Hi all.. I'm 26 weeks pregnant with my first baby, a little girl.. My hubby and I have decided on the name and how to spell it but I'm still a little hesitant as some close friends of mine have advised against the way we've decided to spell it... The name is Mathilda (pronounced: mah-til-dah) the meaning is 'Mighty in Battle'.. Originating from old Germanic... I know that the preferred spelling these days is Matilda, but I like it with the 'H' as this is the original spelling of the name.. I'm worried people will pronounce it math-il-da...
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20-01-2016 14:54 #1
Advice on spelling of girls name
20-01-2016 14:56 #2
I would go with Matilda, personally.
20-01-2016 14:58 #3
I would go with Matilda.
I'd say it'd get mispronounced often with the h.
20-01-2016 15:01 #4
I think the spelling 'Mathilda' is lovely! Go with what you like best
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20-01-2016 15:01 #5
Hmmm, it's a tricky one. Although I am Australian, I have European background, so to see the 'th' seems normal to me and I would pronounce it as Mah-til-da, and the same when I see Nathalie, I don't say 'Nath-a-lee.
However, I think due to the popularity of Matilda in recent years, you may have issues with people wondering how to pronounce it if they aren't aware of it's origins etc.
20-01-2016 15:05 #6Senior Member
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If pronounce it Matilda, but I like the 'th' spelling.
I would know that the 'h' is silent.
But then I have a name that often gets pronounced wrong and it doesn't bother me
20-01-2016 15:18 #7
Well, it's not really silent.. Mat-Hilda.. My name is Chrystal and I still have to spell it everywhere I go... I'm still sold on it with the H.. 😃
20-01-2016 15:22 #8
I like it with the h, but I think you'd be forever correcting the way other people would spell it, as I think most would assume 'Matilda'
20-01-2016 15:28 #9
I prefer the spelling with the H. It's a common enough spelling and seriously, people ask for all names to be spelled out these days given the variations in how names are spelled. If you like it, use it. Even really common names have different spellings like Kathryn/Catherine/Katherine or Nicole/Nicolle/Nichole or Dianne/Diane, Maree/Marie.....you get the gist.
Go with what you like. It's not often you get to name a person.
20-01-2016 15:35 #10
I love the traditional spelling! I have the less commonly spelt version of a common name that everyone knows - it's really no big deal.
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