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Baby name Matilda


Matilda, which may be more commonly known in Europe for its nickname Maud, is making a comeback. What was only a top 1,000 name only a few decades ago is once again a top 500 option. Consider Matilda as a strong choice for your daughter and a meaning full of pride.

Meaning of the Name Matilda

Matilda originates from the German name Mahthildis, who was the wife of Henry 1 the Fowler in Germany. The name was brought to England after the Norman Invasion in the Middle Ages, leading William the Conqueror's queen and granddaughter to have the name for themselves. Most individuals used both Matilda and Maud until the 1500s, but the name was revitalized in the 1800s.

The baby name Mahthildis translates to “strength in battle,” which is where the meaning “battle-mighty” comes from. Two German root words are used, including “math” and “hild.” The first means “might” or “strength,” while the other means “battle.”

Baby name Matilda

Nicknames for Matilda

Matilda feels strong and hearty. It is a vintage name that can be given a refresh with a fun and modern nickname. Below, we've compiled a list of possible options to help you nickname the Matilda in your life. However, feel free to come up with a nickname that's totally unique to their personality.

  • Maud
  • Maude
  • Mattie
  • Matty
  • Tilly
  • Tillie
  • Tilda
  • Mae 

Matilda Name Details

Style: Traditional

Gender: Matilda is traditionally considered to be a girls name.

Pronunciation: muh-TIL-duh

Syllables: Three

Alternative Spellings for Matilda

  • Mathilda
  • Mathilde
  • Matillda

Matilda Name Popularity

The baby name Matilda was a top 200 name until 2008, though it remained on the top 500 list until 1936 and the top 1,000 list until 1964. The name did not return to the list until almost 50 years later in 2008 at rank 827. Matilda is slowly on the rise though at rank 478 in 2020.

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Great Middle Names for Matilda and Their Meanings

  • June (young, June)
  • Sue (lily)
  • Ruth (friend)
  • Bea (pilgrim, bringer of joy)
  • Quinn (descendent of Conn)
  • Joan (God is gracious)
  • Lou (famous warrior)

Famous People Named Matilda

  • Matilda Gage (suffragist)
  • Matilda Lutz (actress, “Revenge”)
  • Matilda Mackarness (novelist, “Tell Mamma”)
  • Matilda Heron (stage actress, “Camille”)
  • Matilda Jones (opera singer)
  • Matilda Sturridge (actress, “Third Girl”)
  • Matilda Wormwood (character from “Matilda”)
  • Matilda (character from “Robot Wars”)
  • Matilda Santiago (character from “Elysium”)
  • Matilda Hunter (character from “Home and Away”)
  • Matilda (character from “A Waltz for Matilda”)
  • Matilda Cook (character from “Fever 1793”)
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