August 27, 2014 § 3 Comments
Alternate spelling of “Tillie“, diminutive of “Matilda“, meaning “strength in battle” or “mighty battle-maid”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Malta, Mathilda, Mathilde, Matilda, Matilde, Mattie, Matty, Maud, Maude, Maudie, Tilda, Tilde, Tillie, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Tilly Drake, a girl someone played a mean trick on the year before Marian’s much-talked-of party, in “An April Fool”, from Nora Perry’s A Flock of Girls and Boys (1895).
– Tilly Morris, a kind-hearted, level-headed New York girl in “That Little Smith Girl” from A Flock of Girls and Boys.
– Tilly Aston (1873-1947), Australian activist and writer.
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