Madeleine: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Madeleine

Madeleine

Pronunciation: MAD-ə-lin, MAD-ə-liyn (English), mahd-LEHN (French) (key)

Origin of the name Madeleine:

French cognate of Magdalene (of Magdala, a town on the coast of the Sea of Galilee). Var: Madeline, Madelyn. Pet: Maddi, Maddie, Maddy.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Madeleine: | Edit

Madeleines are traditional French shell-shaped sponge cakes.

Personal experiences with the name Madeleine: | Edit

Having named a child Madeleine prior to the movie "Splash" coming out and ironically naming the mermaid "Madison", it is really irritating to have people assume that my Maddy is a Madison.

My name is Madeleine, and I love it. I much prefer this classic spelling to the more recently coined Madeline, which seems off-balance somehow, or for that matter the other variations (Madelyn, etc). Be aware that absolutely *everyone* misspells it as Madeline and many people mispronounce the last syllable as "line" instead of "lin," which can get extremely annoying, especially to children. Although when I was young I longed for the more common spelling, but now I feel that the small inconveniences are worth the beauty of the name!

My name is Madeleine and I really like my name. I really love the extra e, it makes the name so much more complete and balanced. Sure, people never do spell it right, and they usually assume that Maddie is for Madison, but I don't really care. It makes my name even more special in a way. I truly love my name and don't recall meeting another person whose name was spelled the same way. It is classic and beautiful, while also being fresh and fun.

I am also a Madeleine and when I was younger I hated it. Many times I have tried new ways of spelling 'Maddy'. Although, now that I'm in high school, I am beginning to realise how nice my name actually is. It is annoying when people assume that it is spelt as other variations (this wasn't helped by a certain red-headed French cartoon and book character), but I do prefer my spelling to the other Madeline & Madelyn in my grade.

Nicknames for Madeleine: | Edit

Maddie, Maddy, Mady, Madi, Mads, Adele, Eleine, Lena, Millie, Addy, Leah, Alena, Leni, Malena, Mel, Minnie,madpie

Meanings and history of the name Madeleine: | Edit

derivative of Mary Magdalene, meaning Jesus' best friend.

Famous real-life people named Madeleine: | Edit

Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State
Madeleine L'Engle, author
Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, third in line to the Swedish throne
Madeleine Stowe, actress
Maddy Prior, singer for SteelEye Span
Madeleine de Vercheres, early Canadian heroine
Madeleine Peyroux
Madeleine McCann

Madeleine in song, story & screen: | Edit

Madeleine is the name of the stolen bicycle in the Decemberists' Apology Song
madeleines are the famous little cookie in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past
Madeleine, Quasimodo's love interest in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2
"Madeleine" a famous song by Jacques Brel
Maddy Hayes, Cybill Shepherd's character in "Moonlighting"
Madeleine Elster, character played by Kim Novak in the film: "Vertigo"

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