[ 3 syll. ma-til-da, mat-i-lda ] The baby girl name Matilda is pronounced as Mah-TIHL-Dah (English) †. Matilda is used mostly in English, Italian, Portuguese, and Scandinavian. Its language of origin is Germanic. The meaning of Matilda is mighty in battle. It is a two-element name derived from the words 'maht' and 'hild' which are of the meanings might and battle, fight respectively. An old form of the name is Mahthildis (Germanic). The name was borne by Saint Mathilda (895-968), the queen consort of Henry the Fowler, known for her beauty and piety. The name was also borne by Matilda (-1083), the wife of William the Conqueror; thus the name was introduced to English speakers and was later borne by a daughter of Henry I of England. The name fell out of favor after the medieval period and was revived as a learned form in the 18th century.
The name Matilda is used to a great extent; it has 51 derivatives that are used in English and other languages. English derivatives of Matilda include Mahault, Maiti, Maitilda, Maitilde, Maltilda, Maltilde, Mathilda (used in German too), Matia, Matie, Matti, Mattilda, Matyidy, Matyld, Maud, Maude, Metilda, Metilde, Tildie, and Tildy. Other English variants include the contracted forms Mat and Tilda (used in German, Scandinavian, and Spanish too), and the familiar forms Mattie, Matty (used in German too), Pattie, Patty (used in German too), Tillie, and Tilly (used in German too).
Derivatives used in other languages include Machteld (Dutch), Macia (Polish), Maddy (German), Mafalda (Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), Mahaut (French), Mala (Polish), Malkin (German), Mallt (Welsh), Matelda (Italian), Mathild (Hungarian), Mathilde (French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish), Mati (Spanish), Matild (Armenian), Matilde (French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish), Matusha (Spanish), Matylda (Czech and Polish), Mechthild (German), Mechtilde (German), Metta (German), Mette (German), Thilde (German), Tila (Polish), Tilde (German, Scandinavian, and Spanish), and Tylda (Czech).
Matilda is rather popular as a baby girl name. In 1900, 0.109% of baby girls were named Matilda. It was #161 in rank then. The baby name has suffered a substantial loss in popularity since then, and is in recent times of infrequent use. In 2018, its usage was only 0.034% and its ranking #489, but it was nevertheless the most widely used out of all girl names in its family.
A baby name that sounds like Matilda is the Italian name Matelda.
† Pronunciation for Matilda: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)"
A famous person named Matilda is Marie Lloyd, Singer, born Matilda Alice Victoria Wood 12 February 1870 - 7 October 1922, Hoxton, London, England.