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I usually pronounce this name "MAG-da-layn".
-- gaelruadh19  4/28/2005
I recall an author named Magdelane Nabb. (unsure of the exact spelling)
-- lindamaree  3/12/2006
Actually, Mary Magdalene from the Bible was a prostitute whom Jesus forgave.
-- raspberry twirl  5/8/2006
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
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
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
I thought this was Mary Magdelene's last name, I didn't realise it was a middle name.
-- bellaboo  10/24/2006
There were no last names back then.
-- WhitePhantom  2/19/2007
It's pretty, and you can have "Magda" for short, which I like.
-- Surreal  4/15/2007
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
Maggie can be short for Magdalene.
-- CharlieRob  7/28/2007
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
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
I suppose it's an okay name, but isn't it also a word for a reformed, uh, prostitute?
-- welovejamesarness  5/29/2008
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
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
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 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
A nickname for this can be Maggie.
-- meemeeandmama  11/28/2011
Magdalene (1586-1659) was the daughter of Duke Albert Frederick of Prussia and his wife Marie Eleonore.
-- CarolinW  6/21/2012
Magdalene (1587-1628) was the daughter of William V, Duke of Bavaria and his wife Renata.
-- CarolinW  7/18/2012
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
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
Two nicknames for Magdalene are Magda and Maggie.
-- Anonymous User  6/28/2013
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
Bling Mag, a character in "Repo! The Genetic Opera", has the full name Magdalene.
-- dressandtie  8/29/2013

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