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What does Madeline mean?

Madeline \m(a)-deli-ne, mad(e)-line\ as a girls' name is pronounced MAD-a-linn. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Madeline is "woman from Magdala". Variant of Madeleine, which is the French version. Place name: Magdala was a town on the Sea of Galilee, the home of Saint Mary Magdalen, whom Jesus healed and who was at his crucifixion. Literary: Ludwig Bemelmann's children's books had a French schoolgirl character wearing a wide-brimmed hat named Madeline. Actresses Madeline Kahn, Madeleine Stowe.


Madeline has 63 variants: Dalanna, Dalenna, Lena, Lina, Lynn, Mada, Madalaina, Madaleine, Madalena, Madalene, Madalyn, Madalynn, Maddelena, Maddie, Maddy, Madel, Madelaine, Madelayne, Madeleine, Madelena, Madelene, Madelina, Madella, Madelle, Madelon, Madelyn, Madelyne, Madelynn, Madelynne, Madena, Madge, Madilyn, Madina, Madlen, Madlin, Madlyn, Mady, Madzia, Magda, Magdala, Magdalen, Magdalena, Magdalene, Magdalina, Magdaline, Magdalini, Magdeleine, Magdelina, Magdolna, Maidel, Maighdlin, Mala, Malena, Malina, Marleah, Marleen, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Marline, Marlyne, Maud and Maude.

For more information, see also related girl names Dale, Madison, Manon and Migdalia.

Madeline has 3 more related variations via Magdala, Magdalen: Magdelena, Magdeline and Migdalla.


Madeline is a very popular first name for females (#330 out of 4276, Top 8%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#84310 out of 150436, Top 56%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Madeline for girls. Madeline reached its apex position of #50 in the U.S. in 1998, and is at #89 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Madeline name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Madeline outside U.S.

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Madeline and corresponding names. Prominent alternative forms of Madeline (#89 a year ago) are Dale, Lena (#279 a year ago), Lina (#767), Lynn, Madalyn (#518), Madalynn (#649), Madeleine (#283), Madelyn (#59), Madelynn (#439), Madge, Madilyn (#303), Madison (#9), Magdalen, Magdalena (#976), Magdalene, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Maud, Maude and Migdalia. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity in the year 2008 (usage of 0.3257%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.3013%, down 7.5%), but with forms such as Dale, Magdalene, Marlena, Marlene and Maud falling out of style. The most trendy baby names in this compilation are Lena (#279), Madeleine (#283), Madelyn (#59), Madilyn (#303) and Madison (#9), with Lena, Madeleine and Madelyn going through a resurgence in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dale, Lena, Lina, Lynn, Madalyn, Madalynn, Madeleine, Madeline, Madelyn, Madelynn in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Madge, Madilyn, Madison, Magdalen, Magdalena, Magdalene, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Maud in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maude, Migdalia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lena, Lina, Madeleine, Madeline, Madelyn, Madison outside U.S.