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What does Tilly mean?

Tilly Pronunciation of Tilly as a girls' name is of Old German origin, and Tilly means "mighty in battle". Tilly is a version of Matilda (Old German). Tilly is also a derivative of Tilda (Old German).


ASSOCIATED WITH mighty (strong), battle


VARIANTS Tillie, Tilli, Tilley

RELATIONS VIA MATILDA, TILDA Thilda, Thilde, Tilde, Tildie, Tildy

(female) Doly, ..

(male) Tilji, ..

Tilly Palmer (T.P.), ..

How popular is Tilly?

Tilly is an unusual first name for women but a very prominent surname for all people (#21004 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Tilly entered the list in 2017 and reached its highest rank of #1657 in the U.S. in 2018. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Matilda (#489 A YEAR AGO), Tilda, Tilde and Tillie are the prominent varying forms of Tilly (#1657) ranked in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Tilly was widespread among parents in the 1880s (MEDIAN #954) and has become much lower since (#1629, DOWN 85%).

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

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

Similar Names

Tilly is alike in pronunciation to Talea, Talia, Talie, Tallee, Talley, Tallia, Tallie, Tally, Tallya, Tayla, Teela, Tola, Toolya, Toulya, Tula, Tulia, Tulla, Tullia, Tully, Tulya, Twila, Twilla, Twyla, Twylla and Tylee. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Ally, Bailly, Billy, Cally, Cilly, Colly, Delly, Dolly, Eily, Elly, Emilly, Gilly, Hally, Hilly, Holly, Jilly, Jully, Kally, Kelly, Lally, Lilly, Lily, Lolly, Mally, Melly, Milly, Molly, Nelly, Philly, Polly, Reilly, Sally, Teill, Teille, Tibby, Tiffy, Tiny, Trilby, Trillby, Truly, Vally, Wally and Willy. These names tend to be more frequently used than Tilly.

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