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I'm pretty sure this is not a name in Germany. It's just the word for girl.
-- gin_rummy  9/1/2005
As a German I can assure that this is NOT a name. It just means "girl".
-- vadelma  11/12/2005
A bearer of this name is American actress Mädchen Amick, who played Shelley Johnson in "Twin Peaks".
-- alberto  11/13/2005
Pronunciation of the German word would be MAD-khen.
-- JHK  12/16/2006
I know German, and it would be just like calling your child 'Girl' in English. Why name your child that?
-- lowcal historyan  11/13/2007
In German, it is actually pronounced more like MEH-d-chen, with that softer 'ch' sound found in Gretchen ('chen' being a German diminutive). The umlaut over the 'a' changes the sound to more like an 'eh'. The best possible English approximation, in my opinion, would be MAID-shun.

Like it says, though, this is not used in Germany and simply means 'girl'. Maybe better for a middle name?
-- aquamarina  2/7/2008
The only person with this name I've heard of is Mädchen Amick, and it was never meant to be used as a name. It means 'girl' in German, so it sounds very bizarre to anyone who can speak the language. I bet many people who would consider using this have no clue how to pronounce this, and the sound of this name is very foreign in English-speaking countries. It isn't a pretty word anyway, and even the meaning is infantile.
-- slight night shiver  4/28/2008
Please note that this isn't used as a name in Germany at all. It is simply the German word for "girl" so calling your child this is like calling her Girl which is quite ridiculous. If you don't speak German you will never get the pronunciation right as well as the -chen part is really difficult to pronounce for non native speakers and it is impossible to describe how to pronounce it (all the previous pronunciations listed here have been close but not exactly accurate). Gretchen for example is also pronounced differently in German than you would in English. The -chen part is just much softer. The Mäd- part could be pronounced as either "Mayd" or "Med" depending on the accent. Don't use this "name".
-- Lily8  8/2/2008
Interestingly enough, you don't say "die Mädchen"; it's "das Mädchen". The word for "girl" in German is not a feminine noun; it's neuter. That has never made any sense to me.
-- Anonymous User  2/4/2009
All words ending in -chen are neuter, that's why it's "das Mädchen".
-- Anonymous User  2/11/2009
It's quite an ugly name. I don't like the "mad" in the name. It would sound ridiculous in Germany, knowing that it's their word for "girl". A real German name would be a better choice.
-- bananarama  10/3/2009
Personally, I don't care for it, but why is it any more ridiculous than "Colleen," which comes from the Irish word "cailín," also meaning "girl"? (Because we're not nearly as accustomed to it, of course.)
-- Kosta  6/28/2010
I forgot to mention that "cailín" is actually masculine in Irish (which has no neuter gender)!
-- Kosta  6/28/2010
To my German ears, this name sounds ridiculous and too cutesy. Just... no.
-- Chrila96  11/30/2010
Yes, it is actually das Mädchen. If you said "die Mädchen, then it would mean more than one girl.

But MAD-khen? Not exactly. The "Mä" part sounds like a cross between ay (as in may) and e (as in men). "D" is more or less the same. "Chen" is more difficult because that sound doesn't even exist in English. Altogether it sort of sounds like "MEHt-yen".
-- Anonymous User  1/29/2011
The ch in this case is very similar to the h in "huge" (unless you pronounce it "yooj," as I usually do).
-- Kosta  8/1/2011
Mädchen Amick (born 1970 in Sparks, Nevada) is an American actress.
-- Anonymous User  6/12/2012

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