Pondering stylish baby names is a fun game. Everyone has an opinion – and often they are very different to what I expect. A name that kept popping up while I played the Baby Name Game was Matilda.  At first I wasn’t sure about it, I would always pause to think about whether I liked the name.

So I did a bit of research.  Matilda gets high scores on all my criteria for a stylish name. 8/10 friends I asked agreed it is a fabulous and stylish name. I think my hesitation is because of a cultural cringe. In the same way prime ministers shouldn’t wear budgie smugglers, perhaps Matilda is a name best left to the history books?

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Not just an Australian name. Matilda is popular in the UK, Sweden, Chile, & Finland also. 

In the last few years, Matilda has shot up the rankings and is now in the top 20 girls names in Australia.  Many people may think it is just an Australian name, but Matilda is also a top 50 baby name in the UK, Finland, Sweden & Chile.  In the USA, Matilda is a less well known name, but since Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams chose the name in 2005, it has climbed to rank around 600.

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“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. By outrageous. Go the whole hog.” Matilda Wormwood

When I picture a young Matilda, she is a smart, cheeky girl with a big grin and a mischievous twinkle in her eye. It could be that I am biased by my love of all things Roald Dahl and am actually picturing Quentin Blake’s version of Matilda!

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After pondering the name for a few days now, I am confident in my choice. Matilda is a name that has to fit the girl you are naming. I am growing to love Matilda more each time I think about the name.  Worth having in a top 3 names ready to decide when you meet your baby.

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What do you think? Is Matilda in your top 10 stylish names list? Take a look at our other stylish names posts or more on how Kate chose the 10 most stylish names list using the Baby Name Game app.

If you have suggestions on which name to feature in the next stylish name post, head to the Baby Name game facebook page to let Kate know!

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Read other stylish name posts from Kate here or view her app the Baby Name Game here.

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