Tillie Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Tillie:
A short form of Mathilda, derived from the Old High German Mahthilda (powerful in battle), a compound name composed of the elements maht (might, power) and hiltia (battle).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Tillie
My family recently adopted a puppy and we named her Tillie. We were a bit unsure at the beginning as Tillie is generally a nickname for Matilda but we only liked Tillie. Some nicknames we have for her are Tills, Till, Tillie Billie and sometimes as a joke call her Tillisha or T-Dog. Hope this helps❤️
- Personal experiences with the name Tillie
So it's my name, and I kinda like it, but I absolutely hate it when my mother would go "Oh Til-lie, I need you" in a stupid sing-song voice because I knew it meant something bad, and to this way it grates my nerves. Anytime I introduce myself, people have a general list of names that they run through that phonetically sound like my name, like Millie, Lily, Kelly, and sometimes I get "silly?" accompanied with a highly confused expression. Everyone always wonders if my full first name is Tillie, or if it's short for something, or if I'm going by my middle name. Nope. Just Tillie. The follow up question is then, "Well, what's your middle name?" It's Lynn. My name is Tillie Lynn. I get compliments that my name is pretty and unique, and it makes me happy, but it's also a frustration finding a pre-made keychain with my name in it, lol.
I knew a girl in college who started a club with a group of girls, and they all had ridiculous names for themselves and called each other by those names. She was Tillie Titless and another girl in the group was Bertha Boobs.
I once worked with a lady whose name was Thelma, and everybody called her Tillie. I also know Tillie is a nickname for Matilda.
- Nicknames for Tillie
Since Tillie is kind of a nickname already, it's difficult coming up with nicknames, but some of mine have included simply "T", or in middle school, a few of my friends called me "TillBill" which was fun. Some friends now call me "Till", but most just stick with Tillie. Two syllables, pretty easy.
- Meanings and history of the name Tillie
- Famous real-life people named Tillie
Tillie Baldwin (1888-1958), born Anna Mathilda Winger, an early American cowgirl
Tillie Olsen, American author
Tillie Cole, author
- Tillie in song, story & screen
Tillie the Toiler was a popular comic strip in the 1920s.