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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • English : High tower
  • Hebrew : Woman from Magdala; variation of Magdalene
  • Greek : Child of light; from the high tower

What does Madeline mean and stand for?

The name Madeline is of Greek and English origin and means "high tower." It is the English variation of Magdalen, and sometimes can mean :woman from Magdala.

Syllables: 3

How Popular Is The Name Madeline

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According to Social Security Administration data, Madeline has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 100 since 2000. However, it has yet to break the top 50, coming close in 2008 when it reached its peak at 56.

However, it is the 20th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Madeline was at its peak popularity in September 2016.

Madeline has been a popular choice in literature, appearing in poems by Keats and Tennyson, Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby, and the much loved children's books of Ludwig Bemelmans, featuring the French schoolgirl Madeline. Notable namesakes include Madeline Bell, Madeline Carroll, Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, and Madeline Zima.

Where is it Popular?

Madeline was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Madeline

  • Deline
  • Lina
  • Maddie
  • Mads

Pairs well with these middle names


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