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What does Magdalena mean?

Magdalena [mag-da-le-na] as a girls' name is pronounced mag-da-LEE-nah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Magdalena is "woman from Magdala". Biblical: Mary Magdalene came from the Magdala area near the sea of Galilee.

Associated with: greek, biblical, sea.


Magdalena has 4 variants: Magdalen, Magdalene, Magdelena and Magdeline.

Affiliated girl names: Alena, Magda and Madeline.

Magdalena has 5 more relations via Magdalene: Magdalina, Magdaline, Magdalini, Magdeleine and Magdelina.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Magdalein, Magdalera, ..

(male) Magdaleian, Magdalem, ..

How popular is Magdalena?

Magdalena is a very prominent first name for females (#703 out of 4276, Top 16%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#74164 out of 150436, Top 49%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name statistics of Magdalena for girls. Magdalena reached its apex rank of #367 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #976 presently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Magdalena name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Magdalena and related names. Popular varying forms of Magdalena (#976 in 2014) listed in the Top 2000 are Alena (#617 in 2014), Madeline (#89), Magda, Magdalen, Magdalene (#1636) and Magdaline. Other variants, like Magdelina, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Magdalena reached its most widespread in the year 2008 (average #1376) and is somewhat less today (#1331, down 31.3%). Madeline is the firm favorite, although Alena seems to be becoming a favorite too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Magdalena, Alena, Madeline, Magda, Magdalen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Magdalene, Magdaline in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Adalena, Fredalena, Madalaina, Madaleine, Madalena, Madalene, Madalyn, Madalynn, Maddelena, Madelena, Madelene, Madelina, Madena, Madlen, Magaley, Magdala, Magdolna, Malena, Mandalin (see Mandoline), Mandaline, Mandalyn, Mandalynn, Maralina, Marialena, Marielena, Marilena, Marlena, Marsalina, Maydena, Migdalia and Migdalla (see Migdalia). These names tend to be less commonly used than Magdalena.