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Gender: Female Meaning of Mathilda: "battle-mighty" Origin of Mathilda: Variation of Matilda

The name Mathilda is a girl's name meaning "battle-mighty". Mathilda and is often added to lists like Girl Names Uncommon in the US and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

The addition of the h makes it more Old World, which is not the direction you want to push Matilda in.

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Famous People Named Mathilda

Mathilda May (born Karima Mathilda Haïm), French actress
Mathilda Charlotta Berwald, Finnish-Swedish opera singer
Mathilda Fredrika Gelhaar, Swedish opera singer
Mathilda Guez, Israeli politician
Mathilda Valeria Beatrix d'Orozco, Swedish noble, salonist, composer and poet
Mathilda Malling, Swedish novelist
Mathilda Ereni Gianopoulos, daughter of actress Molly Ringwald and writer Panio Gianopoulos

Pop Culture References for the name Mathilda

"Mathilda," novella by Mary Shelley
Mathilda, Alice's sister in Disney's "Alice in Wonderland"
Mathilda McCann, character in movie "A Simple Twist of Fate"
Mathilda Lando, character in the movie Léon: The Professiona
Mathilda, character portrayed by Natalie Portman in the film "Leon: The Professional"


nursesaide Says:


I love this name. My name is Meghan with an H and I always thought it made me unique. If I prove to not be a boy maker and have a little girl next time, this is a top contender! I love the association with Matilda Wormwood and the nn Tilly is adorable!

MargotBear Says:


My sister is called Mathilda, she loves the extra H and it’s far more unique!

sablemae98 Says:


The fact that Mathilda feels more "Old World" points to the idea that Matilda is the variation, not the other way around.

snowyowlgal Says:


Love it so much more with an H.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Isn't this the original spelling? I like it. The views expressed in the description are negative. For many of us, old-fashioned or traditional is the direction we do want to head in.

Ms Says:


harsh nameberry!
i agree with eleanorall1- Why the hate?
Skylucy is right. Its not your place to tell us adding a H 'isn't the dicection you want to push it in'. especially in a definition. it's a definition not an opinion column.

gummybear0724 Says:


I LOVE MATHILDA. I'm not a fan of Matilda

Skylucy Says:


I'm sure lots of people love 'Mathilda' - it's not really Nameberry's place to tell users that the addition of an H isn't the 'direction you want push Matilda in' is it? That's a nasty note!

Sjkopsa Says:


Same! Mathilda > Matilda

EmChristopher Says:


I agree completely. I would only ever use this spelling.

EleanorAll1 Says:


Why the hate, nameberry? I love Mathilda but am not a fan of Matilda.