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Matilda -- Meaning, Origin, and/or Other Information

Information on Matilda includes the fact that it means "Powerful in battle." This eMedTV resource offers additional information on the name Matilda.

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Matilda is from Old German meaning Powerful in battle.
Alternates for Matilda include: Maitilde, Matelda, Mathilda, Mathilde, Matilde, Matti, Mattie, Matty, Maud, and Maude
Matilda is associated with these categories: Queen, and British Royalty
Famous people named Matilda
Matilda Wormwood, Book Character: Matilda is a novel by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It was first published in London in 1988 by Jonathan Cape. It was adapted into a film in 1996. Matilda Wormwood is the leading character in this famous children's book.
Empress Matilda, Royalty: Sometimes referred to as Matilda of England or Maude, she was the daughter and heir of King Henry I of England. Matilda and her younger brother, William Adelin, were the only legitimate children of King Henry. Her brother died young in the White ship disaster, leaving Matilda as the last heir from the paternal line of her grandfather William the Conqueror.\n\nAlthough it lasted only a few months, Matilda was the first female ruler of the Kingdom of England. She died in September of 1167 at the age of 65.
Matilda of Flanders, Royalty: At only 4'2", Matilda of Flanders was Queen consort of the Kingdom of England and the wife of William I the Conqueror. Matilda bore William eleven children. After she died, in 1083 at the age of 51, William became tyrannical, and people blamed it on his having lost her. \n
Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage, Activist: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage (March 24, 1826 – March 18, 1898) was a suffragist, a Native American activist, an abolitionist, a freethinker, and a prolific author, who was "born with a hatred of oppression".
Famous Children Named Matilda
Given name: Matilda Rose
Father: Heath Ledger, Actor
Mother: Michelle Williams, Actress

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