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Madeleine is the original French version of the name with so many alternatives, ranging from Madalyn to Madeline and more. It is still a top 400 name after being in America and Europe for centuries. The name, though having a very European sound, is one with deep Biblical origins.

Meaning of the name Madeleine:

French: woman from Magdala, high tower

Origin of the name Madeleine:

Madeleine is the French version of the baby name Magdalene. The latter name is actually a surname from Biblical times as seen with Mary Magdalene in the New Testament. It meant “woman from Magdala,” and Madeleine simply retains that meaning.

Symbolism of the name Madeleine:

Madeleine means “woman from Magdala” as it accepts the meaning of the Hebrew surname Magdala. The meaning “high tower” comes from the fact that Magdala, as seen in the first meaning, meant “tower” in the Hebrew language.

Baby name Madeleine

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Gender of the name Madeleine:

Madeleine is a cute and feminine baby name.

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Emotion evoked from the name Madeleine:

Madeleine is a formal name that still has a cute and natural feel. It is mature and has a certain European tone to it.

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Popularity of the name Madeleine:

Madeleine has been a top 1,000 name for baby girls for over a century. From 1994 to 2014, it was a top 300 name in America. As of the year 2020, it remains a top 400 name at rank 394.

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Famous people with the name Madeleine:

  • Madeleine Stowe (actress, “The Last of the Mohicans”)
  • Madeleine L'Engle (novelist, “A Wrinkle in Time”)
  • Madeleine Peyroux (jazz singer)
  • Madeleine Josephine (princess in Sweden)
  • Madeleine Polland (novelist, “Children of the Red King”)
  • Madeleine Kunin (77th governor in Vermont)
  • Madeleine Astor (survivor of the Titanic)

Madeleines in popular culture:

  • Madeleine Forestier (character from “Bel Ami”)
  • Madeleine Osborne (character from “Home and Away”)
  • Madeleine Smith (character in “Madeleine”)
  • Madeleine Gotto (character from “Mona the Vampire”)
  • Madeleine Cahill (character from “39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers”)