(75 Posts)
CruCru Mon 29-Apr-13 20:55:32

What do you think?

It's a lovely name but I can't help thinking McCan as soon as I read it sad

suebfg Mon 29-Apr-13 20:59:43

The first thing that comes to mind is Madeleine McCann but I wouldn't let that put you off a name if you love it.

idiot55 Mon 29-Apr-13 20:59:54

yes Im the same.

CruCru Mon 29-Apr-13 20:59:58

Yes, I wondered about that. Do you think that will be most people's first thought?

chattychattyboomba Mon 29-Apr-13 21:00:29

Love it. DH wouldn't let me use it along with all the good names but i think it's a great name.

suebfg Mon 29-Apr-13 21:04:28

There is a Madeleine at my son's school and I don't think of Madeleine McCann when I see her/hear of her. I think it's just the name in isolation that makes me think of Madeleine McCann.

hackneyzoo Mon 29-Apr-13 21:14:58

I love the name, it was my Mum's name and DD1 has it as a middle name. I didn't really think about the Macann association until I saw it mentioned on here.

CockyFox Mon 29-Apr-13 21:19:20

I think it is a lovely name. I also think you can probably find a horrible connection for most names but once your child has that name people don't associate it with anything other than your child.

Elkieb Mon 29-Apr-13 21:19:28

I wouldn't, because of the association. I do live in Leicester and a colleague is close to the mccanns, so there are reminders of her everywhere. I work at the same hospital as her father so her face greats me most days.

katolla Mon 29-Apr-13 21:24:34

It's a lovely name, and her peer group won't know the association so by the time she's older it won't matter.

everlong Mon 29-Apr-13 21:26:59


What to an innocent little girl that disappeared.

I think it's a beautiful name and would use it.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 29-Apr-13 21:28:20

Pretty name, prefer it to Madison, not fond of nn Maddy.

Can see why people make the association with M McCann of course and respect other MNers' views.

To my mind she was a lovely innocent little girl, so if anything it should be honouring her and reclaiming the name, not letting the tragedy make us obliterate her name. Hope that doesn't offend.

everlong Mon 29-Apr-13 21:33:09

Good post donkey

Elkieb Mon 29-Apr-13 21:38:37

Donkey- I agree with your post on so many levels- I just personally would never name my child Madeleine. She should be honoured but until she is found the mystery will never be solved.

Thurlow Mon 29-Apr-13 21:46:59

I love it. Top of the list for any DD2. I agree with donkey about 'reclaiming' the name. If you do want to consider it in relation to the McCanns, they obviously thought it was beautiful name and I'm sure they would hate for it to not be used because of the association with their daughter.

(I actually find it very odd that people won't use names that are related to people who have been in the news for some sad or tragic reason. Fred and Rose are very popular now, aren't they?)

PoppyWearer Mon 29-Apr-13 21:52:48

What Donkeys said. Lovely name!

rachel234 Mon 29-Apr-13 22:16:34

Madeleine, pronounced the French way, is lovely.

Maddie, in English, sounds harsh and like a nickname for someone Mad!

Kelly1992 Tue 30-Apr-13 10:42:01

I also thought Madeleine McCann.

I love Madelyn or Madalyn - Me personally.

everlong Tue 30-Apr-13 11:08:28

Madelyn and Madalyn look made up to me.

parabelle Tue 30-Apr-13 11:18:41

Beautiful name - I have one.

MrsBodger Tue 30-Apr-13 11:22:45

One of mine is a Madeleine (same age as Madeleine McCann) and I know quite a few others - I don't think anyone makes a particular association. Problems with the name are everyone spells it differently (Madeleine, Madeline, Madelaine) and the inevitable 'mad' jokes. But I think it's a beautiful name and I'm really glad we gave it to her.

wigglesrock Tue 30-Apr-13 12:35:20

I think its a beautiful name, it floated about for my dds although was never used. There are connotations to all names, Ben is a very widely used name.

toffeelolly Tue 30-Apr-13 13:02:39

Love this name, it was my grandmother's name and was going to be my dd's name but my brother beat me to it. Love it.

ShadowStorm Tue 30-Apr-13 22:20:16

I love this name.

I wouldn't be put off by the McCann connection - as others say, there are connotations to just about every name.

MyTushTingles Tue 30-Apr-13 23:10:47

First thought is Madeleine McCann, so sad. It's a beautiful name but I couldn't use it because of that.

Gomez Tue 30-Apr-13 23:13:52

I have a Madeline. Or Maddie the Baddie when appropriate grin.

Heart7 Wed 01-May-13 08:04:26

I adore madeleine but McCann does spring to mind and it is such a sad story. I also really dislike 'maddy', or' 'mads' which I think she would inevitably become at school. I am pg at the moment and am planning on using it as a middle name if my baby is a girl. I kind of think if you have reservations about the name for whatever reason then it's best not to go with it.

