Matilda...

(48 Posts)
mummabug Mon 21-Jan-13 19:18:30

...is it very popular?

DessieLou Mon 21-Jan-13 19:20:02

I don't know any. Lovely name!

idobelieveinfairies Mon 21-Jan-13 19:23:55

My 5 week old neice is Matilda Grace, she is gorgeous and has lots if compliments about her name.x

I have one who is 2.5 she gets called Matilda, Tilly & Tilda.

Mil hates her name & refused to call her it got months but otherwise only nice comments & haven't met any others

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Mon 21-Jan-13 19:27:02

I have a 4y/o matilda

VBisme Mon 21-Jan-13 19:27:26

Love it, and don't know any.

AmelieRose Mon 21-Jan-13 19:29:16

By far and away my favourite name for a girl. Beautiful!

Exogenesis Mon 21-Jan-13 19:29:54

one of my best friends has a 6 month old, nn Matti grin I think it is a lovely name.

Numberlock Mon 21-Jan-13 19:30:24

Reminds me of the beautiful Alt J song.

VinegarDrinker Mon 21-Jan-13 19:32:15

I love it, it's definitely on our list if this one is a girl.

I am slightly concerned about a Matilda boom because of the Tim Minchin musical though (which I love, too!) ...

Love it, I know a one year old matilda, nn tilly

jojane Mon 21-Jan-13 19:35:19

Dd is 4 and a Matilda, don't know anyone else with that name, she's the only one in her school of 200. We do call her tilda too

AWimbaWay Mon 21-Jan-13 19:38:40

There are two in My ds's year (he's 5), they get called Tilda and Tilly. It's a lovely name.

I don't know any. It was my favourite for DD but DH wasn't keen so we went with something else instead. Love love love it.

PoppyWearer Mon 21-Jan-13 19:51:59

DD's year group of 60 has one Matilda and one Tilly.

I love it and that Alt-J song is just beautiful too.

HappyJustToBe Mon 21-Jan-13 19:55:44

I think it is beautiful. DD is 20 months and I have been to quite a few baby groups since she was born and only come across one Tilly. I don't think it is overly popular.

MaybeAMayBaby Mon 21-Jan-13 20:14:25

Ha! This is one of my favourites too. Good choice.

Which areas IS it popular? I'm in the midlands and in our nursery there are 4 Ella's in my daughters class! My DD is called Eleanor and it drives me crazy blush so don't want the same scenario.

MikeFlowersPops Mon 21-Jan-13 20:20:37

I know one.

It's a nice name. I don't like Tilly though so that would but me off.

ShowOfHands Mon 21-Jan-13 20:32:56

I have one who is 5 and know no others locally. None at her school. She is a Tilda. I don't like Tilly at all and thankfully, neither does she.

I have a ds with an uncommon name and there are going to be 3 in his class if we/they don't move. I made the mistake of teaching a parentcraft session when he was 11 days old and two of the couples heard and liked the name so used it. Just goes to show...

legallyblond Mon 21-Jan-13 22:13:30

I have one! She is always Tilda. We have lived in cities Alwynover 2 years and we've only ever met two others plus a Tilly (that's the full name). Both cities are South, one was north London. Met LOTS of 2 year old Sophias and Avas. And for boys, Stanley's and Finlay's.

I adore Tilda's name!

legallyblond Mon 21-Jan-13 22:14:10

Sorry, iPhone playing up - 2 cities over 2 years!

MidnightMasquerader Tue 22-Jan-13 00:42:37

Yes, it is going through a popularity surge at the moment, as you can see from this thread.

My BF's 4YO is a Matilda. I'm not in the UK.

MJandherdog Tue 22-Jan-13 10:12:37

I have a Matilda (4) and she is always being complimented on having such a beautiful name. I also hate Tilly and thankfully she's never referred to as such. Be warned though, the name means "mighty in battle" so stand by for a very strong-willed and determined little madam...or is that just my Matilda?

SavoyCabbage Tue 22-Jan-13 10:16:14

I know quite a few but I live in Australia and its popular here. Waltzing Matilda and all that.

lovechocolates Tue 22-Jan-13 11:21:11

i love it. i don't know any, but would've used it for my little boy, if he was a girl. I would've used Tilly tho.

