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Origin: Ghana
Region Origin: Western Africa

Matilda is a feminine given name of Germanic origin, derived from the Old High German "maht" (meaning "might and strength") and "hild" (meaning "battle"). The name means "mighty in battle" and is the Anglicized form of the Germanic feminine title Mahthildis. It was popularized in England by the Normans, who brought the name to the country. The name Matilda has a rich historical background, with several notable figures and fictional characters bearing the name. In European royalty, Matilda was synonymous with nobility. Some famous people named Matilda include Queen Edith of England and Emperor Henry I's wife. The name has also been featured in popular culture, such as Roald Dahl's character Matilda, who embodies the name's meaning with her fearless defiance and defeat of her nasty adversaries.

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