First recorded as a given name of Latvians in 1888. Feminine form of Valdis, from valdīt (“to rule”), and shortened from compound names containing the similar Germanic name element.
- A female given name.
- Klāvs Siliņš: Latviešu personvārdu vārdnīca. Riga "Zinātne" 1990, ISBN 5-7966-0278-0
-  Population Register of Latvia: Valda was the only given name of 2484 persons in Latvia on May 21st 2010.