Matilda - girls name

Matilda name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 99%

Matilda name meaning:

The name Matilda is of German origin and is derived from the elements "maht" meaning "strength" and "hild" meaning "battle." Therefore, the name Matilda can be interpreted to mean "mighty in battle" or "strong in war." This name carries a powerful and assertive connotation, suggesting a girl who is courageous, determined, and resilient.

Matilda is a name that has historical significance, particularly associated with medieval times and the royal courts. It gained popularity due to the Empress Matilda, who was the daughter of King Henry I of England and a claimant to the English throne. She was known for her intelligence, strength of character, and her efforts to assert her rights as a female ruler during a male-dominated era.

In modern times, the name Matilda continues to be embraced by parents who appreciate its strong and independent qualities. It is a name that empowers and encourages girls to be confident in the face of challenges, reminding them of their inner strength and ability to overcome obstacles.

Origin: German

Might, power.


Saints names, Dickens names, Victorian names

Related names

Matilda , Mahault, Mathilde , Matilde , Matty , Matyidy

Other girls names beginning with M


Overall UK ranking: 28 out of 5581

1437 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • England (29)
  • Wales (46)
  • Scotland (121)

Historical popularity of Matilda

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