Madeleine

(40 Posts)
CheerfulYank Tue 09-Oct-12 20:27:59

Is it overdone? I really don't know any. I do know a lot of Madisons, though (am American) and worry that people would think that was her name if we called her Maddie.

Thoughts?

BillyBollyBandy Tue 09-Oct-12 20:28:45

I LOVE it.

HTH grin

HeatOnGentlyGently Tue 09-Oct-12 20:29:59

Lovely name but very much associated with Madeleine McCann for me.

YouMayLogOut Tue 09-Oct-12 20:31:19

A pretty name, much nicer than Madison (too place-namey)

Minty82 Tue 09-Oct-12 20:34:57

Beautiful name, and I don't know any little ones. Unfortunately Madeleine McCann leaps to mind for me too, but don't think that's a reason to put the name beyond use - you just might want to bear in mind that people will think of it, and weigh up whether that bothers you.

CheerfulYank Tue 09-Oct-12 20:45:03

Madeleine McCann is a thought of course (poor darling sad ) but though she is known in the States it's not an immediate connection for most people.

happypotamus Tue 09-Oct-12 20:48:15

I've never met a baby/ child named Madeleine, and I do meet a lot of babies in my job. I love it, it was on my short-list for DD but DH vetoed it because of Madeleine McCann. DD's birthday is within days of the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance so maybe he had a point. It's on my current list for hypothetical DC2 still.

CheerfulYank Tue 09-Oct-12 20:57:54

I may spell is Madeline anyway, without the other "e", because I love the books about the little girl so much and would like to have the covers framed in my DD's hypothetical nursery. smile (I am pregnant but don't know what I'm having.)

hackneyzoo Tue 09-Oct-12 21:02:48

DD1's middle name is Madeleine (It was my Mum's name too) and I love it. Have had lots of positive comments about it too.
Prefer the 'eine' spelling because otherwise I think people would emphasise 'line' in thier pronunciation and it sounds a bit odd.
My Mum often got called Mad or Maddy, which I really like as a nickname, but know it's not to everyone's taste.

humblebumble Tue 09-Oct-12 21:04:29

It's a lovely name. I can't say Madeline McCann springs to mind immediately. I think the nickname Maddie is very cute too.

PuppyMonkey Tue 09-Oct-12 21:05:33

My DD is Madeleine (she's 15 now). Named cos of my love of TV series Moonlighting. smile

Maddie for short.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Tue 09-Oct-12 22:42:33

I really like it and it was on my list, but at the moment it just makes me think of Madeleine McCann too much to use.

CheerfulYank Tue 09-Oct-12 22:44:38

I do have the McCann association, but like I said the knowledge of her is not as widespread here in the States.

Also, because I loved the books so much as a little girl, I think of those first, then little Madeleine McCann.

Hmmm...lots to think about!

nappyaddict Wed 10-Oct-12 12:16:17

It is quite popular.

What about:

Sylvie, Jeannie, Ana, Patricia, June, Cynthia, Rosemary, Rita, Lillian, Wendy, Tulip, Gillian, Darrell, Sally, Gwendoline, Mavis, Mabel, Minnie, Maggie, Judith/Jude, Janey, Clara, Anastasia, Rosa, Audrey, Miriam (Mimi), Hazel, Dorothy, Jenna, Stefya, Peggy, Alison (Ally), Margot, Frances, Betty, Angelina, Angelica, Maree, Teresa (Tessa/Tessie), Natalia, Belinda, Mildred, Millicent, Tatiana, Loretta, Enid, Bessie, Bethan, Lispeth, Elspeth, Esther, Elsa, Elise, Elodie, Louisa, Luisa, Lara, Annabella, Cora, Pansy, Flora, Rowan, Delilah, Deliah, Carlotta, Nancy, Claudia, Henrietta, Harrietta, Etta, Daphne, Diana, Penelope, Nell, Beatrice, Beatrix, Vera, Susannah, Edith, Olive, Seraphina, Sefarina, Julietta, Josephina, Ethel, Petula, Dixie, Phoenix, Elvira, Miranda, Hilda, Barbara, Pearl, Hillary, Tabitha, Opal, Emmelina, Isadora, Theadora, Kitty, Genevieve, Helena, Lillith, Rosalind, Cordelia, Lisbet, Arabella, Claribel, Clementine, Norah, Evelina, Lucinda, Persephone, Jessamy, Fearne, Greta, Honor, Iona, April.

Gwennan Wed 10-Oct-12 12:32:57

There's nothing wrong with Madeleine but it is very much associated with the very tragic Madeleine McCann in the UK.

I think it will be lost in a sea of Madisons, Madelyns, Madelines, etc. in the States.

It is a lovely name. If you like Maddie, why not Matilda with the nickname Mattie? It's similar but a bit different.

telsa Wed 10-Oct-12 14:30:07

It is a beautiful name. I only know one, who is 9.

squoosh Wed 10-Oct-12 15:34:28

If you're in America the Madeleine McCann reference is irrelevant.

manicinsomniac Wed 10-Oct-12 18:13:08

I think it's a lovely name. Nicer than Madison imo.

