Magdalene: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Magdalene

Magdalene

Pronunciation: n/a

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 Magdalene: | Edit

I have loved this name ever since I was, oh, I dunno, seven? But sadly, it's also the name of the infamous kid from Israel who destroyed MySpace, Wikipedia, and various other famous websites. Now, my favorite name is Marcella. I'm too afraid that if I name my child Magdalene, it will remind people of this horrible Internet vandal.

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This is my daughter's name (she's 6, born in 2006). I was searching for a name that could be shortened to "Maggie," something other than Margaret (which felt too common for my taste). I decided upon Magdalene Jane, the day she was born. I love it even more as she grows older, I find it to be the most beautiful name of all names ( :

And, I am a huge name buff, own a zillion name books, and have spent countless hours researching the etymologies of names. Sometimes you find a name has a mysterious, magical quality to it, and I think this one does.

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Maggie, Magda, Lena, Leni

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Mary Magdalene, of the Bible, a disciple of Jesus. She is depicted in numerous works of art, often pictured with a jar, a skull, and a book representing her life of reflection, mortality, and her role in going to the tomb realizing the resurrection.

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