Meaning and name origin
Matilda \m(a)-til-da, mat(i)-lda\ as a girl's name is pronounced muh-TIL-dah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Matilda is "mighty in battle". William the Conqueror's Queen Matilda (11th century) brought the name to Britain, when it was pronounced "maud". It was revived in the 18th century for awhile. A saint's name.
Matilda▼ has 23 variant forms: Mafalda, Maffalda, Maitilde, Maltilda, Maltilde, Mat, Matelda, Mathilda▼, Mathilde▼, Matilde▼, Matti, Mattie▼, Matty, Maud▼, Maude▼, Maudie▼, Tilda▼, Tilde, Tildie, Tildy, Tilli, Tillie▼ and Tilly.
For more information, see also the related girl name Madison.
Matilda is a very popular first name for females (#707 out of 4276, Top 17%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Matilda for girls. Matilda reached its highest rank of #110 in the U.S. in 1880-1889 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Matilda and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Madison (#9), Matilda (#583), Mattie (#958), Tilda, Tilde, Tillie, Tilly, Maudie, Maude, Mathilda, Matilde, Mafalda, Maud and Mathilde. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).