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Quick Facts on Mattie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 917
Simple meaning:
Mighty battler

Characteristics of Mattie

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Mattie

Mattie is the English diminutive of Matilda (for boys, it’s the English diminutive of Matthew). Although historically considered a gender-neutral nickname, Mattie became highly popularized as an independently given name for baby girls dating back to the 19th century. As more girls were named Mattie, it fell out of favor as a boy’s name by the early 20th century. It is now used almost exclusively on baby girls (although it remains a colloquial nickname for boys named Matthew). Matilda finds its roots in the Olde English Mæðhilde, derived from the Germanic elements “maht” meaning “might” and “hild” meaning “battle” (mighty battler; strength in battle). As a female given name among the English, Matilda’s fame came largely from Matilda of Flanders, the wife of William the Conqueror. After William’s conquest of England in 1066, Matilda became Queen Consort of England (she is sometimes referred to as Maud which was a typical medieval form of Matilda). The English generally preferred Maud during the Middle Ages but the Latinized Matilda saw a revival in the 19th century. Mattie also enjoyed usage as a stand-alone name around the same time.

Popularity of the Name Mattie

Historic usage of Mattie really surprised us. It’s so tom-boyishly colloquial; we wouldn’t have guessed it was so hugely popular back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Our data only goes back to 1880, but we can tell you that sweet little Mattie was the 29th most popular baby girl’s name in that year – pretty impressive. After more digging we realized that such informal, “nicknamey” female names were quite popular back then (Minnie, Annie, Nellie, Carrie, Bessie, Hattie, Maggie and Fannie were also Top 50 favorites more than 100 years ago). Mattie remained a Top 100 favorite all the way up to 1920 but stayed at respectable levels of usage until 1950. During the 1950s and 60s, old Mattie’s popularity started to decline at a faster clip and the name fell off the Top 1000 list in 1973. Although the name is back on the charts today, it doesn’t quite know what it wants to do. One issue that seems to come up is that people confuse Mattie with Maddie (Maddie being short for Madeline or Madison). When you say the name naturally it easily sounds like both. Also worthy of mention: Mattie has some serious Wild Wild West cachet and rugged charm for two reasons. For one, Mattie Ross is the determined 14-year-old girl who employs the help of an aging, hard-drinking, one-eyed marshal, Rooster Cogburn, in the pursuit of the fugitive who killed her father in the novel-turned-film “True Grit”. In another reference, Mattie Blaylock was a runaway from Iowa who traveled westward seeking adventure. Due to the harsh realities of the Old West, and in order to survive, Mattie took up prostitution. She hooked up with Wyatt Earp and became his long-time romantic companion and common-law wife. Mattie is an adorable name but one with grit and gusto.
Popularity of the Girl Name Mattie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mattie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Mattie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mattie

    Mattie Ross (True Grit) Mattie Ross is the narrator of True Grit, a 1968 novel by Charles Portis that was later made into two Academy Award winning films, in 1969 and 2010. If ever the word “plucky” applied to a character, it does to Mattie Ross. She is a fourteen year old rancher’s daughter who is determined to capture the murderer of her father. To this end, she takes it upon herself to enlist the services of an old has-been U. S. Marshall, Rooster Cogburn, whom she’s heard has “grit”. That’s reason enough for Mattie, for courage, determination and persistence - in a word - grit, are high virtues in her world. With clear-sightedness and the bravery of a woman three times her age, Mattie participates fully in her little “posse”, enduring ridicule, discomfort and attempted murder to get her man. Get him she does, with a little help, and revenge is duly meted out. Life was harsh in the Territories in the 19th century, most certainly so for women, and most assuredly so for female children. Mattie Ross is a young woman of her times, yet beyond them, who deserves the accolade of “True Grit” for her very own self!

    Mattie Silver (Ethan Frome) Mattie Silver is a character in Edith Wharton’s 1911 novel, Ethan Frome, and she is the focal point of the novel’s major plot turns. Matttie is a poor cousin of Ethan Frome’s sickly wife, Zeena, who lives with them and earns her keep looking after Zeena. Mattie is a pretty and gracious young girl consigned to a joyless lifestyle, but it is mainly in her contrast with the horrid, shrewish Zeena that she shines. No wonder that, living with these two women, Ethan Frome falls for Mattie! Zeena is a nasty woman, pure and simple, and she is on to Mattie’s almost unconscious aims upon Zeena’s husband. Mattie even goes so far as to suggest a suicide pact between her and Ethan that goes badly awry. Poor Mattie – the wages of attempted sin are high indeed, in her case, but she must have gained some little comfort in knowing that she has pretty thoroughly messed up things for Zeena as well.

