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What does Tilda mean?

Tilda Pronunciation of Tilda [til-da] as a girls' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Tilda is "mighty in battle". Short form of Matilda. Actress Tilda Swinton.

Associated with: mighty (strong), battle.


Tilda has 7 variants: Thilda, Thilde, Tildie, Tildy, Tilley, Tillie and Tilly.

2 more relations via Matilda: Tilde and Tilli.

Creative forms:
(female) Tilla, Tilte, ..

(male) Tildi, Tilta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Tilda Jacelyn (T.J.), ..

How popular is Tilda?

Tilda is a somewhat popular first name for women (#3846 out of 4276, Top 90%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Tilda reached its apex position of #497 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Matilda (#535 from current records), Tilly, Tillie and Tilde are the popular alternative forms of Tilda appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Tilda reached its highest in the 1880s (average #954) and is now significantly diminished (#1707, 86.3%), with forms like Matilda becoming somewhat dated.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aida, Alda, Allda, Awilda, Cinda, Elda, Gilda, Golda, Hilda, Hinda, Holda, Hulda, Hylda, Kelda, Lida, Linda, Milada, Minda, Nelda, Niada, Nilda, Nillda (see Nilda), Rida, Selda, Tada, Tadda, Talea, Talia, Talma, Talya, Telca, Telka, Telma, Thada, Theda, Thida, Tia, Tiana, Tiara, Tiera, Tikva, Tina, Tinka, Tiona, Tirza, Tisa, Tisha, Tita, Tola, Truda, Tsila, Tula, Tulia, Tulla, Tulya, Twila, Twilla, Tyla, Tzila, Valda, Velda, Vida, Vieda, Walda, Welda, Wilda, Willda, Wylda and Zelda. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tilda.

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