Meaning and Name Origin
Magdalena \m(a)-gdale-na, mag-da-lena\ 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.
Magdalena is a very prominent first name for females (#703 out of 4276, Top 16%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#81672 out of 88799, Top 92%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Magdalena for girls. Magdalena reached its apex rank of #365 in the U.S. then, and is at #976 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Magdalena and related names. Popular varying forms of Magdalena (#976 in 2014) are Alena (#617 in 2014), Madeline (#89), Magdalen and Magdalene. Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread during the years 1890-1899 and is now much lower, with the versions Magdalen, Magdalena and Magdalene becoming less stylish. Alena (#617) and Madeline (#89) are two of the more trendy birth names in this compilation, with Madeline undergoing a resurgence in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)