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Matilda was also an Emglish princess in the 12th Century. She was the daughter of Henry I and the mother of Henry II. When Henry I died, she was named his heir and should have been queen but her cousin Stephen seized the throne. She waged a civil war against him but was unsuccessful.
-- Anonymous User  5/7/2005
Matilda is used in a beloved song by The Pogues about Galipoli "Waltzing Matilda" and Tom Waits has a song by the same name, to mean "travelling". Also "Waltzing Matilda" is an Aussie folk song.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2005
I like this with the nickname Tilly.
-- mum2bubba  10/21/2005
Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams daughter's name is Matilda Rose Ledger.
-- namefanatic  11/5/2005
I am Australian, and because of the song "Waltzing Matilda" which is basically our unofficial national anthem, the name is not widely used. However, there is now a character on the Australian tv show "Home and Away" named Matilda so my prediction is that it will get more popular in the next few years. In Australia, anyway.
-- ljfraser  11/13/2005
"Matilda" is also the name of a book by Roald Dahl.
-- Anonymous User  12/13/2005
There is also the kids movie, Matilda. Cute name, great nicknames, Mattie and Tilly.
-- Anonymous User  6/4/2006
In the movie "Matilda" a girl named Matilda has powers.
-- Anonymous User  11/17/2007
It's sooo adorable. I love it.
-- Mommy2B  4/4/2006
My grandmother's middle name - she wanted me to be named after her. My mother had better sense, barely, since I'm not real crazy about the one she chose.
-- Anonymous User  5/25/2006
In Dante's Divine Comedy, Matilda is a mysterious singing woman who meets Dante in the Earthly Paradise and leads him to the waters of the twin rivers Lethe and Eunoe where his bad memories are cleansed and his good memories restored. Dante compares her to Persephone, the goddess of spring.
-- prisca  6/9/2006
Frank Peretti wrote a book called "Tilly," which puts abortion in a Christian point of view.
-- avalah  6/23/2006
Matilda sounds cold and harsh but the nickname Tillie is very cute and sweet.
-- Anonymous User  9/10/2006
This name sounds really dumb. No offense to the Matildas out there. If your name is Matilda, make people call you Tilly or Tillie.
-- Taydbug112  10/9/2006
I don't really like this name. It sounds like the name of a nasty old witch from a fairy tale or something.
-- Anonymous User  11/18/2006
There is a famous children's poem, Matilda Who Told Lies, And Was Burned To Death, by Hillaire Belloc.
-- tallie  12/23/2006
Matilda´s pet forms are Tilly, Matt, Mattie, Matilinka.
-- Maggie_Simpson  2/22/2007
This name is lovely. The meaning, and the sound.
-- nothingshortoftragic  3/21/2007
I like this name maybe because of the movie Matilda. Anyway this is a classic strong name for a girl. If you want a strong yet decent name consider this one.
Oh and I am not too fond of the nickname Tilly/Tillie. It sounds so childish and boyish even. I guess it could be cute for young kids but not for older people. It also doesnt help that I know a shopping place called Tilly's.
-- Anonymous User  4/19/2007
Reminds me so much of Australia because of the popular song Waltzing Matilda. I personally think it is a really nice name. Problem is I always get the image of Mara Wilson (is that her name) playing Matilda in the book turned movie. That movie creeped me out for some reason.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2007
Also a feminine name in Slovenia, popular before 1920.
-- earthnut  7/2/2007
Matilda is also the Czech and Slovak form.
Name Day: 14th March.
-- Karcoolka  7/12/2007
I love the name Matilda. I think that it is a classy name that will always be used.
-- EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  7/14/2007
Matilda is also used in Finland. [noted -ed]
Name Day: 14.3
-- ToveTer  8/18/2007
This is my name. When I was younger, I hated it, but now I like it so much. I think it sounds soft and pretty. I love an old nickname of mine, Tilda. It sounds even better without the "ma". I've also been called Matti, Matte, Mattitilda and Mat-ilda. But now, thank god, everyone calles me Matilda, plainly. And I couldn't be more happy about it.
-- DoffeT  9/2/2007
I'm not male, but I find this name VERY ATTRACTIVE.
-- spaz123  10/2/2007
