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Gender: Female Meaning of Magdalene: "woman from Magdala or high tower" Origin of Magdalene: Spelling variation of Magdalen

The name Magdalene is a girl's name of Aramaic, English origin meaning "woman from Magdala or high tower". Magdalene and is often added to lists like Vintage Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

This name made famous in the New Testament has gone from crusty grandma to sleek and chic in recent years, or is it months? The name's image is perhaps helped by the fact that Mary Magdalene was one of the most intriguing women inthe Bible, both a saint and a sinner.

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Famous People Named Magdalene

Mary Magdalene, Biblical follower of Jesus
Saint Magdalene of Canossa, Italian nun
Magdalene Anyango Namakhiya Odundo, Kenyan-British potter
(Anna) Magdalene Thoresen, Danish-Norwegian poet and playwright
Magdalene Fischer, one of the first surviving American quintuplets
Laura Magdalene Eisenhower, great-granddaughter of US President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Pop Culture References for the name Magdalene

Magdalene Defoe, the real name of Blind Mag from Repo! The Genetic Opera
Magdalene, a song by Akira Yamaoka
Magdalene College, Cambridge (pronounced maud-lin)
Magdalene, Main character in the Fallen book series
Magdalene "Lena" Dead, character in Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison


Ruanne Says:


A beautiful name with an important namesake. Mary Magdalene was the first witness to the risen Lord, according to scripture.

amyt1700 Says:


This is my favorite name for a girl! My first daughter will definitely be Magdalene! :)

MarlysAdele Says:


We named our daughter Magdalene, and love the beauty of the full name, with the added bonus of nicknames like Maggie and Magda. We pronounce it Mag-duh-lynn.