from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Tilly, Count of. Title of Johann Tserclaas. 1559-1632. Flemish field marshal during the Thirty Years' War.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A diminutive of the female given name Matilda.
  • proper n. A surname.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the character of till or boulder-clay: as, soil resting on a tilly bed.


From Matilda. (Wiktionary)
Habitational surname from places in France named Tilly, brought to England by the Normans. The surname may also have other origins, including a matronymic from Matilda. (Wiktionary)



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