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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.
Also a feminine name in Slovenia, popular before 1920.
Matilda is also the Czech and Slovak form.
Name Day: 14th March.
Matilda is also used in Finland. [noted -ed]
Name Day: 14.3
Matilda was THE name to have if you were a queen or princess in the Middle Ages.
This name is also used (but rarely) in the Netherlands where it is pronounced mah-TIL-dah.
Also a girls name in Croatia. Popular before WWII, and again since the middle 1970's.
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).
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.
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.
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