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Etymology 1[edit]

Shortened from Matilda, +‎ -y.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A diminutive of the female given name Matilda.
    • 1990 Barbara Vine, Gallowglass, Curley Pub(1991), ISBN 0792705629, page 24:
      Tilly's name is Matilda. It was typical of Mum and Dad that they wouldn't let her be called Tilly when she came to them because that was the unusual shortening of Matilda, the unconventional one, and you never did unconventional things, you never did things to draw attention to yourself. So they called her Matty.

Etymology 2[edit]

Habitational surname from places in France named Tilly, brought to England by the Normans. The surname may also have other origins, including a matronymic from Matilda.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A surname​.

Etymology 3[edit]


Tilly (plural Tillies)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of tilly
    • 2012, David Fiddimore, Tuesday's War, ISBN 0330541692:
      By the time he stooped to lift him up, we were all in the Tilly that Fiver had brought out to meet us.