Madeline: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Madeline

Madeline

Pronunciation: MA-də-lin, MA-də-liyn (key)

Origin of the name Madeline:

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

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Gender: F
Origin of Madeline: English variation of MAGDALEN
Meaning of Madeline: "high tower"

Madeline's Popularity in 2009: #64

The lovely, soft Madeline is an old-fashioned favorite that returned in the 1990s, combining a classic pedigree with a cute nickname option: Maddy. Kids love the reference to the Bemelmens series of Madeline children's books.

Nicknames & Variations for Madeline:
Mada, Madalaina, Madaleine, Madaliene, Madalyn, Madalyne, Maddi, Maddie, Maddy, Madel, Madelayne, Madelena, Madelene, Madelon, Madelyn, Madilyn, Madlen, Madline, Madlyn, Madoline, Madolyn, Mady, Magdalen, Magdalene, Magdaline, Magdalini, Maidel, Maighdlin, Malina, Marlean, Marlen, Marlyne

Madeline's International Variations:
Malena, Malin (Dutch) Madelaine, Madella, Madelle (French) Maddalena, Madalene (Italian) Mahda, Madelina (Russian) Madina, Madia, Madena (Spanish)

Personal experiences with the name Madeline: | Edit

My 10 year old is named Madeline, and after lots of debating about names we picked a name we thought was classic but not too common - not realizing she was born the year the "Madeline" movie came out! LOTS of babies were named Madeline that year!!

Our 9 year old daughter is Madeline. We also thought that her name would be unique and original...not realizing until she was in school that there were so many Madelines. Most of the others, though, have different name spellings; glad my daughter has the traditional spelling. We chose this name because we wanted a name for our daughter that could be either fun and flirty...or strong and dependable. I could see Madeline wearing a flouncy skirt and a lacy blouse singing karaoke; and I could see Madeline as a straight laced CEO of a company. Best scenario yet: our Madeline who takes charge and rises to the top, but is still able to let her hair down at the end of the day. Incidentally: our sons call her "Mads" as a nickname. Second "incidental..." I wanted to list her siblings' names, and the function won't work. Our four kids' names: Baylen Clayton, age 10; Madeline Rose, age 9; Bennett Alfred James, age 6; Baxter Lewis, newborn

My sister's name is Madeline Sara. She is 17 years old, and I think her name fits her perfectly! Beautiful name, and also goes well with almost any name. Her nickname is Maddy.

Hi my name is Madeline Sarah aswell, thats kind of a coincidence. Everyone calls me Maddy. I've never thought my name suited me because it sounds so posh and i'm anything but posh, plus everyone else I know have more popular names. People sometimes tease me for having a fancy name aswell which is annoying. I was named after my mums best friend, because she was brave and funny and not afraid to be herself, thats the one thing I like about my name.

Nicknames for Madeline: | Edit

Mad
Maddie
Madie
Mads
Maddy
Made (pronounce in Spanish)
Madi
Mady
Maddi
Mad Maddie
Adie/Addie
Lynn
Elle
Ellie
Lena
Mada
Deline
Linne
Delle
Linney/Linnie

Meanings and history of the name Madeline: | Edit

English form of a title meaning "of Magdala", Magdala being a village on the Sea of Galilee whose name meant "tower" in Hebrew.

Famous real-life people named Madeline: | Edit

Madeline Carroll - American actress
Madeline Rose Zima - American actress

Madeline in song, story & screen: | Edit

Madeline story books by Ludwig Bemelman. So sweet! For more info go to www.madeline.com.
"Madeline", song by Hanson
Madeline the movie

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