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Gender: Female Meaning of Tillie: "battle mighty" Origin of Tillie: English, diminutive of Matilda

The name Tillie is a girl's name of English origin meaning "battle mighty". Tillie and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

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A surprise recent hit revival with cutting-edge British, Tribeca and Malibu parents; Tillie, also spelled Tilly, is cute, frilly, and sassy all at once. Tilly is currently Number 90 on the England-Wales popularity list, joining such other Top 100 nickname names as Milly, Maisie, Kitty and Lottie. Tillie along with these other short forms transform proper names rooted in other cultures into true English names for girls.

Writer Tillie Olsen is a feminist favorite. Tillie's Punctured Romance is a classic Mack Sennett silent film, starring Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Marie Dressler; Tillie the Toiler was an iconic flapper comic strip.

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Famous People Named Tillie

Tillie Lerner Olsen, American novelist
Tillie Kidd Fowler, U.S. Congresswoman from Florida
Tillie Schloss Pine, American children's author
Tillie Moreno, Filipina singer
Tillie Baldwin (born Anna Mathilda Winger), American rodeo pioneer
Tillie Anderson, Swedish-American cyclist

Pop Culture References for the name Tillie

Matilda "Tillie" Hunsdorfer, character in Paul Zindel's play "The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"
Tillie Banks, main character in play "Tillie's Nightmare" and 1914 silent film "Tillie's Punctured Romance"
Tillie Hansen, character in 1985 movie "The Aviator"
Tillie Kupermann, character in "Blythewood" by Carol Goodman
Māreikura "Tillie" Potts, character on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
"Tillie the Toiler," comic strip by Russ Westover
"Tillie and the Wall," short story by Leo Lionni


tracyseymour1 Says:


Thank you

paulapuddephatt Says:


Tillie is more attractive than Tilly, especially as a given name, but even really as a nickname for Matilda. Millie is nicer than Milly, too - at least, in my opinion.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Like Matilda, don't like Tilly, but LOVE Tillie. To me Tillie makes mor sense.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Tillie is the name of my dog too, I'm terribly sad to hear about your loss.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this. I decided that I did like Matilda, after being unsure for years, but I still feel that this name is nicer on its own.

tracyseymour1 Says:


Tillie was the name of our beloved dog; she was a bichon frise poodle mix. She was "put to sleep" in July of 2013 due to renal and liver failure. I miss her every day... :)

Essa Says:


Love Tillie/Tilly, but have gone through times of trying to convince myself I like Matilda (it's matches my usual style and for the nickname) but I just can't like it for some reason, I think part of the reason is because I grew up thinking it was a name Roald Dahl made up just for the book.

ldougie Says:


This is so cute!