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A famous bearer is the Swedish princess Madeleine.
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2005
Also the amazing author Madeleine L'Engle. (She wrote a Wrinkle In Time, etc.)
-- lena92  7/15/2005
Madde is a common nickname in Sweden.
-- Anonymous User  12/20/2005
Madeleine Albright, first woman Secretary of State of the USA.
-- Ylva  2/10/2006
Madeleine Allbright(ová) was born as Marie Korbelová.
-- Maggie_Simpson  7/29/2006
The French say it Mad-LEHN. In America, however, we say Mad-a-LEIN.
-- Anonymous User  4/3/2006
Ma-de-LEHN. Not MadeLYN. Not MadeLINE. Madeleine is the most beautiful and most classic form of this name.
-- Fionafabulous  5/3/2006
This is such a beautiful name!
-- Mab  7/17/2006
Madeline is a young French character from a book of the same name, which was made into a movie.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2006
I prefer the pronunciation Mad-e-LINE or Mad-e-LYN. However I think the abbreviation Maddy or Maddie is untasteful and nowhere near as nice as Madeleine.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2006
As the website says, I would pronounce it the French way ma-de-LEN.
-- Anonymous User  10/9/2006
Madeleine is best just kept as Madeleine. Not Maddy, Maddie or Mads.
-- nothingshortoftragic  12/12/2006
In Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Fall of the House of Usher", Madeleine Usher is buried alive with her brother's knowledge but escapes the grave only to die in his arms.
-- black_lace  1/12/2007
Madeleine is really really classy, unlike the ugly Madisons you get today. Madison is more of a boy's name.
-- 7up  1/23/2007
Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux is a famous bearer.
-- Morninglory379  2/16/2007
A famous bearer is Madeleine Morrison - daughter of Keith Morrison, NBC newscaster and sister of Matthew Perry.
-- Janika  7/19/2007
This is a nice name, but people probably don't use it at the moment for an obvious reason.
-- Anonymous User  8/16/2007
Is it because of Madeleine McCann?
-- Anonymous User  10/6/2007
Yes it is because of the missing girl, but everyone seems to have forgotten her anyway.
-- Anonymous User  11/15/2008
Please don't say that you shouldn't shorten the name Madeleine to Maddie or whatever and it's not as nice because it is. Being called Madeleine all the time makes me feel weird and people can't be bothered to call you Madeleine and will call you Maddie anyway.
-- Glamorous  8/21/2007
I think it looks much prettier without the second e, as in Madeline.
-- Anonymous User  10/2/2007
Madeleine is a song by Jacques Brel. Madeleine is a lover who never shows up and is said to be too good for the protagonist but he still continues to wait for her every week.
-- Izartrix  10/30/2007
Madeleine is a beautiful name. My daughter is named Madeleine Ruth (pronounced -line not -lyn) but we call her Minnie for short, I am not too keen on overused Maddie.
-- Ebba  10/31/2007
I love this name, if I have a another daughter her name will be Madeleine, it is a pretty name and classy too.
-- Anonymous User  11/27/2007
Madeleine was the name of a young woman that Claudia made Louis turn into a vampire in Anne Rice's "Interview With The Vampire".
-- outsiders_fan  3/4/2008
Madeleine is a small plain sponge cake, sometimes coated with jam and rolled in coconut, topped with a glacé cherry. It was probably named for a 19th-century French pastry cook named Madeleine Paulmier. However, conflicting reports say that Madeleine Paulmier was an 18th-century cook for Stanisław Leszczyński, whose son-in-law, Louis XV of France, named them for her. The cakes are remembered for their association with the Marcel Proust novel 'À la recherche du temps perdu.'
-- AndrewJKD  4/13/2008
To me, this name just sounds hopelessly elitist and stuck up, or just plain pretentious and somehow over-the-top. It's like the name of the parents' little princess.
-- slight night shiver  4/28/2008
I love the French spelling. Our first daughter is Madeleine Grace. Heaven forbid, we do call her Maddie, much to the dismay of many on this board. But it's perfect for her. She may very well choose to be Madeleine as she grows up, but she loves her name.
-- iocaine  5/28/2008
Generally pronounced mad-len in France, although older people may pronounce it mah-duh-len.
-- Anonymous User  6/5/2008
I LOVE this name. Definitely on the top of my list of girl names. Lovely.
-- jaclyn_francesca  7/1/2008
I love the name Madeleine! It strikes me as very elegant but not too powerful for a little girl. I think it's lovely paired with Elisabeth. I don't mind the nickname Maddie but I'd hate to have people assume that her name is Madison, which is not nearly as good a name as this!
-- glassmidnight  8/2/2008
The name of my sister is Madeleine. In Dutch it is pronounced as mah-duh-lyn-uh. I usually call her Leintje (lyntjuh).
-- Kaat5  8/20/2008
I really like this name, sounds very royal-like. An alternative spelling, which I like better than this one, is "Madelene" or simply how it's pronounced in Sweden "Madelen".
-- Madvis  9/9/2008
Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland (Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine; born 10 June 1982) is the youngest child and second daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.
-- Anonymous User  9/30/2008
I really like this name, I was in Paris this summer and there is a metro station called "Madeleine", my boyfriend and I agreed to call our first daughter this.
-- Anonymous User  10/6/2008
My name is Madeleine. I love it. My friends call me Maddie, but my entire family calls me by my full name. I love being called this, I think it's really pretty! All my teachers end up calling me Maddie even if I don't ask them to, which is annoying, but they do it anyway. I pronounce it Mad-el-in with a short I. For the long I, you are talking about the name Madeline.
-- lokie4811  2/11/2009
This is SUCH a pretty name! So classic and beautiful. I don't like the name Maddy at ALL! I don't like Maddy, if she needed a nickname I'd shorten it to ADDY. When I hear this name I think of an adorable little girl or a beautiful adult.
-- becca_marciano  3/4/2009
It's so gorgeous, regal, and beautiful. I would venture to say this is the most beautiful girl's name ever.
-- Anonymous User  3/9/2009
Madeleine McCann, that adorable little girl who went missing. It's unfortunate people are so evil.
-- Anonymous User  3/16/2009
This name is just gorgeous, and if I ever have a daughter I will name her Madeleine. I'd rather use the full name, but I think Millie would be a better nickname than Maddie, it just sounds more classy in a way.
-- Genevieve_M  4/2/2009
My daughter is Madeleine, pronounced ma-de-LEN. It annoys me when she gets the Madeline books for presents - Madeline is an English girl living in Paris who pronounces her name ma de LINE. As in rhymes with "12 little girls in a straight LINE, the youngest one was MadeLINE".

