Advanced search

Think you've decided on a name? Check out where it ranks on the official list of the most popular baby names first.

How would you pronounce Madeline?

(30 Posts)
Donostia Sat 18-Feb-17 20:23:45

Spelt that way?

I much prefer that spelling as it seems to be the original English (Keats has it that way) and the books.

I'm not sure yet which pronunciation I prefer so thought I'd see what the majority would say on seeing the spelling. Thank you

Spendymcspendy Sat 18-Feb-17 20:25:12

Mad-eh-line, love the name!

RandomMess Sat 18-Feb-17 20:25:55

Mad a lin (not line)

321zerobaby Sat 18-Feb-17 20:26:03

I would pronounce it madda line.

jultomten Sat 18-Feb-17 20:26:14

Pretty, I would pronounce it like tin at the end.

user1471446433 Sat 18-Feb-17 20:26:18

Mad a Lyn (lovely name)

RuthB4 Sat 18-Feb-17 20:26:38

Mad-er-lyn smile

StarUtopia Sat 18-Feb-17 20:26:43

I'd still say Mad - de - lyn

But it's not supposed to be that is it?! Sorry. You will probably get a lifetime of incorrect pronunciation and the child correcting teachers and instructors.

IHaveBrilloHair Sat 18-Feb-17 20:30:24

I'm not sure what you'd do to get the 'line', pronunciation on the end, I also think it'll be shortened to Maddie.
Something to think about.

SuperBeagle Sat 18-Feb-17 20:30:37

Mad-eh-LINE to rhyme with wine/divine/etc.

As in the little red-headed French girl from the books, and the Madeline from the Keats poem.

blueskyinmarch Sat 18-Feb-17 20:33:05

Mad-el-ine (to rhyme with wine)

NuffSaidSam Sat 18-Feb-17 20:33:53


insomniaat4am Sat 18-Feb-17 20:49:05


llangennith Sat 18-Feb-17 20:50:01


CremeEggThief Sat 18-Feb-17 20:51:34

Madalyn, but if I knew she was French, Madaleen.

WyfOfBathe Sat 18-Feb-17 20:53:47


I think whatever spelling you use you will probably get a mix of pronunciations (lin, line, leen, len)

BettyOBarley Sat 18-Feb-17 20:59:07

Madder-lyn to rhyme with tin

mistyegg Sat 18-Feb-17 20:59:54

Agree with the poster above. Madeline is definitely the kind of name that will have people saying in different ways no matter which version you choose. So you could even alternate the pronunciation depending on your (and later on DD's) mood/inclination.

Donostia Sat 18-Feb-17 21:00:21

I live in Europe so we will always have pronunciation issues regardless.

I'm not a huge fan of Maddie but have accepted it. So annoying how we always tend to shorten lovely names. (Madeline is the only name that survives the mass vetoing of the lists as DH and I have such different tastes!) DS(3) loves it which is sweet.

I like both ways to pronounce it, and it's interesting it's quite 50/50 so far!

Donostia Sat 18-Feb-17 21:02:51

Lin (rather than Line) is winning having done a proper count!

The local version is Madalena/Maialen so she'd probably get "Len" here which is most similar to "Lin" so maybe I should go with Madda-Lin

KlingybunFistelvase Sat 18-Feb-17 21:03:28


Imaginingdragonsagain Sat 18-Feb-17 21:06:44


MaryWortleyMontagu Sat 18-Feb-17 21:09:22

Madeline = mad uh line
Madeleine = mad uh lin

Donostia Sat 18-Feb-17 21:10:38

Thank you. I think we'll go with Madder Lin but also enjoy it when people say it the Line/wine way!

RandomMess Sat 18-Feb-17 21:17:27

To me Madeleine is the more French pronunciation of

Mad a len (to rhyme with Ben)

Some of your local variations sound scrummy tbh!

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: