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Gender: F Meaning of Matilda: "battle-mighty" Origin of Matilda: German Matilda's Popularity in 2015: #535

The comeback of this sweet vintage name has been prompted by a boomlet of starbaby Matildas, beginning with chef Gordon Ramsey's in 2002 and Moon Unit Zappa's two years later. But the renaissance of this name of the charming Roald Dahl heroine was assured when Michelle Williams and the late Heath Ledger chose Matilda for their daughter.

Matilda was introduced to the English-speaking world by the eleventh century Matilda of Flanders, queen of William the Conqueror, then used for his granddaughter, known as Maud. In literature, Matilda appeared in Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby. Trivia tidbit: The Matilda in the Australian song 'Waltzing Matilda' refers not to a person but to the knapsacks that swing, or waltz, on the backs of itinerant laborers as they walk along.

Currently Number 36 in England and 20 in Australia, Matilda has a choice of great nicknames: Tillie for the bold, Mattie for the shy, Tilda for the slightly more eccentric, such as Tilda Swinton, born Katherine Matilda.

Molly Ringwald used the spelling Mathilda for her daughter.

Famous People Named Matilda

Saint Matilda of Ringelheim, Queen consort of Henry I of Germany
Matilda of Flanders, Queen consort of William the Conqueror
Matilda, Holy Roman Empress as wife of Henry V; claimant to the English throne
Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage, American suffragist
Matilda Coxe Stevenson, American ethnologist and author
Matilda Lowther, British model
Katherine Matilda "Tilda" Swinton, Anglo-Scottish actress
Matilda Kerwin (b. 1993), daughter of actor Brian Kerwin
Matilda Violet Roche (b. 1998), daughter of actress Nell Campbell and Eamonn Roche
Matilda Cole (b. 2002), daughter of actress Kate Isitt and director Nigel Cole
Matilda Louise Henricks (b. 2002), daughter of singer Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols and Travis Henricks
Matilda Rose Ledger (b. 2005), daughter of actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams
Matilda Martha Thykier (b. 2006), daughter of TV presenter Claudia Winkleman and Kris Thykier
Matilda Clutterbuck, daughter of actor Andrew Lincoln
Matilda Lily Nora Darling (b. 2008), daughter of actress Kaye Wragg and Jamie Darling
Matilda Kewell (b. 2008), daughter of actress Sheree Murphy and footballer Harry Kewell
Matilda Bethany Sidwell (b. 2009), daughter of actor Aaron Sidwell
Matilda Belle Pegg (b. 2009), daughter of actor Simon Pegg
Matilda Francis (b. 2009), daughter of actor/comedian Leigh Francis
Matilda Beau Albrighton (b. 2012), daughter of footballer Marc Albrighton
Matilda Smith (b. 2013), daughter of rugby player Cameron Smith
Matilda Vettel (b. 2015), daughter of racing driver Sebastian Vettel
Matilda Jessica Sinclair (b. 2015), daughter of actress Helen Flanagan and footballer Scott Sinclair
Matilda Joanne Adams (b. 2016), daughter of TV presenter Amelia Adams

Pop Culture References for the name Matilda

Matilda Wormwood, main character in Roald Dahl's "Matilda," book
Matilda, a house robot on TV's "Robot Wars"
Matilda Santiago, character in movie "Elysium"
Matilda "Mattie" Hunter, character from "Home and Away"
Matilda "Tilda" Price Browdie, character in "Nicholas Nickleby"
Matilda, character in "A Waltz for Matilda" by Jackie French.
"Matilda," song by British band Little Comets
Matilda "Mattie" Cook, in Laurie Halse Anderson's "Fever 1793""
Matilda, character in British comic strip "Dennis & Gnasher"
The Matildas, Australian Women's National Football (Soccer) Team
"Matilda," 1978 comedy about a boxing kangaroo
"Matilda," song by Harry Belafonte
"Matilda," song by British band Alt-J
"Waltzing Matilda," Australian popular song
Matilda "Miss Matty" Jenkys, character in Cranford
Matilda, a character in Horace Walpole's "The Castle of Otranto"
Matilda "Mattie" Ashby, character on American soap "The Young and the Restless"

Mattie, Mathilda, Maud, Tilde, Maudie, Mat, Makilde, Mahilda, Malkin, Matti, Tilli, Tillie, Maude, Tildie, Tildy, Tilly, Matty

Matilda's International Variations

Matelda, Mafalda (Italian) Mala, Tylda, Tila, Matylda, Macia (Czech) Matusha, Mati, Tilda, Matilde (Spanish) Mathilde (French) Mette, Mechtilde (German)