  • Popular Songs on Mattie

    Popular Songs on Mattie

    Mattie - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Mattie.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Mattie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Mattie

    Aunt Hattie, Aunt Mattie, and Aunt Pattie (Betty Jane Purdy) - Aunt Hattie, Aunt Mattie and Aunt Pattie is an endearing read-a-loud story in rhyme. These three sisters each have a distinctive role in the family. Life turns chaotic when Aunt Pattie becomes ill and the sisters try to fill her shoes. The beautiful watercolor illustrations capture the personalities of the characters. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Fever 1793 (Laurie Halse Anderson) - During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out. Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world upside down. At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease. Recommended for ages 12-15.

    Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor (Emily Arnold McCully) - With her sketchbook labeled My Inventions and her father’s toolbox, Mattie could make almost anything – toys, sleds, and a foot warmer. When she was just twelve years old, Mattie designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off textile looms and injuring workers. As an adult, Mattie invented the machine that makes the square-bottom paper bags we still use today. However, in court, a man claimed the invention was his, stating that she “could not possibly understand the mechanical complexities.” Marvelous Mattie proved him wrong, and over the course of her life earned the title of “the Lady Edison.” With charming pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, this introduction to one of the most prolific female inventors will leave readers inspired. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Mattie McTaggart's Treasures (Leslie Walker Kallen) - Mattie, the nine-year-old daughter of a Quaker woman and a Scottish highlander, gets caught up in the turmoil and uncertainties at the end of the Revolutionary War. Prayer does not bring her papa home or quiet her growing fears. Will she have to move away from her best friend? Will her old friend, the Patriot Captain, help her search for Papa when she shares the family secret? Mattie and her best friend follow a wilderness road in the Mohawk Valley on a dangerous quest to find Mattie's papa. Her story gives insight into Quaker religion, language, and thought, and touches on the contribution the Mohawks made to the British side of the war. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Mattie Monster is NOT Tired (Anne Emerick) - Mattie Monster is NOT tired. Yes, it’s bedtime, but what’s a little monster to do if he isn’t sleepy? Mattie follows every request his mother makes while still not doing what she truly wants and going to sleep. Anyone who’s ever been part of the parent-child struggle of bedtime will smile at this playful battle of wills. Mattie Monster is NOT Tired is the first book of the Funny Bedtime Story series. Kindle Book. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Mattie Spyglass and the 8 Magic Stones (Shoba Sreenivasan) - From the depths of the spirit. And the chasms of the darkness. Eight precious stones. Eight matters of the soul. For Mattie who was eleven and just a frizzy red-haired fifth grader, magic wasn’t even a remote possibility. Not in the basement of Sears in Hackensack, New Jersey. But October 10, 1968, would end very differently than it had begun. A mysterious Spyglass would choose Mattie as its mistress and hurl her friends Eddie and Geeta and old Mr. Herman Biddle across the treacherous eight precious stones pursued by the evil Uri Gneezy. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Mattie's Diary (Malinda Mitchell) - Mattie Pips grew up in the mountains of Virginia. Even though this young girl went through numerous loses in her young life, she never gave up hope and she never ceased loving and forgiving in large ways. As you read this book, you will grow to love Mattie and wonder what you would do yourself if put in the same situations Mattie at times found herself in. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Mattie's New Day (Lois J Bailey) - Mattie proves to be a shining light amid many difficulties in this post Civil War story of a bright twelve year-old African American girl and her loving mother Bessie, who works as a maid for the Russell family, longtime Plantation owners living in Nottaway County, Virginia. The heartwarming relationship between Mattie and her ma, plus Mattie's natural desire for dignity and opportunity highlight her strength of character in this period of lingering intolerance and resentment. When problems arise, Mattie and Bessie must leave the only home they've ever known. It is through Mattie's innocent quest for change, sheer determination, and some help from those whose hearts she touches that Mattie is finally able to achieve her lifelong dream. Mattie’s New Day is an encouraging story of change that will inspire young and old alike. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Mattie

    Famous People Named Mattie

    Famous People Named Mattie - Mattie Moss Clark (gospel musician); Mattie Blaylock (Old West prostitute and romantic companion of Wyatt Earp)

  • Children of Famous People Named Mattie

    Children of Famous People Named Mattie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Mattie - Alan Jackson (country musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Mattie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Mattie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mattie.

Personality of the Girl Name Mattie

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Mattie

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