From the Germanic
meaning "strength in battle", from the elements maht
"might, strength" and hild
Matilda was the wife of the 10th-century German king Henry I the Fowler. The name was brought to England by the Normans
, being borne by the wife of William the Conqueror himself. It was popular until the 15th century in England, usually in the vernacular form Maud
. Both forms were revived by the 19th century. This name appears in the popular Australian folk song 'Waltzing Matilda', written in 1895.