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I think that Elena would be a very nice way to shorten it if you don’t like Elle, Addie, Maddie, Della, Lynn/Laine, Lena, Millie, or Linda.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2020
1
I tend to love French names a lot, and Madeleine is no exception. It also happens to be the name of a series and character by Ludwig Bemelmans that I also love!
wh0sbad  11/12/2020
2
I love it! I named my daughter Madeleine Elise and it's feminine, timeless, classy, and soft sounding. I don’t think her name could suit her better!
LaurenKaye29  10/25/2020
1
I would definitely use this name. It’s pretty, elegant, feminine and has a lovely sound. This is definitely my preferred spelling though, with the “e” after the “l”. Madeline is essentially the words “made” and “line” together and I can’t unsee that and it looks a little off to me. Just my personal taste though.
ash1990  10/7/2020
1
I really like this name! It's sweet and feminine while also not being snobby or uptight. It also has many nickname opportunities. It is honestly incredible. (I may be slightly biased because my incredible daughter is Madeleine but then again I did pick it so...)
Kellyelkman  10/1/2020
0
This spelling looks odd to me...too many letters. It looks pretentious in my opinion. It’s okay if you are French but the average American will misspell it. Madeline is more practical and it is the same name. I have seen this name spelled so many different ways. Madelyn, Madeline, Madelynn, Madylin. It is the new trend name for girls. The “new” Madison.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2020
1
I know a little Madeleine and people call her Mai.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2020
1
Gorgeous! I think of France and Alice In Wonderland when I hear this. I really dislike the nickname Maddie/Maddy though.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2020
1
Beautiful name, I think of those little French cakes whenever I hear it. Lovely name.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2020
1
My name is Madeleine and people call me Maida or Made.. these nicknames are pretty common in Chile.
― Anonymous User  6/30/2020
2
Madeleine is a very elegant name! This is my favorite spelling. I very much prefer this over Madison :)
someone-  5/16/2020
1
Madeleine is the prettiest name in the world! I know a Madeleine and she is awesome!
s28829430  11/14/2019
1
Way better than Madeline.
nylonpanda  9/22/2019
2
Madeleine is an awesome name! I know a girl named Madeleine and she is the bestest friend ever!
s28829430  9/12/2019
1
I had no idea that this name originated from the name "Magdalene" until I was reading "Le mystère de la charité de Jeanne D'Arc" by Charles Péguy. He mentions the name where I would've assumed he meant to say Magdalene... and that's indeed the same as Madeleine!
wildermind  9/12/2019
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Usage: French, English

Pronounced: MAD-LEHN (French), MAD-ə-lən (English), MAD-lən (English)

