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Madeleine Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The French name Madeleine is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Madeleine is "high tower".  

It is also of Greek origin, where its meaning is "of Magdala".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 283  in baby name popularity for girls with 1138 occurrences.  It ranked 13207 in popular baby names for boys with 5 occurrences. 

View the Madeleine Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Madeleine has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Madeleine to other names.


The name Magdalene derives from a character in the New Testament who came from the town of Magdala.

Magdala was a village on the Galilee that was located a few miles north of Tiberias and its name means "high tower" in Hebrew.

Mary Magdalene or Mary of Magdala, who was given this name to distinguish her from other Marys, was healed by Jesus of evil spirits and infirmities.

It is widely accepted that she is also the repentant sinner who washed Christ's feet with her tears.

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Madeleine is a French form of the name Magdalene.

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Would you like to fingerspell the name Madeleine in American Sign Language?

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Just for fun, see the name Madeleine in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.

Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.

Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).

Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.

By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.

Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.

Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.

After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.