Madeline, however, was pretty darned popular through the turn of the century and several decades after, only to take an odd tanking in the 70s & 80s.. It shot right back up less than a decade later, and landed back on top, bringing variants Madeleine & Madelyn along with it.
So, chances are you know a few Madelines. Probably not your own age, but aunts, grandmas, even great-grandmas, as well as some little ones, too.
Original Greek form: Magdalene [Μαγδαληνή] (mag-dah-len-eh)
Latin form: Magdalena (mahg-dah-LEN-ah)
French form: Madeleine (mah-deh-LEHN)
- Madaléin (MAH-da-layn)--Irish
- Magali (mah-gah-LEE)--Provençal. Also spelled Magalie and Magaly.
- Magdolna (MAHG-dohl-nah)--Hungarian
- Mahulena (mah-hul-EHN-ah)--Czech
- Maialen (mye-ah-len)--Basque
- Malena (mah-LEHN-ah)--Swedish, Spanish
- Malin (MAH-lin)--Scandinavian, Finnish
- Matleena (MAHT-leh-nah)--Finnish