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Magdalen

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"woman from Magdala or high tower"

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.

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Famous People Named Magdalen

  • Magdalen Carnegiewife of Scottish soldier,poet the Marquess of Montrose
  • Magdalen RedmanAmerican female baseball player
  • Magdalen KingHall, English novelist, journalist, and children's fiction writer
  • Magdalen Herbert (d. 1627)best known as mother of George Herbert and friend and patron of John Donne, recent work on her surviving "Kitchin Booke" and the tomb she constructed at St Nicholas Church illustrate her life and the power and role of early modern widows

Magdalen in Pop Culture

  • Magdalen Vanstonecharacter in "No,Name" by Wilkie Collins
  • Magdalen CollegeUniversity of Oxford (Pr. "maudlin")

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