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Mallory vs. Matilda

Hey, my best friend passed away a few years ago, she always wanted to name her daughter Mallory if she had a girl. I am not sure if I should use her first name(Matilda) or the name she wanted to use. If we have a boy we like Mattie as a way to honour her. She always went by Tilly so we also thought of Lilly maybe or just Mattie for a girl or just Tilly? We're unsure!

The Top Baby Name is...

Mallory

52%

Matilda

48%

Poll created: Jun 10, 2021
Total Votes: 27

Comments

Love Matilda. For a boy I'd use Matthew or Matthias and call him Mattie as a nickname.
posted by I :: 1 week ago | report
I prefer Matilda as a name, however it might be more special to use Mallory as a way of not only honouring her but also fulfilling that dream she had! I think Lilly is a bit of a stretch & Tilly is much nicer as a nickname than a full name in my opinion. Did your friend like her name & was she proud of it? If not then I'd definitely go with Mallory as you know she loved that, it's also a lot less common & would give your daughter her own identity rather than having the same name as someone else. I do prefer Matthew for a boy though & then you could still use Mattie (or Matty) as his nickname :)
posted by Guest :: 1 week ago | report
I have always loved the name Matilda. I like the nickname Mattie. That way she has a nickname seperate from your friend's name.
You could nickname her Ada or Ida too.
posted by Rue :: 1 week ago | report
Matilda is hideous. Reminds me of the movie.
posted by Guest :: 1 week ago | report
^^ well then, jog on Guest & go reminisce about the movie!
posted by Guest :: 1 week ago | report
I really like Mallory and I think it's a very special way to honor and remember your friend. Go for it!
posted by MVPczar :: 1 week ago | report
I started not to like Mallory as much when a student's father said he named her after a car part.
posted by Rue :: 1 week ago | report
Why would the movie put you off? Matilda is a great movie, about an intelligent girl, if anything it adds appeal to the name!
posted by Giana :: 1 week ago | report
Thank you all so much for the suggestions, kind words and ideas! We like the suggestion of Mattie as a nickname for a girl! I also like Ada too! I am not sure if whichever name we choose, most likely the other name will be a middle name. Her middle name was Emilia so we could use that as her first name as well, but I do have a close friend with this name so we could use it as a middle name,! We will also be posting a boy poll!
posted by T :: 1 week ago | report
Mallory Emilia or Matteo Emmett nn Mattie
posted by Guest :: 1 week ago | report
I think using her name, Matilda, would be the best way to honor her. Matilda Bay would be pretty!
posted by Hannah :: 1 week ago | report

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