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In French it is pronounced mah-duh-leen or mad-leen.
Miss Claire  6/11/2005
I have always loved my name. My brothers got ordinary names. But I got a fun name! Even if it is old-fashioned I still can't thank my parents enough for naming me "Madeline".
Maddy  12/9/2005
Madeline is the heroine in John Keats' famous poem "The Eve of St. Agnes."
ars musica  12/12/2005
Madeline is the name of a little girl in a series of children's books. She has red hair and lives with a nun and a bunch of other girls in a big brick house. She has many fun adventures.
breakofday  12/16/2005
I have a cousin who pronounces it Mad-a-lyn.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2006
Where I'm from people pronounce the name mad-a-lynn.
dani_08  3/5/2006
In French it's pronounced Mad-LEEN. In English it's Mad-e-LINE. Madelyn is a different name altogether but people still manage to get them confused.
― Anonymous User  4/3/2006
This is a very pretty name for a girl. It's much nicer and more classic that than that hideous, unisex and totally overused Madison.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2006
I agree with the previous comment. My sister's name is Madeline and we all love it. I really think that her and myself lucked out on the names that not everyone has.
rebekahann  7/23/2006
Madeline Usher is the heroine of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher".
audreyhubley  8/5/2006
I wouldn't really call her a heroine. Poe's stories rarely had heroes. She's the woman who was accidentally buried alive by her brother, Roderick.
dramaelf  8/20/2006
I love the name, although Maddy is a bit irritating. I would totally name my future kid Madeline.
shadex  10/16/2006
There is Madeline L'Engle, the writer of the Time Quartet, the most boring set of books in the history of the world.
bibi66  1/6/2007
She's Madeleine L'Engle.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2007
I love the name Madeline. I've known more than seven girls with the name and they all pronounce it mad-e-lin. Two of the girls I knew were named Madeline Rose. It really is a beautiful and classic name that I still think isn't getting as over-used as Madison, which I also love but think is now too common.
writing the world  2/20/2007
I have never heard this pronounced mad-uh-LIEN. In English the first syllable is stressed. MAD-eh-lyn is also frequently used. [noted -ed]
Elly747  3/1/2007
I've never heard this name being pronounced "mad-ah-LEEN" or any of those other pronunciations. I've always said "mad-ah-LINE", which in my opinion is very pretty.
Georgia_kh  4/19/2007
None of my friends like Madeline. Everyone says they think my name, Madison, is much rarer. Then again, to those of you who are American, it's a lot less popular over here in Wales. My name is unique so far!
DontDissMadison  5/1/2007
Pretty name. I like the nickname Maddy. I like it much better than Madison (no offense to people named this)!
CharlieRob  5/7/2007
My name is Madeline and I love it! No one else that I know has it therefore making it unique. My brother got a very normal/common/boring name Jack but I got a good one! Also it is pronounced Mad-e-LINE if spelt the same way as my name or mad-e-LEIN if spelt with the extra e (Madeleine.)
maddy_01  6/15/2007
I love the name Madeline - but the nickname Maddy annoys me. It just makes me think of a crazy person. I know a girl called Madeline who goes by Linna for short.
― Anonymous User  7/2/2007
I absolutely love this name, and plan on naming my first daughter this name. Why? It was my great-grandmother's name. And she pronounced it Mad-eh-lynn. And I'm pretty sure we're English, so I wouldn't say that English people pronounce the name Mad-eh-line. In fact, that name bothers me. Makes me think of little girls who walk on walls and fall sick. I much prefer my great-grandmother's way of pronouncing it.
hannahxxdiva  9/3/2007
I love this name and will use it if I ever have a baby girl. Growing up I always loved the stories of the little red head school girl name Madeline. And just like the pronunciation in the stories I pronounce it as Mad-e-line. I can't see how some people say Mad-e-lyn. Because if you look at the name Caroline and Carolyn, you will see that Carol-LINE is with line and Carol-LYN is with lyn, lin. But no matter how people pronounce it I still love and will always think of my favorite story book character.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2007
I was given this name at birth in honor of a grandmother, my father's mother, Maddalena, in Italy. I prefer the Italian form, by which my father called me. Maddalena, Madelyn, Madaline, and all other of its variants are from Miriam of Magdala, called "the Magdalen", disciple of Jesus. I was the only Madeline in my Catholic grammar school until 6th grade when another Madeline enrolled. I always loved having an uncommon name.
There is also an island, La Maddalena off the coast of Sardinia, Italy.
There was a popular song that I was teased with when I was little called "Paddlin' Madeline Home.
Madeleine (the French form of the name) Albright, one famous bearer of the name is a former Secretary of State under President Clinton.
angelosdaughter  9/9/2007
Although, like I've said, it's not too popular over the pond, I really like Madeline as a second name. My first daughter will be called Serenity Madeline (pronounced Mad-A-Lin, because I don't like the spelling Madalyn).
DontDissMadison  10/24/2007
This is one of my favorite names! It's so pretty, and Madeline was my favorite cartoon growing up.