Equally annoying are the atrocious misspellings of the name - Madalyn, Madilin, Madelin, Madalinn, Madilynn, Madylynn. Learn to spell.
-- Anonymous User  4/21/2009
Madeleine is such a lovely, sophisticated name. Spellings like Maddilynn are not. Why do such a thing when you can have a beautiful, respectable name with the same pronunciation?
-- Anonymous User  6/14/2009
My name is Madeleine, and heaven forbid, many of my friends call me Maddie. My mother doesn't like it, but they do it because they know I like it. I'm not a huge fan of this name, purely because it's just not very me, if you know what I mean. But it is a very pretty name.
-- madeleine09  10/7/2009
I don't usually like names that are associated with food, but I make an exception for Madeleine, because it's a food with literary associations, and besides it's such a pretty name.
-- SandSea  2/6/2010
I like the spelling of Madeleine much better than Madeline. Apparently the year I was born, Madeleine & variations were considered extremely stylish names. Although it's a nice name, I'm glad my parents decided to name me something else less common (I've met about 4 Madeleines now).
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2010
My name is Madeleine, and it's actually pronounced mad-eh-LAYNE. This is not simply a family decision, but is due to the spelling of the name. Notice that the letters "lei" exist, and this is pronounced LAY.
-- Maddi-Love  6/9/2011
Madeleine is a classic name. Most nicknames are more or less a lazy way of referring to someone. As for Matty, Maddie, Madde, etc, it makes me think of a long haired dog with tangled fur. I recommend staying with Madeleine.

