Magdalena: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Magdalena

Magdalena

Pronunciation: mag-də-LAY-nə (key)

Origin of the name Magdalena:

Latinate cognate of Magdalene (of Magdala, a town on the coast of the Sea of Galilee).

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Comments and insights on the name Magdalena: | Edit

Pretty, uncommon, traditional, and with great Biblical references! Love it!

Personal experiences with the name Magdalena: | Edit

My husband's grandmother, who was from the Dolomites in northern Italy, was called Magdalena. She was called Lena after she moved to the U.S. Madeleine is the French variant of Magdalena, as far as I know.

Nicknames for Magdalena: | Edit

Lena, Leni, Maggie, Magda, Malena, Nena, Mane, Manena, Dali, Lynn (variation of Lena).

I actually know a Magdalena who goes by Maddie...? I don't know how she got that.

In response to the poster above, my neice's name is Magdalena and goes by Maddy. This is because Magdalena is her great grandmother's name and she went by Maddy as well. I have heard in my family that Magdalena is the belgium form of Madelyn.

Meanings and history of the name Magdalena: | Edit

This is the Latin, German, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, and Czech form of the name Magdalen or Magdalene. It means "woman of Magdala". Magdala means "tower".

Famous real-life people named Magdalena: | Edit

Magdalena Rivas, American model from cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model
Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, American runner
Magdalena Worsinska, Polish-American photographer

Magdalena in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Magdalena" is a song by David Gray.
"Magdalena" is a song by A Perfect Circle
"Magdalena" is a song by Frank Zappa.
"Magdalena" is a song by Leo Sayers.
Magdalena Haloway is a character in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. Throughout the series, she is referred to as Lena.

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