Meaning: French form of MAGDALENE.
RHAWK3935  9/3/2019
1
I love this name so so much and I think it is so beautiful. However, I meet so many Maddie’s! If one of the girls were to go by Madeleine she would stand out from all of the other girls who share her name yet go by a nickname.
GabriellaConcetta  7/31/2019
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My name is Madeleine. It is very stressful to always correct people’s pronunciation and spelling. People would just replace my name with something else as it seems too complicated for them. This causes me to be sad sometimes as people may say this is just too pretentious. Despite all this, I learnt to appreciate the uniqueness of my name. It is sophisticated and classy. It made me who I am today and I am proud to be a Madeleine.
― Anonymous User  7/12/2019
1
I see this pronounced Mad-e-lane, which I find very pretty.
However, I dislike the unavoidable Maddy. The nickname itself is okay, but just extremely common and overused. Use the full name, as it’s absolutely gorgeous.
― Anonymous User  6/29/2019
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Madeline is better, this one kinda looks weird.
― Anonymous User  5/26/2019
1
I have a close friend with this name, and despite most people's disability with spelling it, I think that it is a very nice name and she has no problem with it.
steeneemarie  3/10/2019
0
This name and its spelling is very charming and authentic. The way it is originally written adds an elegant and historical
weight to this sort of forename. If I had a daughter, I might consider it as a top contender on my short list of names.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2019
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I don't like this spelling. Too long and complicated.
Luvbug86  9/19/2018
2
This name is pronounced "ma-da-lay-na" in southern France.
― Anonymous User  9/11/2018
2
Lovely. This is the only spelling that fits, in my opinion. I love it in full, dislike the nickname Maddie.
kayisforkeen  8/16/2018
6
My name is Madeleine. My parents intended for it to be pronounced 'mad-len' but I prefer 'ma-de-leen' so I use that pronunciation.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2018
1
‘Madeleine Elster’ from Vertigo.
― Anonymous User  6/29/2018
2
This spelling is so much prettier and exotic than “Madelyn” or “Madeline.” It makes me think of French pastries. Madeleine!
― Anonymous User  6/14/2018
2
I love the pronunciation Mad-eh-layn, by far the prettiest pronunciation in my opinion!
― Anonymous User  8/5/2017
6
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  7/4/2017
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Madeleine Westerhout is the personal secretary to U.S. President Donald Trump. Westerhout was born in Irvine, California. She studied political science at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. After her graduation in 2013 she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as a fitness trainer in the Pure Barre gym of Carrie Rezabek Dorr.
cutenose  6/30/2017
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Madeleine Lim is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, director, cinematographer and LGBTQ activist. She is the founding Executive Director of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, and an adjunct professor of film studies at the University of San Francisco. Lim is also a co-founder of SAMBAL and the US Asian Lesbian Network in the San Francisco Bay Area.
cutenose  4/21/2017
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Madeleine Joan "Maddie" Blaustein (also credited as Addie Blaustein and Adam Blaustein) was an American voice actress and comics writer. She was known for her voice acting work for 4Kids Entertainment, DuArt Film and Video and NYAV Post, and for comics written for Milestone Comics.
cutenose  2/16/2017
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Madeleine is such a stunningly beautiful name and if it wasn't for the presumably unavoidable nickname of 'Maddy/Maddie' which I cannot stand, I would not hessitate to name a second or third daughter Madeleine said as mad-uh-line. (My preferred pronunciation)
Madeleine, Madeline, Madelyn and so forth are exceedingly better than Madison!
Fictionlover94Audrey  2/13/2017
4
One of my favorite names. Seriously, this name is so beautiful and strong.
― Anonymous User  1/27/2017
2
This is my favourite name. (Pronounced Lin at the end not line.) I love the name Madeleine, the name is beautiful, classic, timeless and can fit anyone of any age. There are also some cute nicknames for it: Maddie, Mads, Lindy, so that's great as well. This name is perfect and I don't think you can go wrong with this name. Anyone with the first name Madeleine is very very lucky to have such a gorgeous name. Simply stunning!
― Anonymous User  8/23/2016
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The Czech singer and songwriter Radůza has a song named Madeleine on her album Marathon. It's about the battle of Verdun in World War I, from the perspective of a French soldier talking to his lover. A very beautiful and sad song in my opinion.
orlageddon  7/21/2016
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My name is Madeleine, pronounced madeLEHN, and (gasp!) I do go by Maddie. Personally I think it's a beautiful name, and I don't see anything wrong with the nickname Maddie (or Maddy, or Maddi, or Madi). I like it a lot more than Madison.
ThatOneAuthorGirl  6/14/2016
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I love the beautiful name Madeleine. It's so lovely, sweet and cute. :) This name always reminds me of the poor little adorable innocent girl Madeleine McCann who went missing. :( Here in the UK this name is commonly said as "MAD-ə-lin". This is such a perfect name for a girl. ^w^
― Anonymous User  10/23/2015
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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
1
In the song by the Backstreet Boys, they pronounce it "Mad-uh-layn".
BuckeyedPeach86  7/1/2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
1
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
1
Madeleine is very feminine, and is one of my favorite names.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2013
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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
2
The Backstreet Boys have a song called "Madeleine" on their "In A World Like This" album.
Missy  8/24/2013
1
Madeleine is a long established and classic French/French Canadian name. It's been in use for centuries.
― Anonymous User  7/24/2013
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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
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Another dictionary definition of "Madeleine" is something that triggers memories or nostalgia. The perfect meaning in my opinion!
― Anonymous User  3/17/2013
1
Could Della work as a nickname?
― Anonymous User  2/4/2013
1
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
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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
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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
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Madeleine was the youngest daughter of King Charles VII of France and his wife Maria of Anjou.
CarolinW  6/11/2012
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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
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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
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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
1
Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was a famous American author.
― Anonymous User  3/28/2012
0
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
1
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
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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
1
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
1
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
1
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
1
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
2
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
1
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
1
Madeleine McCann, that adorable little girl who went missing. It's unfortunate people are so evil.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2009
1
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
1
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
1
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
1
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
1
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
2
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
2
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
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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
1
I LOVE this name. Definitely on the top of my list of girl names. Lovely.
jaclyn_francesca  7/1/2008
3
Generally pronounced mad-len in France, although older people may pronounce it mah-duh-len.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2008
2
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
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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
3
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
1
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
1
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
2
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
1
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
1
I think it looks much prettier without the second e, as in Madeline.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2007
3
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
1
This is a nice name, but people probably don't use it at the moment for an obvious reason.
― Anonymous User  8/16/2007
1
Is it because of Madeleine McCann?
― Anonymous User  10/6/2007
1
Yes it is because of the missing girl, but everyone seems to have forgotten her anyway.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2008
1
A famous bearer is Madeleine Morrison - daughter of Keith Morrison, NBC newscaster and sister of Matthew Perry.
Janika  7/19/2007
1
Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux is a famous bearer.
Morninglory379  2/16/2007
2
Madeleine is really really classy, unlike the ugly Madisons you get today. Madison is more of a boy's name.
7up  1/23/2007
1
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
0
Madeleine is best just kept as Madeleine. Not Maddy, Maddie or Mads.
nothingshortoftragic  12/12/2006
1
As the website says, I would pronounce it the French way ma-de-LEN.
― Anonymous User  10/9/2006
3
Madeline is a young French character from a book of the same name, which was made into a movie.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2006
0
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
1
This is such a beautiful name!
Mab  7/17/2006
2
Ma-de-LEHN. Not MadeLYN. Not MadeLINE. Madeleine is the most beautiful and most classic form of this name.
Fionafabulous  5/3/2006
1
The French say it Mad-LEHN. In America, however, we say Mad-a-LEIN.
― Anonymous User  4/3/2006
2
Madeleine Albright, first woman Secretary of State of the USA.
Ylva  2/10/2006
2
Madeleine Allbright(ová) was born as Marie Korbelová.
Maggie_Simpson  7/29/2006
1
Madde is a common nickname in Sweden.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
2
Also the amazing author Madeleine L'Engle. (She wrote a Wrinkle In Time, etc.)
lena92  7/15/2005
1
A famous bearer is the Swedish princess Madeleine.
― Anonymous User  5/19/2005

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