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  1. #1
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    Madeline vs Madeleine

    To me they were two different names, Mad-e-line as in line, like where you wait in line and Madeleine pronounced Mad-e-lyn. Recently though I met a Madeline who pronounces it "Madelyn." So I have 2 questions: which pronunciation do you prefer: Line or Lyn? And, if you were pronouncing them both as Madelyn, which spelling would you use? I'm really loving both ways of saying it and I think both spellings are super pretty. Would love to hear some opinions
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    I think Madeline is pronounced -line and Madeleine is -lyn, but I knew a Madeline who pronounced her name with the -lyn ending.
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    Madeleine is PRONOUNCED: ma-də-LEN (French), mad-LEN (French), MAD-ə-lin (English), MAD-ə-lien (English)

    Madeline is PRONOUNCED: MAD-ə-lin (English), MAD-ə-lien (English), ma-də-LEEN (French), mad-LEEN (French)

    I prefer Madeleine with the first French pronunciation.
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    I've always pronounced them this way:
    Madeline- Mad-eh-line
    Madeleine- Mad-eh-laine
    Madelyn- Mad-eh-lin
    This is after meeting people with these names, so that makes it difficult to offer advice...
    I honestly prefer the -line ending. If I wanted the -lyn ending I would spell it Madelyn
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    I like the French Madeleine (MAD-lehn).
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