Pronouncing this name as MAD-e-lyn gets on my nerves, though. If you want your daughter's name to be said like that, spell it Madeleine/Madelyn. Madeline is pronounced MAD-e-line. It's like the user said above, you don't pronounce Caroline as CARE-o-lyn, do you?
Skittsie13  11/14/2007
Uh, tons of people pronounce the name Caroline the same way they do Carolyn.
― Anonymous User  11/3/2008
Definitely prefer Madeline to Madelaine or Madeleine. They seem less sweet and more "look at me, giving my daughter an elegant name, I'm so high class".
scholasticastewart  1/15/2008
I once knew a Madeline who pronounced her name [maedəli:n], though I have heard the French form pronounced as [maedəlain], which is completely incorrect.

The sounds of [ae], or the "a" in the American variant of "at", and of [ai], the name of the letter "I", do not exist in French.
Bastien Rosier  3/11/2008
This is such a lovely name! Madeline Fleur goes really well together! I only like it pronounced mad-a-line though.
― Anonymous User  4/17/2008
This is the name of poor Madeline McCann, who went missing in 2007 in Portugal.
rachypiesheepbaa  7/20/2008
It's Madeleine McCann, not Madeline McCann.
enchy  9/6/2009
My sister's name is Madeline, and I love it. I wish my parents had named me that. I want to name my daughter Madeline, after my sister. My sister's nickname is Maddie, I think that is cute.
― Anonymous User  10/4/2008
My best friend's name is Madeline, and I think it's great! Although I wonder about how she pronounces it. She says her name is really pronounced Mad-a-lein, but she pronounces it Mad-a-lin anyway. I always wonder, "Can you do that?" I dunno, it's weird.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2009
This name is too cute. I think of a beautiful princess or a cute kid. It's not extremely common either, but not unusual. I don't really like Maddy though. I like both pronunciations mad-uh-line and mad-uh-lin, they're both nice, I think mad-uh-line is better though. I hope to name my daughter Madeleine!
― Anonymous User  3/10/2009
This name is classic and GORGEOUS. It sounds so pretty and regal. I can picture a beautiful princess Madeline!
― Anonymous User  3/12/2009
This name should replace all the girl Madisons out there! Beautiful!
― Anonymous User  6/27/2009
I like this name, but I pronounce it Mad-uh-lyn. I dislike the Mad-uh-LINE with the long I pronunciation, because it comes from the name Magdalene, which has no long I sound. This name is gorgeous, and youthful in a good way. I think if I were to use this name though, I would spell it Madalene, which is pretty much Magdalene with an omitted G. I like that spelling the best. Not that I dislike Madeline I just wouldn't want everyone pronouncing it Mad-uh-LINE. Overall, Madeline is a gorgeous name, no matter the pronunciation. ☺
baileymarissa  7/29/2009
Madeline Kahn was an actress who appeared in many movies, including Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. She died of ovarian cancer 10 years ago.
bananarama  8/15/2009
The name Madeline is so mature and beautiful. It's not trashy or dumb. It certainly isn't like the similar, boring, over-used names like Madison. I think anyone with that name could be taken seriously. When I think of someone with that name, I think of someone smart and sweet. I LOVE IT!
― Anonymous User  8/24/2009
I like this name a lot. It's classy and unique without being trendy or bizarre. The only problem I see with using it is there is not a suitable nickname. "Maddy" sounds like "mad" and "crazy" and it's not feminine or pretty. Someone suggested "Linna" in an earlier comment. That is prettier, but isn't an obvious nickname and doesn't really have the same flavor/tone as "Madeline".
emily  12/22/2009
Madeline is a very sweet name, but I can only see it suiting a little girl - I find it too babyish for an adult.
starz26  4/24/2010
I love this name! It's so sweet!
Chrila96  11/7/2010
I always pronounce it like like MAD-a-line. I'm really surprised that isn't one of the pronouncing possibilities because of the show (that was based off a series of children's books) Madeline. She was a spunky redhead who was always looking for adventure.
Myth Writer Dreamer  12/28/2010
Actually, Madeline isn't a French name. It's the English version of the French name Madeleine, which is pronounced 'Mad-eh-lehn'.