There was also a cartoon character in the early 1990's named Madeline who was an orphan in France. I feel like the spelling was altered to suit American tastes at the time.
-- GibsonGirl  8/14/2011
I know a rather ditzy girl named Madeleine. She pronounces it mad-el-AYN, which I'm sure is not correct anywhere/is kre8iv. I like it pronounced mad-LEN, or, if one plans on never leaving the US or encountering someone with any connections to another country, then MAD-uh-lien would be my 2nd favorite pronunciation.
-- Bazinga  1/14/2012
Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was a famous American author.
-- Anonymous User  3/28/2012
My absolute favorite girls' name. My choice for my first daughter. Madeleine has everything I love in a name. I am a stickler for traditional spellings and, despite common confusions, this is the authentic French spelling of the name. In France, it would be pronounced Mad-len, but in modern day US it would be pronounced no differently than Madelyn (that is, Mad-e-len). Madeleine is heaps classier than even the more mainstream spelling Madeline because it carries the French pedigree. To me, this is a soft, yet important, regal sounding girls' name. It calls to mind a European princess, such as Princess Madeleine of Sweden.
-- stairwaytoastar  4/20/2012
Madeleine Astor was the wife of millionaire John Jacob Astor IV. The two were first-class passengers on the RMS Titanic. Madeleine, who was pregnant at the time, survived the sinking. Her husband didn't make it, though.
-- Bonquiqui  6/1/2012
Madeleine of Valois (1520-1537), daughter of King Francis I of France and his wife Claude of Brittany. She was married to James V of Scotland, but died age 16.
-- CarolinW  6/7/2012
Madeleine was the youngest daughter of King Charles VII of France and his wife Maria of Anjou.
-- CarolinW  6/11/2012
I love this name. Though Maddie is overused I love the option of Maisie as a nickname, not related I know, but Margaret is really old fashioned and one of my least favourite girls names but I love the nickname Maisie and I think it works for Madeleine.
-- littlemissebony  7/23/2012
One of my favorites, much classier than Madelyn, but the pronunciation is what kills me. I like "mad-a-lyn" and I think that's correct, but for some reason it just doesn't look like that's how you'd say it. I'd always be worried someone would say mad-a-line or mad-a-lane, which sounds really long to me. Since I hate the nickname Maddie, I'd probably go with Addie as a more unique option.
-- Anonymous User  1/11/2013
Looove this name! One of my favorite M names. I'd definitely name my daughter this, but I'd call her Addie or Linnie instead of Maddie if I wanted to use a nickname, although I really like Madeleine (mad-a-len) by itself :)
-- Oohvintage  1/19/2013
Could Della work as a nickname?
-- Anonymous User  2/4/2013
Another dictionary definition of "Madeleine" is something that triggers memories or nostalgia. The perfect meaning in my opinion!
-- Anonymous User  3/17/2013
Madeleine de Scudéry (15 November 1607 – 2 June 1701), was a French writer known for her intelligence in a time when women were rarely well educated. She is known to be the first 'bluestocking', or highly educated woman, in the modern day world.
-- Anonymous User  7/21/2013
Madeleine is a long established and classic French/French Canadian name. It's been in use for centuries.
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2013
The Backstreet Boys have a song called "Madeleine" on their "In A World Like This" album.
-- Missy  8/24/2013
Madeleine is considered to be quite old fashioned (not in a bad way, at least not to me!) in France. It was very popular in the early 1900's and placed 3rd on the most popular name lists for many years. It is far less common among baby girls these days. I absolutely adore this name and I think it's useable in both France and the US without sounding out of place. This spelling is, in my opinion, loads better than Madeline or Madelyn. This is the original spelling, and it just looks prettier to me- more elegant and sophisticated =)
-- bonjour_mon_joli  8/25/2013
Madeleine is very feminine, and is one of my favorite names.
-- Anonymous User  10/3/2013
Is a possible pronunciation mad-uh-LAYN? That's how I thought it was pronounced upon first sight and I find that pronunciation prettier.
-- Icycoldhot  10/17/2013
I love the name Madeleine, and normally pronounce it Mad-uh-line, though sometimes I say Mad-uh-lynn. Madeleine is a beautiful, classic name and I associate it with such.
-- DaisyGraceBaker  6/16/2014
My name is Madeleine (actually it`s Madalina, I`m romanian) and my family and friends call me Maddie. I really like this name, it`s very sophisticated and suits me a lot. This name is known in a lot of countries, it`s very easy to remember and very classy, also. In Spanish is pronounced Magdalena, they used to use the nickname Magda or Maggie, but I personally think it`s prettier as Madeleine.

