Mathilda: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Mathilda

Mathilda

Pronunciation: mah-TIL-də (key)

Origin of the name Matilda:

Derived from the Old High German Mahthilda (powerful in battle), a compound name composed of the elements maht (might, power) and hiltia (battle).

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Gender: F
Origin of Matilda: German
Meaning of Matilda: "battle-mighty"

Matilda's Popularity in 2009: #762

Matilda -- a "so far out it's in" favorite -- is back in the Top 1,000 for the second year after an absence of 45 years. The comeback of this name of the charming Roald Dahl heroine Matilda was assured when Michelle Williams and the late Heath Ledger chose Matilda for their daughter. Matilda has two great nicknames: Tillie for the bold, Mattie for the shy.

Nicknames & Variations for Matilda:
Mahilda, Makilde, Malkin, Mat, Mathilda, Matti, Mattie, Matty, Maud, Maude, Maudie, Tilde, Tildie, Tildy, Tilli, Tillie, Tilly

Matilda's International Variations:
Mala, Tylda, Tila, Matylda, Macia (Czech) Mathilde (French) Mette, Mechtilde (German) Matelda, Mafalda (Italian) Matusha, Mati, Tilda, Matilde (Spanish)

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Tilly, Maude, Maddy, Tilda, Hilda

Meanings and history of the name Mathilda: | Edit

Brave Maiden; William the Conqueror's wife was named Mathilda

Famous real-life people named Mathilda: | Edit

Actress Tilda Swinton was born Katherine Mathilda Swinton and goes by the shortened form of her middle name.
Mathilda Ramsay: Daughter of chef Gordon Ramsay

Mathilda in song, story & screen: | Edit

Mathilda is the 12-year old heroine in Léon (aka the Professional).
See also "Matilda" for many other associations, including "Waltzing Matilda" in which the name is sometimes spelled "Mathilda."

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