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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 Nicknames for Baby 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