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Gender: Female Meaning of Madeline: "high tower or woman from Magdala" Origin of Madeline: English variation of Magdalen Madeline's Popularity in 2017: #100

The name Madeline is a girl's name of English origin meaning "high tower or woman from Magdala". Madeline is ranked #100 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Madeline

Madeline Gail Kahn, American actress
(Marissa) Madeline Carroll, American actress
Madeline Juno, German singer-songwriter
Madeline Elizabeth Duggan, English actress
Madeline Brewer, American actress
Madeline Manning, American Olympic runner
Madeline "Maya" Dirado, American swimmer
Madeline Lee Gilford, American actress
Madeline Harper, pen name of American novelists Madeline Porter and Shannon Harper
Madeline Fairbanks, American silent film actress; twin sister Marion Fairbanks
Madeline Bell, American R&B singer
Madeline Zima, American actress
Madeline Mulqueen, Irish model and actress
Madeline Merlo, Canadian country music singer
Madeline Cowe, Miss World Australia 2016
Madeline Helen Arakawa Gins, American artist
Madeline Mitchell Gwin, Miss Alabama USA 2011
Madeline Hartog-Bel, Peruvian model; 1967 Miss World
Madeline Smith (b. 1990), daughter of actors Cotter Smith and Mel Harris
Madeline O'Reilly (b. 1998), daughter of TV commentator Bill O'Reilly
Madeline Beaver (b. 2001), daughter of actors Cecily Adams and Jim Beaver
Madeline Leigh DeMarcus (b. 2010), daughter of singer Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and Allison Alderson
Madeline Emilia Castro (b. 2011), daughter of singer Jason Castro
Madeline Robbie Schneider (b. 2016), daughter of actor Rob Schneider
Sunny Madeline Sandler (b. 2009), daughter of actor Adam Sandler

Pop Culture References for the name Madeline

Madeline, character in the "Madeline" children's books, TV show, and movies
Madeline Robin, character in "Winnie-the-Pooh" series
Madeline Reeves, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Madeline Bassett, character in P. G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves" series
Madeline Martha Mackenzie, character in book and TV series "Big Little Lies"
"Madeline Lee," opera by John Haddock
Madeline Beck, character in the Dear America series
Madeline Hatter, character in "Ever After High"
Madeline "Ma" Oceana, character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
Madeline Fabray LaMotte Main, character in book and TV miniseries “North and South
Madeline Usher, character in the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe