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What does Matilda mean?

Matilda /mat-il-da/ as a girls' 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 variants: Mafalda, Maffalda, Maitilde, Maltilda, Maltilde, Mat, Matelda, Mathilda, Mathilde, Matilde, Matti, Mattie, Matty, Maud, Maude, Maudie, Tilda, Tilde, Tildie, Tildy, Tilli, Tillie and Tilly.

Affiliated girl name: Madison.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Matilla, Matilma, ..

(male) Matiler, Matili, ..

How popular is Matilda?

Matilda is a very popular first name for females (#707 out of 4276, Top 17%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Matilda for girls. Matilda was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its apex rank of #110 in the U.S. then, and is at #583 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Matilda name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Matilda outside U.S.

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Matilda and affiliated names. Madison (#9 the previous year), Mafalda, Mathilda, Mathilde, Matilde, Mattie (#958), Maud, Maude, Maudie, Tilda, Tilde, Tillie and Tilly are the popular varying forms of Matilda (#583 the previous year). Usage of these relations of Matilda was at its peak during 1880-1889 (adoption of 1.6%) and is now much diminished (adoption 0.8%, 50.5%), with forms like Matilda becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Matilda, Madison, Mafalda, Mathilda, Mathilde in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Matilde, Mattie, Maud, Maude, Maudie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tilda, Tillie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Matilda, Madison, Tilda, Tilde, Tilly outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Barinda, Bathilda, Batilda, Batilde (see Bathilda), Bertilda, Casilda, Cassilda, Gilda, Gunilda, Hamida, Hilda, Larinda, Madella, Madina, Magda, Magnilda, Mahala, Mahalya, Mahelia, Mahina, Maida, Majida, Majidah, Makyla, Mala, Malea, Malia, Malicia, Malika, Malinda, Malinde, Malissa, Malita, Malitta, Malva, Marelda, Mariana, Marianda, Maricia, Marilda, Marilin, Marilis, Marilla, Marilou, Marilyn, Marina, Marinda, Marisha, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza, Mariza, Martella, Martia, Martita, Masina, Matana, Mathea, Matrena, Matryna, Matthea, Mavina, Maxina, Mayda, Melida, Meralda, Milka, Minda, Mirilla, Nagida, Naida, Renilda, Sarilda, Thilda and Zarinda. These names tend to be less commonly used than Matilda.