Never heard of Tillie as a nickname for Matilda, but I think the nickname Mattie is very nice.
-- Anonymous User  10/9/2007
Tilda Swinton, who played the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia and Gabriel in Constantine, is named Matilda and called Tilda for short.
-- Wunderkind_Princess  11/11/2007
I love this name! Though I must admit it sounds really old-fashioned and maybe a bit uptight, I still have a totally cheesy love for it. Also Mathilda is nice. And Tilda is such a great nickname!
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2007
Matilda was THE name to have if you were a queen or princess in the Middle Ages.
-- elizabeth hamlet  1/4/2008
I don't like it. Sounds like a name for a family cow. "Hey Jeb! I gotta go yonder and milk Matilda. She's been mooing all day!"
-- angolmois  2/19/2008
This is my name although it's somewhat old and dreadful to some people, Matilda is a classic name that I was able to use as a child and now as an adult. I would recommend Mattie, not Tilly, as a nickname if you must.
-- Anonymous User  3/2/2008
I love this name. It's really strong and feminine without being girly. I also love the Aussie-song Waltzing Matilda, the book by Roald Dahl and the film based on it.
-- renee06  4/16/2008
Moderator Pavlína Spálená and Jan Bubeník have a daughter Matilda Bubeníková.
-- Emilie007  9/9/2008
The name 'Matilda' was popularised by the Normans but it was not really introduced to England by them. If you look at the Anglo-Saxon poem 'Deor' you will find the name 'Mæðhilde' which is the pre-latinised form of Matilda.
-- Sarita  9/16/2008
I adore this name. At first I just thought it was sweet but probably wouldn't use it, but now it's my second favorite girls named (right after Eleanor). I think it's very sweet and classy. I don't care for any of the nicknames though, except for the occasional Tilly. Mattie is too much like the trendy Maddie, and Tilda just isn't my style.
-- Joan-Ay  10/24/2008
I never thought I'd see a name trendy with the Normans become trendy in the 21st century. If Matilda can be hip again, maybe there's hope for unrelated crusties like Beulah, Gertrude and Brunhilde.
-- Anonymous User  11/6/2008
I think this is a sweet name. A nickname could be Maddie. Not so fond of Mattie, too much like "matted" fur or Matthew. Maddie is more feminine than Mattie.
-- willarose93  1/8/2009
This name is also used (but rarely) in the Netherlands where it is pronounced mah-TIL-dah.
-- renee06  3/6/2009
One of my friends is Matilda and sometimes my other friends and I call her Matilly to annoy her. :)
-- emsie_kat  4/12/2009
The medieval English Queen Matilda was a courageous and determined lady, sticking up for her rights against her cousin, King Stephen. There is the well-known story of how she escaped from Oxford Castle during a snowstorm, dressed in white so that Stephen's men wouldn't notice her against the white landscape.
She's a good role model for a girl, and her name has a certain zest about it (especially with the nickname Tillie, Tilly) and a pretty middle name. But her name in the vernacular, Maud, is so plain and unattractive.
-- Jonquil  4/17/2009
This is a really pretty name, though I'm not too fond of the nicknames it has. Putting the nicknames aside, this is a great name because it can sound mature or child-like. Very Beautiful, love it! (:
-- RosePetals016  6/30/2009
Also a girls name in Croatia. Popular before WWII, and again since the middle 1970's.
-- goricar  11/21/2009
I love this name it's super cute. But it was number 828 last year. That sort of makes me like I don't know. I strictly can't use names on the top 1000 list. Hopefully it doesn't become common. Lol, I know that's weird but that's me. Anyways I think this name is super adorable.
-- italiannames  11/28/2009
This name was out of the top 1000 for decades until 2008-- I am sure Heath Ledger's death has influenced the increased popularity (it's his daughter's name).
-- emily  1/29/2010
This name is growing on me, but it does sound very serious and not very... I don't know, fit for a child? But, the nicknames Mattie and Tilly are adorable.
-- Chrila96  10/5/2010
Mainstream trendy in Australia and England now.
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2011
This name is more popular in Australia than anywhere else in the world - it's a Top Twenty name.