As a side note, I only really like the French version of this name. My parents almost named me Madeleine but didn't because my mom only wanted the French pronunciation and my dad liked 'Mad-a-lyn'.
SerenaM  7/4/2011
This name is SO much better and prettier than the tacky and ugly Madison. I feel this spelling should be pronounced "MAD-e-line". If you would like to pronounce it "MAD-e-linn", then spell it Madelyn. If you like "MAD-e-len" or "MAD-e-leen", then go with Madeleine.
Black_X  8/19/2011
This is soooooooooooooo pretty.
meemeeandmama  11/28/2011
Madeline Carroll is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
I've never liked this name. It's so much prettier when spelled Madeleine, but then there's the horrible infantile nickname Maddie. This spelling looks so smashed together and made-up to me.
sunshinechild67  2/13/2012
This is usually pronounced MAD-eh-linn in English. I've known at least 5 girls named Madeline and they all pronounced the last syllable like the name Lynn.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2012
It's a nice name but it just sounds pretentious to me for some reason. This is my niece's name and she's a snobby little girl (she's 6) so I guess she kind of ruined the name for me.
michelle.ramirez  4/25/2012
Madeline McNulty (born 1998 in Biddeford, Maine) is an American actress. She has four brothers: Anthony, Nicholas, Dakota, and Seamus.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2012
Hm. I like "mad-a-len" or "mad-a-lyn", so I'd probably go with Madeleine to avoid confusion. But, here's the thing: Katherine is pronounced kath-a-rin, not kath-a-rine, so I guess it makes sense why Madeline can be pronounced mad-a-lin. But I think most people would end up saying mad-a-line, and I wouldn't want to make my daughter have to constantly correct people.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2013
Hardly given in france.
luxsword  4/28/2014
My name is Caroline pronounced CaroLINE not CaroLYNN therefore when I named my eldest Madeline it was with all intention to pronounce it MadeLINE. If I wanted it pronounced MadeLYNN I would have named her that and spelled it differently. It annoys me to no end when people insist it is MadeLYNN but I respect it to a certain extent. If you spell it Madeline but pronounce it MadeLYNN so be it, but if I say my daughter's name is MadeLINE then share the common courtesy and pronounce it as the name holder and/or parent says it should be. Just a thought :)
MadeLINEsMom99  8/29/2014
I pronounce this name MadeLINE seen as Madelyn is MadeLYN.
― Anonymous User  12/9/2014
I love the name Madeline. It's so lovely, beautiful, cute and sweet. I pronounce it "MAD-ə-lien". The name Madeline reminds me of the the animated television series based on the children's books I used to watch when I was little. :)
― Anonymous User  1/13/2015
Madeline and Madeleine are beautiful names. Parents should reclaim this name and use only the classic spelling. Let little Madeleines take over from those misnamed Maddalyn, Maddyson, Madisson, Maddilyn and other ATROCITIES. Those names are ruining Madeline / Madeleine and risking the name's pedigree as a gorgeous classic. Stop mutilating the name. It's not spelled "Madalynn". Ugh. I am hesitant to use the real name, Madeleine / Madeline because people with no class are ruining it and I don't want my daughter lumped in with trashy names. Yes, I feel strongly about this! If you can't use the proper spelling(s) then stay away. Cr8ativve spellings should be illegal! Go name your kid Maddysin instead. Looks great on a McDonalds name badge. Leave this beautiful name alone.
― Anonymous User  3/7/2015
My name is Madeline. When I lived back in Tennessee many people had trouble pronouncing my name. I am a Spanish speaker and that's probably why but this is Exactly how I pronounce my name
Madelineflores  4/21/2015
I pronounce Madeline (Mad-uh-line) like Caroline, Madelyn (Mad-uh-lyn), Madeliene (Mad-uh-leen).
LV51sfan91  5/10/2015
My name is Jade-Madeline.

I go by Madeline. Shortened, people call me MJ, but I usually prefer they put in the effort and say the full Madeline. I love it :)
mjdwyerr  5/30/2015
Madeline Smith (Born: August 2, 1949) is an English actress. She was a model in the 1960s.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2015
I've never been a big fan of my own name Madeline because I don't think it suits me, however I met another girl named Madolyn who looked like a porcelain doll.
My impression also changed when I found out the alternative was Amanda (no offense Amanda's/ Amanda Bynes).
Maddie Elyse  8/4/2015
Anyone who knows basic grammar and spelling rules should know that Madeline is pronounced with a long "I" because of the e at the end. If you want to pronounce it Madelyn then spell it Madelyn.
jicojovo  10/10/2015
Very pretty and feminine, though I hate the nickname Maddie and feel Madeline is a bit young-sounding. I prefer Madalena, but this is still a lovely name.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/12/2016
A good alternative to Madelyn or Madison. This name is very pretty and will suit a mature woman.
Eileen1209864  7/5/2016
If you're looking to pronounce it Mad-e-Lin then it should be spelled Madeleine as the name Madeline looks like its pronounced Mad-e-LINE, to rhyme with Caroline or the actual word line. Also in my opinion, Madeleine is soooo much prettier than Madeline.
― Anonymous User  9/12/2016
Regarding the last sound, it can be pronounced many ways. It can be be pronounced 'in' like Katherine or Ine like Clementine. It depends on the accent of the speaker.
ERK  11/7/2016
Madeline (said like Caroline) is still on my list! I don't want to call her Maddy though, only Del to honor my great grandmother Della.
LV51sfan91  1/13/2017
Madeline Hartog-Bel is a Peruvian model and beauty queen who won the 1967 Miss World contest, representing Peru.
cutenose  2/28/2017
Madeleine Beth McCann disappeared on the evening of 3 May 2007 from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal, sparking what one newspaper called "the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history". Her whereabouts remain unknown.
cutenose  4/17/2017

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