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Madeline or Madelyn?

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PizzaDel Tue 30-Aug-16 16:31:49

Hi, how would you spell this, we want it said Mad-eh-lyn? But would like to stay clear from Madeleine as it's not the English alternative, and I know my family would never spell it like this, if they were just told, so wonder about other people. Mumsnet seem to know and prefer 'original' spellings, but I'd like to use the English version smile however, would Madeline always get Mad-eh-line? Madelyn is very popular in the US, but not so much the UK, but would it make it easier?

JessieMcJessie Tue 30-Aug-16 16:34:52

Madeline looks like a typo/parent not knowing how to spell and Madelyn looks like an attempt at a Yoonique spelling.

Most people will have no problem spelling it Madeleine and saying "Made-Lin" as that is the accepted English pronounciation. I don't believe that there is an "English spelling".

PizzaDel Tue 30-Aug-16 16:36:16

There is

PizzaDel Tue 30-Aug-16 16:36:52

Also, Adeline is spelt like that...

JessieMcJessie Tue 30-Aug-16 16:38:29

People will all just call her Maddy anyway, whether you like it or not. I noticed that Madeleine McCann's parents never ever refer to her themselves as Maddy but the papers always insist on doing so.

meowli Tue 30-Aug-16 16:39:55

There is a Madeline who is a children's character.

PizzaDel Tue 30-Aug-16 16:40:09

I want to use Maddie as a NN

TheNaze73 Tue 30-Aug-16 16:40:27

Madeline would be the way I'd have it spelt & sounds like how you wished it pronounced.
If stear well clear of Madelyn, it's a bit like people called Nicola who call themselves Nikki, to sound exotic and yoonique like Jessie said

JessieMcJessie Tue 30-Aug-16 16:41:07

just because the name is sometimes spelled with that alternative doesn't make it the "the English spelling". It's just a spelling. My point is that many many English people who pronounce it madelyn will spell it Madeleine and will not be telling everyone that they deliberately chose "the French spelling".

NannyR Tue 30-Aug-16 16:41:44

Madeleine is the most used spelling, I think on hearing of a child called mad eh lyn, most people would automatically spell it madeleine, so you might find yourself correcting people a lot if you choose an alternative spelling.
I associate the madeline spelling with the book character and I think that is pronounced mad eh line.

JessieMcJessie Tue 30-Aug-16 16:42:10

The children's character is pronounced mad eh line I believe, think there was a film made of it?

PizzaDel Tue 30-Aug-16 16:42:14

Jessie, maybe it is areas, as I have asked many people, who didn't even realise it was Madeleine in France and they wouldn't spell it like that

PizzaDel Tue 30-Aug-16 16:43:29

Honestly, I just don't like the random e! If you look at other names Adeline, it isn't Adeleine?

PuppyMonkey Tue 30-Aug-16 16:44:37

You spell it Madeleine in English and French though. To me, it's like saying you don't want to call your son Paris, as that's the French spelling - you want to call hime Parriss.

(I have a Madeleine, can you tell? grin)

JessieMcJessie Tue 30-Aug-16 16:45:58

I'd pronounce Adeline "A de line" though, not "a de lyn"? Like in Bread and Guys and Dolls.

NannyR Tue 30-Aug-16 16:48:05

No, because you pronounce adeline add-a-line, not add-a-lyn.

PizzaDel Tue 30-Aug-16 16:50:22

But that's silly, as Madeleine then shouldn't be used as it isn't actually pronounced Mad-eh-lyn?

JessieMcJessie Tue 30-Aug-16 16:51:45

If you were to ask 100 people "how do you pronounce "Madeleine" as in Madeleine McCann, I am pretty sure that at least 75 of them would say "Mad eh lyn", including her own parents.

That1950sMum Tue 30-Aug-16 16:57:13

If you have to use one of your versions I prefer Madeline, but as far as I'm concerned the correct spelling is Madeleine. I'm not a fan of new fangled spellings for lovely, traditional names.

RiverTam Tue 30-Aug-16 16:57:14

Medeleine is just the right spelling, whether you're French or English. Adeline is pronounced add-eh-line so not the same anyway.

But if you want to do an alternate spelling I'd go for Madelyn, it looks quite nice and you'll get it pronounced how you want it to be.

Oh, and NNs are not inevitable.

BendydickCuminsnatch Tue 30-Aug-16 17:08:25

I can't help but read Madeline as 'made-line', but I know I'm probably in the minority! I like Madelyn too but again I'm in the minority as that's the 'American' way which is always a very poor choice according to MN grin

I would pronounce both Madeleine and Madeline as Mad-eh-line (as obviously it would never actually be 'made-line').

The thing is OP, however you spell it, people will pronounce it however you want it pronounced, you should only have to tell them once if they don't get it first time. It's really not hard to remember how a certain person's name is pronounced and people who continue to get it wrong MUST be doing it on purpose, I literally don't understand how it can be hard confused

PizzaDel Tue 30-Aug-16 17:12:17

But some people spell Adeline as Adelyn, so it has both pronunciations too

JessieMcJessie Tue 30-Aug-16 17:24:05

Never heard the name Adelyn in my life.

Dieu Tue 30-Aug-16 17:25:40

It can really only be Madeleine.

RiverTam Tue 30-Aug-16 17:43:08

Oh, I've never seen or heard to Adelyn. That sounds made up to me, which is fine, though it looks like it should be pronounced aid-lyn, don't know why.

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