Gender: Female Meaning of Madeline: "high tower or woman from Magdala" Origin of Madeline: English variation of Magdalen Madeline's Popularity in 2019: #97

Madeline Origin and Meaning

The name Madeline is a girl's name of English origin meaning "high tower or woman from Magdala".

This lovely name with a soft and delicate image is an old-fashioned favorite that returned to favor in the 1990's, combining a classic pedigree with a cute nickname option: Maddy.

Madeline has been found frequently in literature, from the poems of Keats and Tennyson to Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby to the charming and much loved children's books of Ludwig Bemelmans starring the sprightly French schoolgirl.

The name can be found in several spellings, including the French Madeleine and the non-classic Madelyn and Madalyn.

Never off the Social Security list, Madeline entered the Top 100 in 1994, peaking at Number 50 in 1998. It remains one of the most popular girls' names starting with M.

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Rank in US: #97

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Madeline's International Variations

Madina, Madia, Madena (Spanish) Maddalena, Madalene (Italian) Madelaine, Madella, Madelle (French) Malena, Malin (Dutch) Mahda, Madelina (Russian)


SarahNichole Says:


That's my favorite pronunciation, too. I don't care for Madilyn.

modernglamour Says:


Madeline sounds sounds very classy and elegant, Maddie/Maddy sounds sort of sleezy to me. Or maybe too much like a little girl´s name.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I actually initially thought the little girl, being French and spelling her name "Madeline", would pronounce her name as "Mad-e-leen". I only got the pronunciation right when I heard it aloud.

Isabella_188 Says:


I only like the pronunciation "Mad-Uh-Line" for some reason.

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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


UNPOPULAR OPINION: I prefer Mad-a-lin over Mad-e-line. The Mad-e-line pronunciation sounds like a cartoon character, Mad-a-lin doesn't.

Annnnnnnnnnaaaaaaaaa Says:


I'd skip school all day and everyday if my parents named me "Madelief"

91flaviaj Says:


This name brings me a sad and dark feeling cause of the girl Madeleine McCann who disappeared in Portugal in 2007 and until today nobody knows anything. Because of this I would never be able to name a daughter by that name.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


This is my little sisters name. I love it.

RoseGoldHeart Says:


Love the nn Mado.

Ella Says:


I love this name!

Daiseymae Says:


I like this name, but it seems that is always is going to be mispronounced.

Daiseymae Says:


I really like Lena.

Carolinekalmes Says:


Madeline is a beautiful name (I prefer mad - eh - line). It's unfortunate that everyone with this name I ever met went by "maddie". I have met so many countless Maddies.

Maddi1224 Says:


My name is Madeline (Mad-uh-lynn) and people pronounce it Mad-uh-line all the time. The struggle is real 😂

Maddi1224 Says:


My name is Madeline (Mad-uh-lynn) and people call me Maddi but I don't like it much either. I'm looking for a new nickname for when I go to college and I've found: Millie, Molly, Della, Adele, Lena, etc. There's a whole bunch of them if you really like the name Madeline!

Lyla Rose Says:


I disagree

Lyla Rose Says:


My name is Madeline pronounced mad-eh-lynn and people always it's the other way around for me 😂

CarolineGabrielle Says:


My sister's name, and also one of my favorite books as a little girl! Warning: no one will pronounce this name the way you want. My sister is "mad-uh-line," but is ALWAYS called "mad-uh-lynn," and I'm sure you'll run into a similar problem if you intend to pronounce it the second way. Which is not to say you shouldn't use it; just be prepared to respond to the wrong pronunciation at the doctor's office. :)

Myanover Says:


My name is Madeline, and I think It ok for all the other Madelines out there,your name is very pretty

LV51sfan91 Says:


This is Mad-Uh-line not Mad-uh-Lynn. I love Madeline!!! Just don't call her Mad or Maddie/Maddy! I never understand how one can call there kid "Mad". Not a lovely emotion! I like M or Ellie for short!!! Or Del!!!

hermioneameliastyles Says:


Madeline (the version Mad-eh-line) is my third favorite name for girls. I love it so much because it has a connection to the french book and cartoon that has this name. I love it. So beautiful for a little girl or an adult woman.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


My favorite spelling! <3

In my opinion, Madeline is beautiful pronounced both ways but I hate the creative spellings: Madelyn, Madalynne etc. I also don't like the nickname Maddie. I much prefer Addie, or Milly.

Amindele Says:


if I was named Madelief I would murder my parents.

Amindele Says:


amazing. this has to be the best name I have ever seen. a truly amazing name. especially when it's pronounced 'mad-a-linn'. truly, truly wonderful. no better name. great for people of all genders. have you considered naming all your children and pets Madeline? you will not regret it. trust me. what a name. what a truly wonderful name.
-someone who is definitely not named Madeline. an unbiased source.

Maddie Spain Says:


My name is Madeline pronounced Mad-eh-line but whenever anyone reads my name they think it's pronounced Mad-eh-lynn and it is really annoying. And I don't want to say anything because I feel like they will think I'm mean. UGH

EW314 Says:


Fine, but I prefer elegant Madeleine or even quirky Madelief.

vintageisfave Says:


This name will always have a special place in my heart. Growing up, I was OBSESSED with the "Madeline" TV show and books. I even had little dolls! I hope to use it for a future daughter one day (pronounced Mad-eh-line), in the first or middle spot. It just has a cute and classy ring to it. I know way too many Maddies, so I would use the nn Milly.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I LOVE Madeline! (pronounced Mad-eh-line). Pronounced Mad-eh-lynn, I would always spell it Madeleine - which is lovely, but I do prefer Madeline.

headintheclouds Says:


My favorite spelling is Madeleine, but I also like Madeline. Other variants beyond these two, I dislike (Madelyn/Madelynn/the many other "kreatif"-seeming spellings). The pronunciation Ma-duh-line is also the only one I like- Ma-de-lynn just takes away from the name's loveliness in my opinion.

Madellen Says:


Was curious to know the meaning of my name, however, none of the variations are spelled how I spell it. Madellen, it's a beautiful name. I'm glad I was named Madellen.

Madelinelen Says:


This is a name that only works on the elderly and that one little French ginger. It's so clunky and the nickname "Maddy" is hard to use in a professional context so I have to whip out "Madeline" on resumees. I wish my parents had looked further than the 14th page of the baby name book.

Catastroffy Says:


I prefer Madeleine (mad-eh-len). I tend to dislike "ine" endings of names so when it is spelt like this I go for "mad-eh-linn".

Plutophelia Says:


ew, no. Madalynn is trashy and over played. Madeline (Mad-a-line) is fresh in comparison to that tired horse.

eveyalecia Says:


I like both the "line" and "lynn" pronunciations for Madeline, but because of the cartoon and movies I grew up with, I've always been a bit more fond of Mad-uh-line. Regardless, it's a beautiful name, though I personally don't like the nickname Maddy/Maddie.

Leah3456 Says:


I like both pronounciations of this name (Mad-eh-LYNN & Mad-eh-LINE).

gracexx Says:


My sisters name is Madeline (Mad-a-Lynn) Madeline is ugly (mad-a-line) is just an ugly version of Madeline (mad-a-Lynn)

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Too popular for me :/ don't really like it anyways.

amf0224 Says:


I LOVE Mad - eh - line. Mad - eh -lynn is nice, but I prefer the other pronunciation. Pretty name.

degrasswizkid Says:


I only like this name when it is pronounced Mad-eh-line (not like Mad-eh-lynn); it sounds much more classy IMO

AnonymousPerson Says:


I like this name.