Editor’s note: Long-time readers will recognize Fran from the many great Baby Names of the Day she’s suggested. This is the story of her youngest child’s lovely name – and proof that narrowing down your list can be a nine-month process – or even longer!
Her name was literally a last minute decision, due to the fact that we could not agree on a name before hand! It wasn’t until we saw her, and my husband held her that he commented that she was a Matilda.
She was going to be Amelia or Amelie for months, so much so I was calling the bump Amy for what seemed like ages. Then she was going to be named Juliet until a friend had their baby, a surprise girl, who was named Juliet. To her credit we didn’t tell her our choices, it just seems we were on the same wavelength! Tilly was also nearly Penelope or Eugenie, both which just didn’t seem perfect enough.
I don’t know if we had as many criteria as we had with her older siblings, but we were looking for something that would fit with her brothers and sisters, plus a longer name with a cute nickname that was preferably useable on it’s own.
The whole family were involved in this, with suggestions ranging from Cordelia to Pepper! (In the extremely unlikely event we have another child at some point we now have an extensive list for girls)
The meaning didn’t really matter too much, but I do like the fact now that the name means “battle-mighty” according to my naming book. Even at 9 1/2 months old she certainly is a little fighter!
She’s the only daughter that I haven’t second-guessed her name in some way. Nobody has asked me to repeat, spell, or explain my choice – which has happened in the past. If she meets another one when she starts school then it doesn’t matter because the name suits her so much. She is just an amazing Matilda!
Thanks so much for sharing, Fran. Tilly is a great name – well worth all of the effort!