P.S. Sorry for my bad English, it`s not my first language.
-- Anonymous User  12/25/2014
A beautiful classic. The name Madeleine is gorgeous. Unfortunately, a whole raft of clueless, borderline illiterates have insisted on butchering this name by utilizing kre8tivve spellings so ugly and numerous that they are almost impossible to list in their entirety:

Madolyne, Madalyne, Maddalyn, Madalyn, Madolyn, Madelynn, Madilynne, Maddelyn, Madilinne, Madylyn, Madelyn. Just wrong.

If you are a parent-to-be of a baby girl, congratulations and well done for surfing to this page and considering the name Madeleine or Madeline. Do your daughter a favour. Spell it one of those two ways. Resist the urge to spell it phonetically (that means "like it sounds") such as Madylyn or some other utter atrocity (atrocity means "bad thing").

Tacky, made up spellings of classic names make children -- and their parents -- appear dumb. Trust me. If you spell it correctly, your daughter might be the first in the family to go to university, become a professional or leave the trailer park and get a mortgage! Imagine! The power of a name!

If you can't bring yourself to spell this name properly, can I suggest Neveah? It's "heaven" spelled backwards! Cool, eh? It's much neater than Madylyn, Madoline, Madalenn and Madylynn. So run off now and check it out! Go on!

If you are still reading, then you have some taste. Congratulations. You give me hope.

Parents with taste and class: please help resurrect this name. Reclaim it for your daughters. With enough work and perseverance we can right this blight on society and save the classic, beautiful, royal and timeless name Madeleine from a fate worse than Neveah.

This message is a public service initiative brought to you by the Madeleine Classic Naming-Convention Preservation Society.
-- Anonymous User  3/7/2015
I disagree, it isn't classist to insist a name is spelled properly. I agree with the poster two above. That name has been ruined by people who don't appreciate its classical beauty.
-- Lilibet  6/18/2015
I prefer the spelling Madeline, Madelyn or Madeleine. I prefer simpler spellings.

I prefer the nicknames Mae, Linnie or Mallie to Maddie. Maddie is cute but doesn't really sound right to me. It might be the "mad" part. And yes, that does put me off Madeline a bit and I like Magdalena better. I think these would make good middle names, Louise Madeline, Charlotte Madeline, Arabella Madeline, etc.

I feel compelled to add, comments like the one above make me sick to my stomach. "illiterate" is not an insult for you to use on people you disagree with, it's just the inability to read or spell and IS NOT the illiterate person's fault. Plus, all of that gross classism and demonization of the poor. You're welcome to dislike creative spellings, god knows I do, but show some dignity and respect in your expression.

As a counter to that bile, I say no matter what socioeconomic class you are, you should call your daughter Madeline. It's a lovely name.
-- Anonymous User  6/18/2015
In the song by the Backstreet Boys, they pronounce it "Mad-uh-layn".
-- BuckeyedPeach86  7/1/2015
This is my name! My name is spelt Madeline and is pronounced mad-uh-line NOT mad-uh-lyn. I was named after the story book character. I usually go by Maddie for short by most people but some people still call me Madeline which doesn't really bother me. I personally like the nickname Maddie but sometimes it gets annoying because I do sports, and when I'm on the court or field the other team has another Maddie and sometimes I think they are calling me lol. The one thing I really don't like about the name Maddie is that people always assume it's short for Madison, then when I say "no" they guess mad-uh-lyn and they never guess the way I say my name. I love my name, I think it's a pretty and elegant name. On the top 100 baby popularity name list of 2014 it was ranked #89, it moved up one spot lol. I prefer the spelling Madeline, then Madeleine as my second choice of spelling. It's interesting how many variations there are for the the nick name.

Some spellings are;
Maddie
Maddy
Maddi
Madi
Madie
Mady
(My favorite spelling is Maddie. That's the spelling I use)

Fun Fact-> Jamie Lyn Spears named her daughter Maddie, short for nothing, just Maddie with that spelling.
-- Madelinegonzalez_  8/1/2015

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