Tilden comes from an English surname which seems likely to be derived from a habitational name. The second element comes from Old English denu meaning ‘”valley” while the first element seems to be derived from an Old English personal name, Tila, so the name means “Tila’s valley”. It’s possible that Tila comes from Middle English tilyen (to till, to cultivate or plough soil). I’ve also seen Tilden listed as meaning “fertile valley”

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



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