Meaning and Name Origin
Matilda \m(a)-til-da, mat(i)-lda\ 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.
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 a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Matilda for girls. Matilda reached its apex rank of #110 in the U.S. then, and is at #583 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names was at its peak during the years 1880-1889 and is now much less, with forms like Mattie, Maude, Maudie, Tilda and Tillie becoming somewhat dated. Madison (#9) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)