MAITILDE - Irish Names and Surnames

Rev Patrick Woulfe
1923

MAITILDE, genitive idem (the same), Matilda; German — Mahthild, might-heroine; the name of a royal German saint, the mother of the Emperor Otho I, a lady remarkable for her humility and patience; formerly very common in France; brought to England by the wife of William the Conqueror and into Ireland by the Anglo-Normans. The Flemings called the name Mahault, whence the Norman forms, Molde and Maud. Both Matilda and Maud were in use in England, but neither ever became common in Ireland. Latin — Mathildes, -is.

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Note: The old Irish letters used in the original text* have been converted to the Roman alphabet for this online version, and the lenited (or dotted) consonants changed to their aspirated equivalents, i.e. the dotted 'c' has been altered to 'ch', the dotted 'g' to 'gh', and the dotted 'm' to 'mh', etc. For example, in the name Caoimgin (Kevin), where the 'm' and 'g' are both dotted (ṁ, ġ) in the old Irish lettering, the name has been converted here to the modern Irish equivalent of Caoimhghin.

* Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall: Irish Names and Surnames by Rev. Patrick Woulfe, 1923.

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