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Gender: Female Meaning of Matilda: "battle-mighty" Origin of Matilda: German Matilda's Popularity in 2018: #489

The name Matilda is a girl's name of German origin meaning "battle-mighty". Matilda is ranked #489 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

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The comeback of this sweet vintage name, one of the most stylish girls' names starting with M, 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.

Highly popular in England and 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.

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Pop Culture References for the name Matilda

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

Matilda's International Variations

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

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