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Gender: Female Origin of Tilda: Estonian, diminutive of Matilda Meaning of Matilda: German, "battle-mighty"

The name Tilda is a girl's name of Spanish, Estonian origin. Tilda and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Actress Tilda Swinton injected this dated nickname name with some modern charm.

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Famous People Named Tilda

Katherine Mathilda "Tilda" Swinton, English actress
Tilda Thamar (born Matilde Sofía Margarita Abrecht), Argentine actress

Pop Culture References for the name Tilda

Tilda, flower girl in 'No. 5 John Street' (1902) by Richard Whiteing
Tilda Price, character who marries John Browdie in 'Nicholas Nickleby' (1839) by Charles Dickens
Tilda, daughter of Bard in movie 'The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug'

Thildie, Tillie, Tildy, Thilde, Tilly, Thilda, Tilde


Ruanne Says:


Same here!

Mhill46 Says:


I surprisingly like this way more than Matilda!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love Tilda so much. I'm a fan of Tillie and Mattie for Matilda, but lately, am loving Tilda even more. It's precious to me.

Bobcat108 Says:


For those of us who are grammar geeks, Tilda would be a very subtle reference to punctuation (look at the key directly below the Escape key & you'll see a tilde). ; )

lesliemarion Says:


Me too. Matilda does not feel fresh any more to me, but Tilda is mighty sounding and refreshing.

flora_kate Says:


Cute! I actually like it better as a full name than as a nn for Matilda