Because "Waltzing Matilda" is our national song, Matilda the Boxing Kangaroo was our mascot for the 1982 Commonwealth Games and the Matildas are our women's soccer team, the name is seen as an extremely patriotic one.

(The "Matilda" in the song "Waltzing Matilda" is the bundle a swagman carries; it isn't about a dancing woman called Matilda).

Matilda Bay is a natural bay on the Swan River in Western Australia, and the Matilda Bay Brewing Company is an Australian brewery, owned by the Foster's Group.

It's a VERY Australian name.
-- keepitreal  1/25/2011
This name has quite a nice ring to it, even if it does sound a bit evil. It reminds me of a gypsy or something.
-- Hushpuppy  1/1/2012
Matilda is my name and I absolutely love it! It is such a strong solid name and it fits me perfectly, as does the shortened form 'Tilly'.
-- Anonymous User  4/12/2012
My name is Matilda, but I go by both Mattie and Tilly. Some people spell it 'Maddy' but once I correct them it's all fine. I love the name, it has a beautiful history, and it doesn't sound cold at all.

My parents got the name from my older brother, who was obsessed with Roald Dahl books when he was younger. When my parents asked what he thought I should be called, it was between 'Matilda' and 'Sophie', the heroine of the B.F.G. My parents fell in love with the name.
-- Anonymous User  5/6/2012
Matilda was the daughter of William the Conqueror and was named after her mother Matilda of Flanders.
-- CarolinW  6/6/2012
Matilda of England (1156-1189) was the oldest daughter of Henry II of England and his wife Eleonore of Aquitaine. She married Henry "the Lion", Duke of Saxony and Bavaria.
-- CarolinW  6/7/2012
Matilda was the daughter of King Stephen of England and his wife Matilda.
-- CarolinW  6/8/2012
I'm a Matilda. People always call me Tilly or Tilda or Frecktilda (because I have freckles) anyway I don't know any other Matildas. I would love to hear from another one!
-- tilly27  6/29/2012
Popular but gorgeous. And it is patriotic as I am Aussie. Love the nicknames Mattie, Millie and Tillie or even Maddie.
-- littlemissebony  7/23/2012
I would consider naming my kid this, if it didn't remind me (and everyone else) of the movie.
-- Anonymous User  1/11/2013
Matilda "Tilly" Aston was the first blind teacher in Australia.
Matilda Browne was an American painter.
Matilda Gage was an American suffragist and abolitionist.
-- Anonymous User  6/10/2013
Matilda is a great name! It's old fashioned and has recently received a comeback, but not a very big one. I can see it getting more popular in the future, but I don't think it'll ever be as popular as it once was. This of course isn't the case in the UK and Australia. I would like to use this name and if I did, I think I'd use Attie as a nickname because I don't really like Tilly and Mattie unfortunately sounds too much like Maddie.
-- Oohvintage  6/10/2013
I think it's funny - people either love or despise the name Matilda. When pregnant so many people told me they hated the name and tried to talk me out of it. I think it is such a lovely name. I would love to know the name of some of the haters on this thread, so I can let them know what I think of their names. Matilda fits my daughter perfectly and she is the only one in her class that actually has a name that you can spell!
-- patti317  3/24/2014
In Sweden, this name was really common for girls born in the 80s. Not every class room had one, but every school had several. Somehow I never managed to meet a nice Matilda, they were always "mean girls"! Like, popular, but not the most popular (the most popular were always called Jessica or Linda or Jenny). It has a sweet, old-fashioned ring to it, though, if I could just stop thinking of all the Matildas clad in neon pink angora jumpers and neon ski pants, with a high side ponytail in a scrunchie.
-- toxi  4/10/2014
Although Matilda is a top 20 name here in Australia where I'm from, I love it so much! It's regal, spunky and gorgeous! My husband and I will definitely be naming our future daughter Matilda, with the nickname Mattie.
-- Anonymous User  5/15/2014
I loved the name Matilda as a child, because I loved the eponymous Roald Dahl book and Matilda Wormwood was my childhood hero! It's whimsical and spunky, and its strong meaning and rich history makes it a wonderful name to pass on to a daughter.
-- Anonymous User  6/28/2014

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