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 Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
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.