Matilda Name Meaning & Origin

Matilda

Pronunciation: mah-TIL-də (key)

Origin of the name Matilda:

Derived from the Old High German Mahthilda (powerful in battle), a compound name composed of the elements maht (might, power) and hiltia (battle).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nicknames for Matilda

Tilda, Tilder, Tillie, Tilly, Mattie, Milly, Millie, Milla, Tia, Tildy, Mimi, Mally, Molly, Tilsie, Tess, Tilla, Maddie, Matt, Matey
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Meanings and history of the name Matilda

The meaning of the name Matilda is strength in battle.

Famous real-life people named Matilda

Matilda Joslyn Gage, 19th century American feminist
Mathilda Gelhaar, Swedish opera singer
Matilda Coxe Stevenson, American ethnologist and author
Empress Matilda, the first female ruler of England (she ruled for a few months during The Anarchy)
Saint Margaret of Scotland
Tilda Swinton, actress (full name Katherine Matilda)
Matilda Ramsay, British actress, television presenter and television chef

Matilda in song, story & screen

Matilda, title character of the children's book "Matilda" by Roald Dahl, published 1988.
"Waltzing Matilda" is an Australian folk song written by Banjo Paterson in 1895.
"Matilda", song by Harry Belafonte, also done by the Grateful Dead
Matilda "Maddie" Warden, one-half of fraternal twins, in the "Superjail!" fanfic "Extended Stay."
"Matilda" (2012) is a song by the band Alt-J, and is inspired by the film 'Leon: The Professional'. The song is also covered by the band Paramore

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