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Madeleine or Penelope?

(26 Posts)
BlueEyes2017 Mon 19-Jun-17 15:00:14

Thanks smile

Foureyesarebetterthantwo Mon 19-Jun-17 15:03:03

Both nice names, some people will think the name 'Madeleine' or 'Maddie' is too much associated with the McCanns, but I think it's a lovely name and for me this wouldn't be an issue- any more than Holly and Jessica (my child's best friends' names) is an issue.

I couldn't think how Penelope was said as a child, I knew the name from a book and though it was said Pen-elowp. Only found out as an adult. But not everyone is as dozy as me!

PersianCatLady Mon 19-Jun-17 15:09:03

Both nice names, some people will think the name 'Madeleine' or 'Maddie' is too much associated with the McCanns
I absolutely agree with that.

BlueEyes2017 Mon 19-Jun-17 15:12:13

Why is Madeleine McCann an issue? Lots of children have the same names as child victims.

PersianCatLady Mon 19-Jun-17 15:18:57

Why is Madeleine McCann an issue? Lots of children have the same names as child victims
Yes they do but for some reason I just feel that I would not want to give my DD the same name as Madeleine McCann.

I am not sure why I feel like that but I do.

OwlsinTowls Mon 19-Jun-17 15:21:56

I prefer Penelope, nn Penny.

Donostia Mon 19-Jun-17 15:58:35

Both on my list! Due Saturday. I'm going for Madeline but choosing the English spelling over the French (as in Keats and Tennyson) I think...

Since choosing the name though I've noticed the name Madeleine/Maddie/Madeline pop up LOADS in the baby names board, is it about to skyrocket in terms of popularity? As its way down (where I like it!) at the moment.

Donostia Mon 19-Jun-17 15:59:55

A few people from the older generation have mentioned the McCann link to me, which is partially why I'm going for the English spelling too. But you're totally right OP, there are plenty of Hollys, Jessicas, Sarahs, Millies etc (the list is too horribly long...)

LadyMonicaBaddingham Mon 19-Jun-17 16:05:59

Penelope is gorgeous, I would have liked that, but two sons and a comedy surname made it impossible...

Reow Mon 19-Jun-17 16:06:49

Penelope, nn Penny.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 19-Jun-17 16:07:39


Yogagirl123 Mon 19-Jun-17 16:20:02

Madeleine is a gorgeous name, not so keen on Penelope if I am honest, Matilda is lovely too in my opinion.

FfionFlorist Mon 19-Jun-17 16:24:55

Both good names but think I prefer Madeleine because Penny is a bit plain without being classic.

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TheNumberfaker Mon 19-Jun-17 16:47:55


MidnightSheep Mon 19-Jun-17 16:49:02

Definitely Penelope, nn Nellie smile

Pemba Mon 19-Jun-17 16:52:23

Madeleine is lovely. Never been that keen on Penelope really, although it's obviously classic, just don't like the sound.

grufallosfriend Mon 19-Jun-17 16:57:04

Penelope. Definitely.

harderandharder2breathe Mon 19-Jun-17 17:16:34


SuperBeagle Mon 19-Jun-17 20:40:59

Depends if you prefer Maddy or Penny because they are the default shortening.

I love Madeleine but don't like Maddy.
I like Penelope but don't like Penny.
That's the reason I didn't use either name myself

NavyandWhite Mon 19-Jun-17 21:37:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Lemondrop99 Mon 19-Jun-17 22:54:31

Both Madeleine and Penelope were on my girls list, with Madeleine being right at the top.

I love the shortening Penny, but I'm not keen on Maddy which might have ultimately put me off Madeleine (if I was having a girl)

Both are great. I think Penelope is used less which might be nice.

Sophronia Mon 19-Jun-17 23:17:21

Penelope as I don't like Maddie

KoalaDownUnder Tue 20-Jun-17 04:05:53

Madeleine. Beautiful.

I've never liked Penelope. Too many p sounds, and Penny is frumpy.

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