Gender: Female Meaning of Magdalen: "woman from Magdala or high tower" Origin of Magdalen: English

Magdalen Origin and Meaning

The name Magdalen is a girl's name of Aramaic, French, English origin meaning "woman from Magdala or high tower".

Biblical name long associated with the fallen-yet-redeemed Mary Magdalen, now rising improbably into the ranks of the fashionable among parents hungry for classic yet distinctive girls' names. The Magdalene and Magdalena versions are perhaps even more stylish. Can be shortened to Maggie or Magda but the full version is prettiest. One of our new favorites!

Madeleine and its variations is a form of Magdalen. The meaning of both names sometimes varies as place name Magdala is Aramaic for "high tower," so that may be considered an alternate meaning.

16 names similar to Magdalen

These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Magdalen. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Magdalen, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!

Find other names based on Magdalen using our baby name generator.


- this week

Famous People Named Magdalen

Pop Culture References for the name Magdalen

Magdalen's International Variations

Magdala, Magdalen, Magdalaine, Magdaleine (French) Magdalena, Magda (Czech) Maddalena (Italian) Malene, Magdalone (Danish) Magdolina (Hungarian) Madzia (Polish)


EW314 Says:


Really pretty name, but perhaps I'm biased because this is the name of my old college (prn: "MAUD-lin"). I much prefer the "MAG-dah-len" pronunciation as a name, but I find it hard to say that after so many years of "MAUD-lin". There is a Cambridge college by the same name (same pronunciation), but it's spelt Magdalene. Both are really pretty IMO, and I also love Magdalena, Maddalena and Madeleine.

TulliaCicero Says:


I prefer the Italian version, Maddalena.

Impwood Says:


Really nice name. More distinctive and weighty than Madeleine and with ties to Mary Magdalen in the Bible. Serious and grown-up as well as being pretty.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


This is abit clunky for my taste. I prefer Madeliene.

TeenberryO13 Says:


I think this name is beautiful

Maggiekay Says:


My name is Magdalen but I go by Maggie. I'm from the US, and here we pronounce it as Mag-duh-len

raevynstar Says:


Awesome! I love it. My only question is if it's pronounced like Magdalene or to rhyme with hen.