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

For more on this name, see also related girl names Alena, Magda and Madeline.

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


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)

Top 1000 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) 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alena, Madeline, Magdalen, Magdalena, Magdalene in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Madalena, Magdala and Magdolna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Magdalena.