Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Name Day, Rút & Matylda! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Rút & Matylda.  Happy name day, Rút & Matylda!

The name Rút is the Czech variant of Ruth, which is of Hebrew origin and means "friend, companion".

The name Matylda is the Czech variant of Matilda, which is from the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle".  The name was brought to England by the Normans and was popular until the 15th century in England, usually in the vernacular form Maud.  Both forms were revived by the 19th century.  This name appears in the popular Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda", written in 1895 by Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson.