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My name is Magdalen, my parents left the 'e' off the end of my name so technically it's pronounced maud-alin like the Oxford college.
My family and friends have all always called me Maddie (at one point I asked to be called Magda because a character I liked in a book was called Magda), but all in all I have never liked to be called Magdalen- I can understand why others like it, and I appreciate its uniqueness, but it has just never appealed to me.
People always compliment me on it though.
Mads.1  9/10/2018
Very pretty. The only name ending in -lene that I like.
kayisforkeen  8/16/2018
We just named our baby girl Magdalyn, as a variation of this name. We wanted to call her Maggie, after her great grandmother, but we didn’t want to use Margaret (the full family name) for several reasons. My husband picked Magdalyn as a variation from a baby book, and I just liked how it sounded at first. Then when I looked into origin, I realized the origin was really Mary Magdalene/Magdala. I’ve had lots of Catholic school, so my first impression was “red flag, prostitute, ” but then I looked into it more and discovered what others have posted about there being no actual link between Mary Magdalene and the prostitute story. Then I remembered all the lovely significance of Mary Magdalene in The DaVinci Code theories and (while I’m sure some of that is a stretch) it made my feminist heart super happy. It’s unusual in English, but nice that it seems to be popular in so many other countries/languages/cultures. Since then I’ve heard a catholic priest speak about how women should have a bigger role in the church because, after all, when Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene on the third day, she WAS the church. The only person in it. It was a cool sermon and, again, feminist. :). So, Magdalyn it is. I’m sure she’ll probably hate me for giving her such an unusual name, but I love it and all the meaning behind it. And she gets to listen to Rod Stewart sing Maggie Mae at least once a day until she can tell me to stop.
― Anonymous User  11/14/2017
"Magda", "Lena" are Georgian versions of this name. Also "Megi" and "Melano" are really similar, but I'm not sure if they are connected to the name "Magdalene".
― Anonymous User  2/9/2017
Also a Modern Greek name; modernized as Magdalini. [noted -ed]
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  1/28/2017
My name is Magdalene, I hate the nick names people try to give me just because they can't pronounce it. Such as Maggie, Mag, Mags, Maddy etc.. I think my name is beautiful and should be used rather than the silly nick names.

Pronounced Mag-da-lene the e on the end is silent so it's pronounced as though it is spelt Mag-da-len not Mag-da-lean. Hope this makes sense :)
MissM.M.D  9/21/2016
This is my middle name and although I'm not fond of it, it's way better than my first name. I do prefer 'Magdalena' to 'Magdalene', though. And the 'Mag' part repels me for some reason.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2016
The name Magdalene was given to 115 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
This name is OK but it's not something I can ever see myself obsessing over or using (for an actual child that is).
Ironically, my aunt had 5 kids whom in order, their first initials spell out "Magda" our family would often joked that if my aunt were to have 4 more kids, the initials would be "Lene" or "Lena" and would spell out Magdalene or Magdalena haha! But she was in her senses and knew that 5 kids was more than enough (:
― Anonymous User  5/1/2016
This name is so beautiful! Obviously Mary Magdalene was a notable woman too! You could call her Maggie, Allie/Ally, Lynn. I prefer this to the English version Madeline/Madelyn.
LV51sfan91  5/9/2015
Magdalene "Magda" Szubanski is a British-Australian actress, comedian, television presenter, radio host and author.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2014
Bling Mag, a character in "Repo! The Genetic Opera", has the full name Magdalene.
dressandtie  8/29/2013
The name Magdalene was given to 96 baby girls born in the US in 2012. I'm starting to really like this name, along with the variants Magdalen and Magdalena.
Oohvintage  7/16/2013
Two nicknames for Magdalene are Magda and Maggie.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2013
The -gd part kind of drags it out and makes it hard to say. It's still a very pretty name, but I can't really imagine calling someone Magdalene/Magdalena. I prefer Madeleine, although the pronunciation on that could be easily confusing.
― Anonymous User  2/2/2013
Really pretty, but really long. I like the pronunciations mag-da-Len-uh or mag-da-len. Maggie or Lenny are cute nicknames.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2013
Magdalene (1587-1628) was the daughter of William V, Duke of Bavaria and his wife Renata.
CarolinW  7/18/2012
Magdalene (1586-1659) was the daughter of Duke Albert Frederick of Prussia and his wife Marie Eleonore.
CarolinW  6/21/2012
A nickname for this can be Maggie.
meemeeandmama  11/28/2011
The English word "maudlin" which means excessively sentimental or contrite comes from the name of Saint Mary Magdalin of the Bible.
― Anonymous User  3/8/2010
I prefer the German pronunciation for this name, with the nickname Lena (LEEnuh.) I love this name--it belonged to one of my great-grandmothers.
breakofday  5/2/2009
The Greek form of Magdalene is Μαγδαληνή

Magdala means Great Tower.

The Hebrew form for the phrase From Magdala - which is, to say - From Great Tower is נהדר מ מגדל
Deborah Reyes  4/11/2009
About Mary Magdalene - I thought it was important to clear up the Biblical record about Mary Magdalene. There is NO Biblical evidence that Mary Magdalene ever was or was ever perceived to be a prostitute in any part of the Biblical record OR in any information about Mary which has survived from the first few centuries of Christianity. At some point, some historian made an error about Mary's background and that error ended up being carried through in subsequent centuries and then became shellacked over by years of tradition. Technically speaking, Mary Magdalene was a resident of Magdala, a city on the SW coast of the sea of Galilee. (Matthew 27:56, and 28:1) Mark 15:40, 47. Luke 8:2 and 24:10. John 19:25 and 20:11-18. Mary was afflicted with seven demons, which Jesus expelled. Mark 16:9, Luke 8:2. The old view that Mary Magdalene was a woman of loose character is wholly groundless. The notion is based on the fact that the first mention of Mary Magdalene follows the account of the sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus (Luke 7:36-50) which is FAR from proving that the SAME person is being referred to in the two different Biblical accounts. Mary Magdalene was a devoted follower of her Lord. (Luke 8:1-3) and was at the cross (Matthew 27:56, Mark 15:40 and John 19:25) Mary Magdalene was at the sepulchre on the third day (Mark 16:1) Mark states that Jesus, after His resurrection, appeared FIRST to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9). Jesus gave Mary a command, Jesus told Mary to "Go and tell" the Disciples about the resurrection. (John 20) So Mary Magdalene was not only the first person to SEE Jesus following the resurrection - but Mary Magdalene was ALSO the first person to be "sent" with a message FROM Jesus about the Resurrection! What the "seven demons" may have referred to has never been significantly documented - but other records from that same time period seem to indicate that "being afflicted by demons" COULD mean nothing more than being afflicted by a malady which modern science would recognize as a form of mental illness. Since the area where Mary lived was war-torn - Mary could have suffered from something akin to post traumatic stress syndrome. Or Mary could have suffered from something akin to postpartum depression or numerous other maladies which have names AND the possibility of treatment in the modern era.

And - whether Mary Magdalene was a woman of loose character or a woman who suffered from some form of mental illness - the IMPORTANT part of Mary's story is that, after she met Jesus, Mary had a NEW life - and was restored to good health AND enjoyed good reputation. Which IS what the Gospel message is all about - after all.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Corinthians 5:17.
Deborah Reyes  4/11/2009
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 suppose it's an okay name, but isn't it also a word for a reformed, uh, prostitute?
welovejamesarness  5/29/2008
Firstly, to the poster who is not happy being named Madeline, I'm not entirely sure why. The French form is entirely more attractive than "Magdalene" with its aggressively harsh "gd" consonant cluster.

Second, as far as concerns German pronunciation, replace the "nu" with "nə". That's how terminal Es are pronounced in German.
Midgard666  3/4/2008
In Geoffrey Chaucher's epic medieval poem 'The Canterbury Tales', the shipman's boat is named the Magdalene (pronounced as 'maudlin'). A college at the University of Cambridge also bears this name.
reservoirdoll1987  8/11/2007
Maggie can be short for Magdalene.
CharlieRob  7/28/2007
In Clive Barker's book Weaveworld, Immacolata's sisters are the Hag and the Magdalene. The Magdalene is extremely promiscuous and has a number of deformed children.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2007
It's pretty, and you can have "Magda" for short, which I like.
Surreal  4/15/2007
I thought this was Mary Magdelene's last name, I didn't realise it was a middle name.
bellaboo  10/24/2006
Magdalene was not her middle name. Nowadays, one may have the surname 'Moore' if one or one's ancestors were from a moor. Magdalene means 'from Magdalene', as the entry says. Her name might as well have been, 'Mary from Magdala'. In some places in the Bible, Jesus is referred to as 'Jesus the Nazarene', or 'of Nazareth'. Magdalene is across the same lines.
― Anonymous User  12/4/2017
There were no last names back then.
WhitePhantom  2/19/2007
The name Magdalene is a nice name but I hate my name which comes from it, Madeline which is French.
maddy_01  9/27/2006
Actually, Mary Magdalene from the Bible was a prostitute whom Jesus forgave.
raspberry twirl  5/8/2006
Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute. There is an amazing book by Donna Jo Napoli about her though. It is called The Song of the Magdalene, I believe.
C_R_Trulssri  3/23/2007
Actually, the Bible never gives that prostitute a name. The Catholic Church associated Mary Magdalene with her, to give her a place and a domain in Sainthood. I recall hearing an apology on their part for the misleading.
blackapple  5/29/2006
I recall an author named Magdelane Nabb. (unsure of the exact spelling)
lindamaree  3/12/2006
I usually pronounce this name "MAG-da-layn".
gaelruadh19  4/28/2005

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