I find the McCann association totally bizarre though. It would never occur to me to connect the name with her, I know loads of Madeleines so I don't think of any connection at all when I hear it.

It's not like everybody thinks of Sarah Payne when they hear the name Sarah or James Bulger when they hear the name James. Etc etc. Yet any time the name Madeleine is mentioned McCann always comes up. I really don't get it. It's not much rarer than those two.

PuppyMonkey Wed 10-Oct-12 20:35:58

Arf at nappy addict's massive list of alternatives. grin

None a patch on Madeleine IMHO.wink

PuppyMonkey Wed 10-Oct-12 20:36:50

Especially Hilda.confused

minipie Wed 10-Oct-12 20:41:16

Lovely lovely name. Would have been near the top of my list but 2 friends already used it.

RobinSparkles Wed 10-Oct-12 20:46:18

I only know one Madeleine (possibly due to a decline in popularity in the UK because of Madeleine McCann). She is eight so would have been born long before MM went missing but when she was introduced to me as Madeleine, Madeleine McCann didn't actually enter my head.

I think it's a nice name smile.

CheerfulYank Wed 10-Oct-12 20:48:07

Is there a lot of difference between Madeleine and Madeline in pronunciation?

ChippyMinton Wed 10-Oct-12 21:08:41

Madeleine gets pronounced:

Mad-a-len (French)
Mad-a-linn (usual)
Mad-a-leen (Irish)
Mad-a-line (those who've seen the TV show of the book)

and that's just my DD!

ChippyMinton Wed 10-Oct-12 21:09:35

And don't get me started on the spelling variations.

Stick with Madeleine and you won't go far wrong.

happierhigherstrongerwheezing Wed 10-Oct-12 21:13:44

Actually, it reminds me of Paris, which is a lovely association.

PoppyScarer Wed 10-Oct-12 21:15:58

I love it, but might be biased!

I've only come across one or two others in 5 years.

And only one person (with special needs) has mentioned Madeleine McCann.

Spell it Madeleine, I implore you!

susiedaisy Wed 10-Oct-12 21:16:38

I immediately think of Madeleine McCann, sorry!

PoppyScarer Wed 10-Oct-12 21:18:29

P.S. Madeleine Albright, what a role model!

My experience is that people are impressed when you explain Maddie is short for Madeleine, not Madison. Sooooo many Madisons around.

P.P.S. A wonderful excuse to eat a delicious cake at every possible opportunity.

My 8 yr old is Madeleine. We wanted something that could stand as a classy name when she's an adult, but that we could shorten to something cute as a toddler. She is Maddie. It bugs me so much that people assume that is short for Madison. I mean wtf? What the heck is Madison?? Madeleine is an ages old French name, way classier. I say go for it. We holidayed just across the road from the McCann's appartment the year before their tragedy, and it affected me greatly, but I don't think this is a reason not to go with Madeleine if you love it. It never affected anyone named Ben...

My 8 yr old is Madeleine. We wanted something that could stand as a classy name when she's an adult, but that we could shorten to something cute as a toddler. She is Maddie. It bugs me so much that people assume that is short for Madison. I mean wtf? What the heck is Madison?? Madeleine is an ages old French name, way classier. I say go for it. We holidayed just across the road from the McCann's appartment the year before their tragedy, and it affected me greatly, but I don't think this is a reason not to go with Madeleine if you love it. It never affected anyone named Ben...

I think of little frech cakes smile

CheerfulYank Wed 10-Oct-12 21:27:22

I also love Madeleine L'Engle, so that's something smile

PuppyMonkey Thu 11-Oct-12 06:39:17

Never had anyone assume my Maddie is short for Madison. That name wasn't really on the radar nearly 16 years ago round these parts.

CheerfulYank Fri 12-Oct-12 18:30:17

I don't know a single Madeleline/Madeline but I know at least a dozen Madisons! Much prefer Madeline.

1944girl Sat 13-Oct-12 18:26:54

I had a great aunt whose name was Madelaine she always got called Lena.
My grandmother had a friend called Madelaine.Now this name has ''come back'' I love it even more.

We have one spelt Madeleine aged 3.6 and only ever get positive comments on it. We call her Maddie/Madeleine about 50/50 really. I really don't like Madison much and for that reason I usually call her by her full name when we're out and about! In our Yorkshire accent it's pronounced a bit more like Mad-uh-lin.

I also know a Maddalena which I think is really nice, but it would probably depend on your surname a bit more.

wizzler Sat 13-Oct-12 20:33:20

I have a Madeleine, aged 5 (and three quarters!) She is very rarely called anything but Madeleine. Occasionally Madsy

bigbluebump Sun 14-Oct-12 07:28:10

I prefer the sound of Madeleine to Madeline (mad-e-lyne).
But I really don't like the nickname Maddie - sounds like someone who is Mad!

ThursdayWillBeTheDay Mon 15-Oct-12 06:43:10

Madeleine is the polar opposite to Madison and is beautiful and classy.

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