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

The name Magdalen is a girl's name of Aramaic, French, English origin meaning "woman from Magdala or high tower". Magdalen and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- GIRLS".

From the experts:

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 Carnegie, wife of Scottish soldier-poet the Marquess of Montrose
Magdalen Redman, American female baseball player
Magdalen King-Hall, 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

Pop Culture References for the name Magdalen

Magdalen Vanstone, character in "No-Name" by Wilkie Collins
Magdalen College, University of Oxford (Pr. "maudlin")

Magdalen's International Variations

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