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Gender: Female Meaning of Matilda: "battle-mighty" Origin of Matilda: German Matilda's Popularity in 2017: #521

The name Matilda is a girl's name of German origin meaning "battle-mighty". Matilda is ranked #521 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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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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Famous People Named Matilda

Saint Matilda of Ringelheim, Queen consort of Henry the Fowler of Germany
Matilda of Flanders, Queen consort of William the Conqueror
Matilda of Scotland, Queen consort of Henry I of England
Matilda, Holy Roman Empress consort of Henry V; daughter of Henry I and Matilda of Scotland; claimant to the English throne
Matilda of Boulogne, Queen consort of Stephen of England
Matilda of Savoy, Queen consort of Afonso Henriques of Portugal
Matilda of Holstein, Queen consort of Abel of Denmark
Matilda of England, Duchess of Saxony and of Bavaria; daughter of Henry II
Matilda of Tuscany, Italian feudal ruler and military leader
Matilda FitzRoy, several illegitimate daughters of Henry I of England
Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage, American suffragist
Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Italian model and actress
Matilda Anne Mackarness, English novelist
Matilda Agnes Heron, American stage actress
Mary Matilda Betham, English diarist and painter
Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, American operatic soprano
Matilda Sturridge, English actress; sister of actor Tom Sturridge
Matilda Mecini, Miss Albania 2008
Matilda Coxe Stevenson, American ethnologist and author
Matilda Moldenhauer Brooks, American biologist who studied carbon monoxide
Matilda Lowther, British model
Matilda "Tilly" Keeper, English actress
Matilda Mary "Tilly" Devine, English-Australian gangster and folk figure
Matilda Emily "Tilly" Bagshawe, English novelist
Matilda Shapland, English actress
Katherine Matilda "Tilda" Swinton, Anglo-Scottish actress
Matilda Brown, Australian actress; daughter of actress Rachel Ward
Matilda Kerwin (b. 1993), daughter of actor Brian Kerwin
Matilda Violet Roche (b. 1998), daughter of actress Nell Campbell and Eamonn Roche
Matilda "Tilly" Ramsay (b. 2001), daughter of TV chef Gordon Ramsay
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"
Matilda, a house robot on TV's "Robot Wars"
Matilda Santiago, character in movie "Elysium"
Matilda Harriet Jane "Mattie" Hunter, character on Australian soap "Home and Away"
Matilda "Tilda" Price Browdie, character in Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby"
Matilda, character in "A Waltz for Matilda" by Jackie French
Matilda "Mattie" Cook, character in Laurie Halse Anderson's "Fever 1793""
Matilda, character in British comic strip "Dennis & Gnasher"
Matilda Angelina Araminta Phelps, Tom Sawyer's baby cousin in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Matilda "Miss Matty" Jenkys, character on TV's Cranford
Matilda, a character in Horace Walpole's "The Castle of Otranto"
Matilda "Mattie" Ashby, character on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
Matilda "Tillie" Binks, character in film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
Matilda "Matty" Webber, character on TV's "MacGyver"
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
"Matilda," song by British band Little Comets
"Waltzing Matilda," Australian popular song
Matilda McDuck, aunt of Donald Duck

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)