Meaning: Woman from Magdala
Alternate spellings: Madeleine, Madalynn, Madalynne, Madelyn, Madilyn, Madalyn, Madelynn, Madilynn
Madeline is a spelling variation of Madeleine, which is the French form of Magdalene and comes from a place-name that means “woman from Magdala.” Magdalene is a reference to the biblical figure Mary Magdalene. Madeline has been on the charts since 1880 and has been the most popular spelling in the U.S. overall. It made a huge leap in popularity in the mid-1980s, and like other old-fashioned sounding names, it has continued to gain popularity. Creative spellers have put quite a few versions of the name into the top 1,000, including Madelyn, Madilyn, Madeleine, Madalyn, Madelynn, Madalynn, and Madilynn.
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Rank of Similar Names in 2008