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So tell me about Madeleine...

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GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 19-Sep-11 12:34:59

I know there are threads on this already but I want up to date opinions please smile

So, being on the verge of throttling DH (who the hell decided it was a good idea to give men a say in what their children were called ffs? wink), we are debating Madeleine.

We like the name a lot, it goes with middle and surname, neither of us think it has any bad associations. After all, you could rule out thousands of names if you took any notice of bad things that had happened to people.

But, I've mentioned it in passing to 3 or 4 people and every one of them has gone "ooh, not sure, reminds me of..."

They're mad aren't they? Most normal people won't think this, will they?

Ebb Mon 19-Sep-11 12:40:19

I love the name Madeleine and the nn Maddy. You could probably associate most names with something bad. People will always have an opinion if you tell them before you've had the baby. Once you've had the baby and tell people the name, only very rude people would comment negatively.

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 19-Sep-11 12:44:27

I know, that is the downside. The only reason I'm mentioning it to the people in question is that they have children at the local schools so I'm angling for info on how popular the names are in the local area! It was one of about 6 names I mentioned.

And my mother who is as mad as a bicycle anyway smile

Tillyscoutsmum Mon 19-Sep-11 12:46:42

I love the name. We were torn between Madeleine and Matilda for dd. We went with the latter and I am glad we did because she was born the day before MM went missing sad. I think at that time, it really would have been the only association people would have made with the name.

I personally think enough time has passed now - obviously people haven't forgotten but it is long enough for it not to be the automatic association (particularly after your dd is here iyswim ?)

duchesse Mon 19-Sep-11 12:48:56

We called 2yo DD3 Madeleine and I'm seriously wishing we hadn't (Madeleine McGann effect and "Maddie" which makes my teeth itch) Thinking of swapping her names over. I never expected people to keep banging on about Madeleine Mcgann. We always loved the name but have gone right off over the last 2 years.

Rhubarbgarden Mon 19-Sep-11 12:50:30

It's a name that makes me feel sad. Sorry.

anewmotivatedme Mon 19-Sep-11 12:51:02

I love the name. I must admit the first thing that comes into my mind is MM though. However, there are lots of names with associations, and once you meet the person it is their name, rather than any association. If that makes sense.

PuppyMonkey Mon 19-Sep-11 12:52:53

I have a nearly 15 year old called Madeleine, known to all as Maddie. Maybe a bit different for us as we had her years before THAT Madeleine, but no-one has ever mentioned it to us in all these years. And if they did, so what? We like the name.

I named her in honour of Moonlighting btw.grin

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 19-Sep-11 12:55:45

Ha ha! My dd would be named in honour of Maddie Hayes as well blush grin although I have a feeling she was a Madelyn... Maybe that's why I don't have the same feeling about it, too busy thinking of Bruce Willis and colour co-ordinated suits and shoes smile

duchesse it really bothers you to such an extent that you're thinking of changing it? That's really sad. Obviously it is still out there then if you feel so strongly about it.

hugebluebump Mon 19-Sep-11 13:00:08

Madeleine is nice.

But Maddy = someone who is Mad. That is all I can think of when I hear MAD-ie, sorry.

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 19-Sep-11 13:04:08

That doesn't bother me, I like Maddie as a nn.

PippiLongBottom Mon 19-Sep-11 13:07:42

My Madeleine is 9.6 and, yes, all people associate the name with is Madeleine McCann. DD isn't remotely bothered by this though. We all hate the nickname Maddie. She prefers Mads. I am one of those mothers who insists on her full name at all times.

notsofastmrbond Mon 19-Sep-11 13:12:39

Absolutely love it. One of my DD's has it as a middle name. The other DD is called Eloise, if you're into french names.

BuntyPenfold Mon 19-Sep-11 13:13:57

It's my favourite name, but I have heard 'Oh, it's unlucky now.' ffs
Madeleine McCann was unlucky, not her name.
I think a lot of people are, frankly, ridiculous. A tragedy may happen tomorrow to a child of any name; how can we tell?

notsofastmrbond Mon 19-Sep-11 13:14:45

Strange that people say that about that name. It's not like people have been put off using Millie, Holly and Jessica.

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 19-Sep-11 13:16:35

Oh dear, this isn't turning out as positive as I'd hoped. I thought no one seriously would mention it in relation to Madeleines they come across in the street.

BuntyPenfold Mon 19-Sep-11 13:16:57

That's true mrbond
I wonder why?

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 19-Sep-11 13:17:37

See, Bunty's and mrbond's were the responses I expected if I'm honest.

PuppyMonkey Mon 19-Sep-11 13:21:28

Unlucky name ffs, people are knob ends aren't they?grinhmm

still, it means it'll never be a common name. So whatevers.

TrillianAstra Mon 19-Sep-11 13:23:29

I thought no one seriously would mention it in relation to Madeleines they come across in the street.

I should hope not.

Who exactly would, on being told the name of someone's new baby, think it appropriate to bring up a kidnapping case?

Ebb Mon 19-Sep-11 13:35:55

I think no-one says the same about names like Holly, Jessica etc as we're know they're dead. With Maddy we don't know for certain and I think people will always hope that oneday she'll be found. I think it would be much harder having had a dd named Madeleine who was the same age as MM. Your DD will be 7/8yrs younger than MM so there should no association really.

ragged Mon 19-Sep-11 13:38:38

It's a nice name, she will make it her own.
Now you try Diana, THAT'S a tainted name...

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 19-Sep-11 13:40:55

And our surname begins with an M smile Just realised that when you wrote MM

It is the best option we've got that we both agree on. Everything else is his choice or my choice and the other one hates them. I don't want to write it off for a silly reason.

pinkthechaffinch Mon 19-Sep-11 13:41:30

My sister has just named her new baby Rose,despite me unhelpfully reminding her about Fred West's wife-I'd go for it.

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 19-Sep-11 13:41:33

Diana? Hmmm...Diana.... <ponders>


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