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  1. #1
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    Would this be bad?

    I absolutely adore the name Madeline! (mad-uh-line) However, I really prefer the spelling Madeleine - for a long time I thought it was pronounced mad-uh-line, but then I found out the correct French pronunciation is mad-uh-lehn. Problem is, I don't like this pronunciation. To me, it is entirely too close to Madelyn, which I don't like the pronunciation of.

    The reason I dislike Madeline is because the only two people with this name I know pronounce it like Madelyn, as i'm sure many others would. Likewise, I actually discovered that there are others who agree Madeleine looks ore like a long I sound to them.

    So, would it be bad if I used the name Madeleine someday, but used the pronunciation mad-uh-line? It's not like there aren't other names whose pronunciations are subjected to changes by their bearers... (I know an Alicia who pronounces her name a-lish-a, like rhyming with fish)

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    IMO, there are definitely worse naming sins I think Madeleine pronounced with -line at the end isn't awful.
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    Thanks, it does appear minor when stacked next to Kynzlee and Renesmee.
    Last edited by larkub101; July 9th, 2013 at 11:03 PM.

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    I would pronounce these two spellings exactly the same, unless I'd heard them before reading them. I've only ever heard Madeline and Madelyne, so Madelehn seems odd to me as a pronunciation in general.
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    I would have pronounced Madeleine like Madeline also, so I think you'd be fine

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