TotesAmazeGoats Wed 01-May-13 11:23:49

I love the name. It was first choice for DD, (who at the last minute was named to honour a family member after a sudden loss). I would definitely use it for a future DD2 should she come along. I used to worry about the McCann connection, but others didn't and at the end of the day, that little girl did nothing wrong. I agree with thurlow, people wouldn't look twice at a little Fred or Rose now!

Go for it OP, I just picture a lovely little French girl (think petite filous advert!)

sonnieboo Wed 01-May-13 11:25:21

I really don't like the short form Maddie - sounds like Mad and quite harsh. The full name, Madeleine, is pretty though, especially with a French pronuncation (emphasis on the -eine).

NotTreadingGrapes Wed 01-May-13 11:26:30

I really don't get the whole "couldn't use it because of McCann" unless you happen to be Kate McCann's best friend or relative or something.

Smacks of whackjob grief haggery to me. Not even Kate and Gerry themselves would have an issue with someone using the name Madeleine I bet.

It's a lovely name, OP, classy and timeless. smile

bigbluebump Wed 01-May-13 11:28:49

I like Madeleine but agree that Maddie isn't the most elegant nickname and is open to Mad jokes. But I agree that the McCann connection shouldn't put you off if you love the name.

CruCru Wed 01-May-13 11:38:14

I like it a lot and it is one of the few names I've come up with that DH hasn't hated.

NinaPatel70 Wed 01-May-13 11:40:37

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evamummy Wed 01-May-13 11:43:05

I too think Madeleine McCann.... hadn't really thought about the Mad in Maddie but do now!

everlong Wed 01-May-13 11:48:07

'I blame the parents'

What for?

everlong Wed 01-May-13 11:53:21

I cannot comprehend the fuckwittedness of some people.

It's not the name of a child murderer or some such heinous crime.

It's the name of a little girl who was taken.

How can you even think there is some terrible connotation.

We seriously considered it for dd2 and I asked the same question here. Consensus was lovely name, use it. Which it is. Rather sorry we didn't sometimes.

isitsnowingyet Wed 01-May-13 12:16:34

Love it smile

Elkieb Wed 01-May-13 12:57:09

Apologies if you think I am a fuckwit but asking a large group of people what they think and then getting upset about it is an act of fuckwittedness all in its own right. Do get over yourself.

MiaowTheCat Wed 01-May-13 13:06:39

I love it - the thing that put me off it wasn't the McCann connection (that will fade over time anyway and I doubt there are many names out there that haven't got some association with them - plus I think marking a name out as some kind of "forbidden" or "tainted" name is unfair on other kids in a similar cohort who already HAVE that name)... it was the spelling of it - I could just see it being one that was constantly being misspelt and annoying to grow up with because of that.

flakjacket Wed 01-May-13 13:11:07

Great name. I have one too! Funnily enough she's nearly exactly the same age as Madeleine McCann and whilst it was a bit freaky (I felt like a kidnapper) calling her in public (she too is blond and had a similar haircut!) for a while, that has long since worn off. Nobody I know has ever said they associate the name.

everlong Wed 01-May-13 13:21:27

I don't care whether people like the name or not. We all have different taste etc.
But to oppose to a name because a child with that name disappeared is just plain stupid. It makes no sense.

Madeleine Mcann was an innocent little girl with a beautiful name.

everlong Wed 01-May-13 13:22:43

Oh and I didn't ask what people think.

suebfg Wed 01-May-13 13:50:58

"But to oppose to a name because a child with that name disappeared is just plain stupid"

I'm not opposed to the name but I personally wouldn't choose that name for my child because the first thing I think of is what happened to Madeleine McCann. So why choose a name with connotations when I could choose a name that has no connotations at all.

lljkk Wed 01-May-13 14:05:33

I know several (at least 3) under 10, it's just an ordinary name to me. No more tainted than Jessica, Holly, Ian, Mary, James, Thomas or Robert.

MyTushTingles Wed 01-May-13 14:12:54

Just what suebfg said. I think calling people fuckwits about this is totally unnecessary.

Still18atheart Wed 01-May-13 14:14:14

I really like it.

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Wed 01-May-13 15:23:37

My little sister (age 9) is a Madeleine. I do like it. She gets Mads a bit, but not exclusively. Spelling is a bit of a pest but no more so than a lot of names.


CheeseStrawWars Wed 01-May-13 15:36:42

My first association is with the cakes! But I think it is a lovely name.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 01-May-13 20:46:39

Cakes! do you know I'd forgotten those.

My DD has a name I honestly thought was straightforward to spell - sorry won't out her - but nope, she does get some howlers, hey ho.

