We love this name but dislike the inevitable nickname....

(56 Posts)
Stateofgrace Sat 15-Mar-14 11:15:54

Madeleine smile

We strongly dislike the ubiquitous nickname 'Maddy'

Last night as a way of getting around this dp suggested 'Magdalene', which could be a way around it? (We think Maggie is lovely).

We understand that her peers will nn her regardless, but I suppose we don't want 'Maddy' as a fait accompli from the get go...

What do you think - either way will she be 'Maddy'?

Any other name suggestions? We are tending to lean toward French, Irish and Italian names (although not a deal breaker) - names that have been suggested thus far include:

Aoife
Lucia
Saoirse
Mathilde
Aoibhe
Isobel
Manon
Cicely
Florence
Beatrice / Beatriz

Trooperslane Sat 15-Mar-14 11:26:24

Madeline will always remind me of the McCanns, sorry.

What about Sorcha or Scarlett?

MsJupiter Sat 15-Mar-14 11:37:27

I like Magdalene. Also Magdala.

ClemencePoesy Sat 15-Mar-14 11:43:06

What about Magdalena, nickname Lena or magda or Maggie

ClemencePoesy Sat 15-Mar-14 11:43:50

Or from your other list Manon is stunning.

TheBuskersDog Sat 15-Mar-14 11:46:49

I never think of Madeleine McCann when I meet a new Maddie/Madeleine.

I have known girls called Madeleine who are never known as Maddie, I suppose it depends if they want to be called it.

jeee Sat 15-Mar-14 11:48:26

I don't like the standard abbreviations of DC 3 & 4.... DC3 was going to be called by her full name, and DC4 was going to be a slightly less common abbreviation of her name (it's a name with 3 or 4 shortened forms).

Guess what? Both of them are called by the standard abbreviation. And both of them are that abbreviation, IYSWIM.

If you really don't like the standard shortening, I'd go for a different name.

MuffTheMagicDragonButter Sat 15-Mar-14 11:50:39

I love Madeleine, but avoiding Maddy will be hard.

Magdalene for me isn't as nice, although I do like Maggie.

Is Manon pronounced MAN-on or MAN-un?

mumbaisapphirebluespruce Sat 15-Mar-14 11:51:39

I think Madaleine is lovely and really don't think the McCann association is of any concern. I know several Madaleines and they all go by their full names. The adult one I know occasionally gets Mads but never Maddy. I also like Magdalene, but prefer Magdalena.

Viviennemary Sat 15-Mar-14 11:54:20

Not keen on the name. And I'm even less keen on Magdelene. I like Isobel best from your list and also Isabella.

BlackberryandNettle Sat 15-Mar-14 11:56:34

Magdalene makes me think of Mary Magdalene who was a prostitute but then follower of Jesus - when us the baby due?

RegainingUnconsciousness Sat 15-Mar-14 12:03:11

Can't you specify the nickname you prefer from the outset? For example, a friends baby was announced something like "we welcome Elizabeth, who will be known as Effy, to our family". And she's Effy to everyone.

Likewise, my DH goes by a name different to his legal first name. Its not a problem.

You could have Madeleine, to be known as Del/Ellie/Len, or is it any nickname you're against?

EmmaSue Sat 15-Mar-14 12:09:47

Magdalene makes me think of the laundries. sad

Bowlersarm Sat 15-Mar-14 12:11:51

I don't think the McCann situation matters. There are a lot of madeleines out there. I do think she would be getting Maddie though. I'd go for another name you can have Maggie short for.

Stateofgrace Sat 15-Mar-14 12:15:44

Thanks for the replies so far.

Manon is pronounced 'Mah-non' but you say the final n so slightly that it trails off ever so (like you would pronounce 'non' in French)...I suppose almost like 'Manoh' would be the best way of describing it...

Blackberry - she's not due until July, we can avoid Christian holidays smile

Regaining - this is just it, we love the name in its full form and we would be calling her Madeleine. We don't want to NN her anything apart from something which could evolve organically. (DD1 is still 'Button' blush )

I suppose NN is really the wrong word, it's 'diminutive' isn't it?

Perhaps we need a re-think.

Mycatistoosexy Sat 15-Mar-14 12:18:35

I really like Theresa. I'm not having any more kids so I'm on a one woman mission to get this name used by somebody grin

Anjou Sat 15-Mar-14 12:28:16

What a lovely short list of names, OP! I know a few young madeleines who are all Maddys, but thats what their parents wish for them to be called. I know a couple of adult Madeleines: one is Madeleine, one is Mads. It wouldn't occur to me to call them Maddy.

I know there is a school of thought that says nn's are inevitable, but I've known several Michaels, James', Jennifer's & Victorias since childhood who have never been referred to as Mikes, Jamie's, Jenny's or Vicky's. I think if you tell people the first time they shorten it "I prefer Madeleine" that will suffice.

Magdalene is beautiful. I know a few, all of which are known as Magda but Maggie is a sweet nn too.

I would keep saying your short list out loud to get used to hearing them and then see what suits her when she arrives. I'm sure it will be perfect. smile

Oakmaiden Sat 15-Mar-14 12:35:09

I have foudn that people tend to call your child what you ask them to call him/her.

So my eldest (Alexander) has always been Alex because we always introduce him and refer to him as Alex. Whilst number 2 (Eleanor) has always been Eleanor because that is how we refer to her.

When they get a bit older it becomes more their choice - I guess if Alex particularly wanted to be known as Alexander he would refer to himself in that way, and thus that is what people would call him. I know people have occasionally referred to Eleanor as Ellie, but to be fair SHE stamps on that pretty quickly...

Oakmaiden Sat 15-Mar-14 12:36:12

Forgot to add - so if you say "This is Madeleine" she is likely to get called Madeleine. If you say "this is Madeleine, known as Leine" then that is what she will get called.

HandragsNGladbags Sat 15-Mar-14 12:38:57

We had the exact same problem, well I did.

DH didn't like it due to McCann association which I thought was daft, but I really don't like Maddie, I thought people would then assume she was called Madison, which again isn't for me.

So we went with Philippa smile

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sat 15-Mar-14 12:42:04

Magdalene won't solve the maddy problem, because it is pronounced the same!

woundbobbin Sat 15-Mar-14 12:47:16

I really love Madeleine but my surname begins with a Mc so we felt the McCann connection would be to strong we considered Adeline which I think is just as nice and I prefer addie to maddie as a nickname

AlternativeMoniker53 Sat 15-Mar-14 12:52:08

Magdalene makes me think of the laundries as well sad

reup Sat 15-Mar-14 12:55:48

Will you pronounce it linn or line at the end?I always like the latter because of the books. Is that a French pronunciation?

I dont think diminutives are inevitable. I know a James, William, Phillip and Daniel all in their teens who have always been known by their full name.

RobinSparkles Sat 15-Mar-14 13:00:47

I know a few Madelines and have never thought McCann when they are introduced.

I know one that is always Madeline never Maddie.

I have an Isabel and I always hated Izzy so I nearly didn't go for it, but I couldn't find anything I liked as much. She has always been Isabel but guess what? I now love Izzy but she hates it so is always Isabel.

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