Patsy99 Tue 22-Jan-13 11:38:39

Like it. It's quite common in North London I think, I know two.

AnnIonicIsoTronic Tue 22-Jan-13 11:40:36

A bit overused & try-hard right now, IMO. But cute.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 22-Jan-13 13:17:28

Dd (who is two years old) has three friends called Tilly. I would say it is overused.

MoonHare Tue 22-Jan-13 17:31:01

I love it, it's DD3s middle name. It has gained massively in popularity though in last 10 years from 200 babies of this name in 1996 to 1273 in 2010. So it's likely to be one of those 'of it's time' type names, which would date your daughter, like Susan or Tracey does to women in their 50s.

Minty82 Tue 22-Jan-13 18:07:48

I know three between 6mths and 12mths - in fact since DD was born I think I've come across more babies called Matilda than any other name. DD's a Grace so I'm clearly not too fussed about popularity myself - but funnily enough I don't know any others!

Kaekae Tue 22-Jan-13 19:19:14

I think its a really lovely name. I prefer the nn Tilda over Tilly. I know of two Matilda's, one aged 4 and the other aged 7. I know two Tilly's aged 1 and 18. Doesn't seem too popular where I am.

FranglaisMaman Tue 22-Jan-13 20:06:46

LOVE it. Would be having it for my baby if husband didn't hate it!

legallyblond Tue 22-Jan-13 20:17:09

I know I'm biased as I have a Tilda, but I see soo many other names more. Ruby, Sophia, Ella, Ava/Eva/Evie are all super popular (as in at least 2/3 in every group). I know Matilda is popular, bug not that popular in my experience.

legallyblond Tue 22-Jan-13 20:32:02

Also, when you look af the stats for the year I was born (early 80s), I have the no 1 name. There was never another in my year at school. I worked with 2 others (in my large team), but that's it. I wouldn't even think about popularity! It's v deceptive!

Minty82 Tue 22-Jan-13 20:37:50

Ooh, where did you find the early 80s stats legallyblond? I have an extremely popular 80s name too (though I was named after my grandmother), and again, I was the only one in my whole school. Which is probably why I wasn't bothered about inflicting a popular name on DD. Though the popularity thing did put me off Eva, which I also loved, as it just felt that bit too faddy (and I have met hundreds).

Anyway, sorry to derail the thread! Matilda's great - and the Roald Dahl character is a fantastic namesake!

legallyblond Tue 22-Jan-13 22:06:54

Office of national statistics I think...

Mummyface Tue 22-Jan-13 22:10:12

I loved it! My husband wasnt so sure. Heath ledgers daughters name : )

stargirl1701 Tue 22-Jan-13 22:10:50

I love it. I wanted it for dd but DH doesn't like it.

photographerlady Wed 23-Jan-13 15:30:18

my what a beautiful name.. okay I am bias but our little ones will be Matilda Jane come July smile

curiousgeorgie Thu 24-Jan-13 16:41:12

I have a Matilda who is 2, we call her Tilly.

I didn't realise it was so popular but I'm always hearing other people call the same at play groups and Softplay...

Still love it though!

Narked Thu 24-Jan-13 16:58:32

It's beautiful and has always been a favourite of mine but it's too popular for me - 48th most popular in the 2011 stats up from 53rd in 2010.

Narked Thu 24-Jan-13 17:00:25

It's as far from a Tracey name as I can think of though! It makes me think of Norman Queens.

sunnysunnyshine Fri 25-Jan-13 10:39:54

It's a lovely name and a strong possibility for my dd but I have to say the growing popularity is putting me off. This thread has made me realise its even more popular than I thought!

Such a shame but I would hate her to be one of 4 in her year...

monica77798 Fri 25-Jan-13 11:04:17

Matilda is a great name!

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Fri 25-Jan-13 11:08:59

I know four Matlidas!

goinglone Fri 25-Jan-13 12:23:04

Very very popular here in London. I know absolutely loads of Matilda/Mathilda/Tillys.

goinglone Fri 25-Jan-13 12:24:17

I agree, it's definitely 'of its time'.

DessieLou Mon 28-Jan-13 02:18:45

Blimey, didn't realise Matilda was the next big thing. I love it, but could I have a Madeleine & Matilda?! Surname begins with m too!

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