I wasn't keen on Mads as a nn until I saw Mads Mikkelsen Danish actor on tv now really not an issue for me <shallow emoticon>.

ShadowStorm Wed 01-May-13 21:08:54

DH loves the cakes. It makes him very sad that they're so hard to find these days.

MumOfTheMoos Wed 01-May-13 21:11:27

Love it grin

Mariannesmum Fri 03-May-13 19:11:46

Love it. Such an elegant, beautiful name that suits a child and a grown up.

As an alternative, have you considered Marianne? I think it is in a similar vein...

(Disclaimer - I may be biased)

1944girl Fri 03-May-13 19:30:12

I love the name.
One of my great aunts was called Madelaine but was known as Lena.
My grandmother had a friend called Madelaine she always got called the full version.
So it has been around for a long time.

CruCru Fri 03-May-13 19:48:55

Yep, Marianne is also on our list. Only trouble is there was one at school who I didn't like much. It doesn't seem as controversial as Madeleine seems to be among people I know.

BreasticlesNTesticles Fri 03-May-13 20:00:25

I love it, I don't get the association thing - but I have a Claudia which many people on here wouldn't have as it "means" lame or crippled.

Oh and I like Cassandra.

Clearly meanings and associations of names mean stuff all to me grin

I am thinking of Madeleine for dc3, also like Josephine, Alice and Hermione

plummyjam Fri 03-May-13 21:26:54

Madeleine is a lovely name. Have you thought about Mireille? Pronounced Me-ray I think it is a beautiful and uncommon (at least in the UK) French name.

Mariannesmum Sat 04-May-13 06:55:47

I think if you love Madeleine you should go for it. The name will be your daughter's, no one else's. She will make it her own. Am sounding a bit like Simon Cowell now...

mathanxiety Sun 05-May-13 06:49:43

You can't predict what name will be associated with the next tragedy. If you like Madeleine then use it. How would you feel if you were to name your child 'Anything other than Madeleine', only to find the next tragic case involved a child with the name you had used?

CruCru Sun 05-May-13 22:30:23

Thanks, that is a good point.

trixymalixy Sun 05-May-13 22:34:26

My DD is Madeline after DH's gran. I love it.

DessieLou Mon 06-May-13 05:43:02

I have a Madeleine. Most people comment on what a lovely name it is. No one in real life has said anything about Madeleine McCann but I'm sure a few may think it. People you know will soon come to associate the name with your dd rather than the poor McCann girl.

Kaekae Mon 06-May-13 11:38:04

I would not let the McCann association put me off at all. This name was on my sisters SL almost four years ago and she did wonder whether it was a good idea or not, but she had a boy anyway. I know someone who has just had a little baby Madeleine. It is a lovely name and should start being used again.

KittenofDoom Mon 06-May-13 15:53:06

Madeleine is a lovely name and I wouldn't avoid it because of the McCs.

I also like the English spelling Madeline which can be pronounced to rhyme with wine, as in the Keats poem 'The Eve of St Agnes'.

CruCru Sun 09-Jun-13 14:57:27

I think this has become closer to one of my favourite names. Plus I've just found out there's a Princess Madeleine of Sweden.

How would you spell it?

Madeleine (I think this one)

miffybun73 Sun 09-Jun-13 14:59:07

Lovely name, but I immediately think McCann, not a good association.

MrsBungle Sun 09-Jun-13 15:02:34

Beautiful name. Makes me think of my friends two year old. I also like marianne. I don't like Maddie though.

prolificnamechanger Sun 09-Jun-13 16:22:10

I would spell it the first way. I met a lovely little Madeleine recently and know a very sophisticated grown up one. I think it is a timeless, ageless name. Really beautiful. Don't mind the nickname Maddie but Lainey could be an alternative?

FetaCheeny Sun 09-Jun-13 16:29:54

Beautiful name, the Mcann situation wouldn't put me off.

MatersMate Sun 09-Jun-13 16:39:12

No, I think in RL no one would think of mcann.

It's a beautiful name smile

Heart7 Mon 10-Jun-13 18:32:41

Beautiful name smile

bananaramma Mon 10-Jun-13 21:58:17

I like Madeleine pronounced the French way, emphasising the last syllable, -eine. I dislike the MAD sound and really dislike Maddie as a nickname, sounds like someone very mad grin.

Thurlow Tue 11-Jun-13 14:25:08


EuphemiaLennox Tue 11-Jun-13 14:35:36

It's a beautiful name.

I know one teenage Madeleine, I associate the name with her not the McCanna little girl. .

If you used the name you and your family and friends would associate it with your daughter and these associations distant to you would be forgotten.

Alternatives to consider:

Miranda - I love this.

Adelaide - has a similar feel to Madeleine.

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