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CruCru Mon 29-Apr-13 20:55:32

What do you think?

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

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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

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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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