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Baby Names: Madeline – Babble


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Meaning: Woman from Magdala

Origin: French

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.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 56

2004: 63

2008: 56

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Madeleine 271

Madeline 56

Madelyn 63

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4 thoughts on “Baby Names: Madeline – Babble

  1. says:

    Maddie is the cutest.

  2. says:

    Classy, but light-hearted. Womanly, but works for a little girl as well.

  3. says:

    we named our first daughter Madeleine Jael, I almost didn’t because I truly dislike the nickname “Maddie” (sorry other commenter). We call her MJ or Mads. I love her name and I’m glad we went with it.

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