MATILDA
GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: mə-TIL-də (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle", from the elements maht "might, strength" and hild "battle". Saint 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.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Mathilda, Maud, Maude (English), Mathilda (Swedish)
DIMINUTIVES: Mattie, Tilda, Tillie, Tilly, Maudie (English), Tilda (Swedish), Tilda (Finnish)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Mahthildis, Mathilda (Ancient Germanic), Matylda (Czech), Mathilde (Danish), Machteld, Mathilde, Mechteld, Maud, Til (Dutch), Mahaut, Mathilde (French), Mathilde, Mechthild, Mechtilde (German), Matild (Hungarian), Mafalda, Matilde (Italian), Til (Limburgish), Mathilde (Norwegian), Matylda (Polish), Mafalda, Matilde (Portuguese), Matilde (Spanish), Mallt (Welsh)
Popularity
United States  ranked #644 
England/Wales  ranked #47 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #18 
Chile  ranked #53 
Finland  ranked #43 
New Zealand  ranked #95 
Sweden  ranked #45