Madeleine (name)

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Mariya Magdalena.jpg
Mary Magdalene, the saint responsible for the popularity of the name Madeleine, in a painting by Frederick Sandys.
Pronunciation/ˈmædəlɪn/ MAD-ə-lin, /-ln/ -⁠leen
French: [madəˈlɛn, madəˈlen]
/ˈmædəln/ MAD-ə-lyne, /-ln/ -⁠leen
Meaning"from Magdala", "tower", "elevated, great, magnificent"
Other names
Related namesMadeline, Madelyn, Magdalena, Magdalene, მაგდა (Geo:Magda), Maddalena, Maddie, Maddy
Popularitysee popular names

Madeleine is a feminine given name. It is a form of Magdalene, well known because of Mary Magdalene. In the United States, this name often appears under the spelling Madeline.


Madeleine and Madeline are forms of Magdalene, which is well known as a name because of Mary Magdalene. Magdalene means "from Magdala". Mary Magdalene's name is thought to be derived from Magdala – a village on the sea of Galilee. In Aramaic, "magdala" means "tower" or "elevated, great, magnificent". Additionally, in German, Mädelein means "little girl".

Madeline variants and popularity[edit]

Madeline is a popular girls' name. It is the usual North American English spelling of the French Madeleine, the French spelling being generally preferred in Britain.[1]

It has ranked as one of the 100 most popular girls' names in the United States for the past decade. For baby girls born in the United States in 2007, Madeline was the 61st most popular name, while its spelling variant Madelyn was ranked as the 104th, Madeleine was ranked as the 290th, and Magdalena was ranked 867th. Madeline was the 85th most popular name given to girls born in British Columbia, Canada in 2005 and the 93rd most popular name for girls born in New South Wales, Australia in 2007.[2] Madeleine was the 80th most popular name given to girls born in England and Wales in 2007.[1]

A common shortened version of the name is Maddy, Maddie or Len.

People named Madeleine[edit]

People named Madeline[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Madeline, heroine of the book series of the same name by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Monsieur Madeleine, an alias used by Jean Valjean in the novel Les Misérables
  • Madeline Bassett, a recurring character in the Jeeves stories of P. G. Wodehouse
  • Madeline Bray, the wife of Nicholas Nickleby in the novel of that name by Charles Dickens
  • Madeleine Elster, the mysterious central character in Hitchcock's film, Vertigo
  • Maddie Fitzpatrick (Madeline), in Disney's TV series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
  • Madeleine Gotto, from the Canadian children's animated television series Mona the Vampire
  • Madeleine Gravis, from Charlie Kauffman's film, Synecdoche, New York
  • Madeleine Hanna, the heroine of Jeffrey Eugenides' 2011 book The Marriage Plot
  • Madeline Hatter, daughter of the Mad Hatter in the Mattel doll franchise Ever After High
  • Madeline "Mads" Ryback, in the television show The Lying Game
  • Madeline Westen, in the television series Burn Notice
  • Madeline, the protagonist of the video game Celeste
  • Madelyn Maddie Hayes, in the television series Moonlighting

Related names[edit]

  • Alena – German, Czech, Slovak
  • Alenka – Slovenian
  • Leena – Finnish, Estonian
  • Lena – Scandinavian, German, Russian
  • Lene – German, Danish, Norwegian
  • Leni – German
  • Lenka – Czech, Slovak
  • Lone – Danish
  • Madlen – Welsh
  • Madailéin – Irish
  • Madalena – Portuguese
  • Mădălina – Romanian
  • Madalyn – English
  • Madylin – English
  • Madalynne – English
  • Madalin – English
  • Maddalena – Italian
  • Maddie – English
  • Maddy – English
  • Madelaine – Irish
  • Madelene – Swedish
  • Madeleine – French, English
  • Madelina – English
  • Madelon – Dutch
  • Madelen – English
  • Madlenka – Czech
  • Madlyn – English
  • Madoline – English
  • Madzia – Polish
  • Magda – German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Czech, Polish, Romanian, Portuguese, Slovak, Greek, Hungarian
  • Magdalen – English
  • Magdaléna – Czech, Slovak, Hungarian
  • Magdalena – German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Spanish, Czech, Polish, Bulgarian, Romanian
  • Magdalene – German, Danish, English, Biblical
  • Magdalone – Danish
  • Magdolna – Hungarian
  • Mahdalyna – Ukrainian
  • Maialen – Basque
  • Majda – Slovenian
  • Majdoline – Persian
  • Malen – Basque
  • Malena – Spanish, Swedish
  • Malene – Danish, Norwegian
  • Malin – Swedish
  • Marla – English
  • Marleen – English, Dutch
  • Marlena – English, Polish
  • Marlene – German, English
  • Marlyn – English
  • Matleena – Finnish
  • Matxalen – Basque
  • Magdaliní – Greek
  • Maydelin - Spanish
  • Molly – Irish