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What does Magdalena mean?

Magdalena Pronunciation of Magdalena [mag-dale-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.

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

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Magdalena Romina (M.R.), ..

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)

Magdalena reached its apex rank of #367 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #1103 presently. (2015 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.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Magdalena (#1103 in 2015) listed in the Top 2000 are Alena (#596 in 2015), Madeline (#90), Magda, Magdalen, Magdalene (#1807) 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 (#1370, down 33%), with the version Magdalena becoming less stylish. 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.

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