Madeleine Name Meaning & Origin

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.

Related Names:

Madalena, Madeline

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Nicknames for Madeleine

Maddie, Maddy, Maidie, Mady, Madi, Mads, Adele, Eleine, Lena, Millie, Addy, Leah, Alena, Leni, Malena, Mel, Minnie, Madpie, Maude, Madz, Maddi, Maddymoo, Madstar, Mad-dog, MooMoo, Ellen, Ada

Meanings and history of the name Madeleine

derivative of Mary Magdalene, meaning Jesus' best friend.

Famous real-life people named Madeleine

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, stolen child

Madeleine in song, story & screen

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"
Madeleine is a character in Jeffrey Eugenides' "The Marriage Plot"
Madeleine character in the cult film "death becomes her" played by Meryl Streep. A black comedy.

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