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Gender: Female Origin of Mafalda: Italian and Portuguese variation of Matilda

The name Mafalda is a girl's name of Italian, Portuguese origin. Mafalda and is often added to lists like Girl Names Uncommon in the US and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory- Harry Potter".

From the experts:

Mafalda is nearly unknown in the English-speaking world, despite an appearance in Harry Potter. Indeed, it does have a witchy feel. Matilda itself is preferable, or her French form Mathilde, Spanish Matilde, or abbreviation Maud.

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Famous People Named Mafalda

Mafalda of Savoy, Queen consort of Afonso Henriques of Portugal
Mafalda, Infanta of Portugal, Queen consort of Castile
Mafalda, Infanta of Portugal, daughter of Afonso Henriques
Mafalda Maria Elisabetta Anna Romana, Princess of Savoy, Landgravine of Hesse
Mafalda Margarethe, Princess of Hesse, granddaughter of Mafalda of Savoy
Mafalda Arnauth, Portuguese fado singer
Mafalda Favero, Italian soprano
Mafalda Salvatini, Italian soprano
Mafalda Veiga, Portuguese singer-songwriter
Mafalda Martins da Silva Luís de Castro, Portuguese actress
Mafalda-Cecilia Preslavska (b. 1994), daughter of Prince Kyril of Preslav
Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson (b. 2015), daughter of British artist Hugo Wilson and Princess Maria Theresia of Thurn and Taxis

Pop Culture References for the name Mafalda

Mafalda Hopkirk, character in the "Harry Potter" series
"Mafalda," comic strip written and drawn by Argentine cartoonist Quino.
Mafalda, a Harry Potter character originally supposed to be introduced in the fourth book as a Weasley cousin


GenEric Says:


Is this also Spanish? Mafalda the comic is the first place I heard this, it's from Argentina.

ambercat Says:


I ran across this name recently when I read that Al Capone's had a sister named Mafalda. I like the name (don't care for Matilda so much which sounds like an old lady name to me). I asked my mom her feelings about Mafalda and, to my surprise, she didn't care for it.

cricketbell Says:


Love it <3

snowsbeloved Says:


My skirt??!

RoddyThlayli Says:


I like this way more than Matilda.

caetano Says:


This is a gorgeous name.

EW314 Says:


First heard this on Mafalda Hopkirk in HP. It's odd and I wouldn't use it, but I like it. I have such a soft spot for -da names, even the really formidable ones (Clothilda, anyone?) My daughter's middle name is actually the English variant of this, Matilda.

Miriam5 Says:


So I'm from Portugal and Mafalda is really popular name to me. In Portugal is impossible to not know someone with the name Mafalda.

SimoneKadele Says:


Not to say it's a bad name. Actually, it's kind of cool IMO. But I wouldn't use it.

SimoneKadele Says:


"Falda" means "skirt" in Spanish, so I just see that and think "my skirt"...