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sebsmama Sat 20-Aug-11 16:48:35

I am thinking of this name for hypothetical future dd. only idly. I love the sound of it and the nn Maggie. But is it a bit out there? Is there a connotation with the magdalene laundries?

SaulGood Sat 20-Aug-11 16:51:39

Bit maudlin for my liking.

<laughs at own joke>

sebsmama Sat 20-Aug-11 17:03:09

See and I did wonder if it should be pronounced maudlin like the college, but surely that's without the e....

MelinaM Sat 20-Aug-11 17:04:52

...as in Mary? I don't like it I'm afraid, I do quite like Magdalena though!

GetOrfMoiCarbsClaire Sat 20-Aug-11 17:04:54

I wouldn't know how to pronounce it, would it be maudlin, mag-da-lin, mag-da-lay-na or ma-da-lay-na

GetOrfMoiCarbsClaire Sat 20-Aug-11 17:05:33

I would prefer Madalena

deemented Sat 20-Aug-11 17:09:38

My first thought was the laundries/nuns.

Bandwithering Sat 20-Aug-11 17:12:13

My first thought was the launderies to be honest.

Magda doesn't make me think of the launderies though

sebsmama Sat 20-Aug-11 17:15:47

Quite like Magda actually it I don't think it goes with our surname. Love Margot also but I'm not sure if people will mispronounce it. Don't really like Madeleine, Maddy etc

CurwySwide Sat 20-Aug-11 17:26:29

Margot is lovely; not sure about Magdalene though, sorry.

MonsterBookOfTysons Sat 20-Aug-11 17:29:43

My thought was also the laundries.
I like Magdalena aswell though.

wigglesrock Sat 20-Aug-11 19:08:19

My first thought was in Mary. Much prefer Magdalena to Margot (but that may just be because I'm old enough to remember The Good Life.)

Papyrus Sat 20-Aug-11 19:19:18

I agree its too closely linked with the Magdalene sisters. My DD1's middle name is actually Magdalene, after DH's lovely Great Aunt; but I don't think I could use it as a first name.

PercyFilth Sat 20-Aug-11 20:32:54

Interestingly the Oxford college is (as you all know) pronounced Maud-lin, but a mile or so away is Magdalen Road, pronounced Mag-da-len.

You could of course go with Madeleine, or even Madeline pronounced as in "The Eve of St Agnes" to rhyme with 'divine'.

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