Usage English (Rare), German, History
Pronounced Pron. Ba-TIL-də, bu-THIL-du
Other Forms FormsBathild, Bathilde, Batilda, Batild.
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Meaning & History
Variant of BATHILD. This was the name of a 7th-century English saint who became queen of the Franks after being sold to them as a slave. She was canonised for fighting against the slave trade, promoting monasticism and founding a convent. J.K. Rowling used this name in her final Harry Potter novel. Considering the character of Bathilda Bagshot, Rowling may have chosen the name due to its resemblance to "batty" and "old bat".