Billie as a nickname... for Matilda?!

Does [name]Billie[/name] work as a nn for [name]Matilda[/name]?! I really like both these names, however don’t think that I could use [name]Billie[/name] as a first name without it being a nickname.

And if you don’t think it really works, please could you give me suggestions of names that [name]Billie[/name] could be a nickname for?


The common nn for [name]Matilda[/name] is [name]Tilly[/name] which is really sweet and not that different to [name]Billy[/name].

I googled for you and found out the following info, [name]Willa[/name] and [name]Wilhelmina[/name] are the two names that you could use for nn [name]Billie[/name].

The girl’s name [name]Billie[/name] \b(il)-lie, also used as boy’s name [name]Billie[/name], is pronounced [name]BILL[/name]-ee.
It is of Old English origin. Originally a nickname for [name]William[/name].
Now a feminine name, a short form for [name]Wilhelmina[/name] (Old [name]German[/name]) “will helmet, protection”.
Often combined with other names. Singer [name]Billie[/name] [name]Holliday[/name]; actress [name]Billie[/name] [name]Burke[/name]; tennis player [name]Billie[/name] [name]Jean[/name] [name]King[/name].

[name]Billie[/name] has 10 variant forms: [name]Billa[/name], Bilee, [name]Billi[/name], [name]Billie[/name]-[name]Jean[/name], [name]Billie[/name]-[name]Jo[/name], [name]Billie[/name]-[name]Sue[/name], [name]Billina[/name], [name]Billy[/name], [name]Billye[/name] and [name]Willa[/name].

You could use [name]Billie[/name] as a nn for [name]Matilda[/name]. Whatever nn you use will probably stick whether anyone would have gotten there on their own or not. Here are some other ideas (some are definitely a stretch):

[name]Sybil[/name] (not sure that one can escape its connotations)

Good luck!