Madeleine is the French form of Magdalen, a Hebrew name meaning, "woman of Magdala." (Magdala being a village in Galilee whose name probably comes from a word meaning "tower.") It's popularity comes from the Bible's New Testament, where Mary of Magdalen(e) is a prominent figure. In French it is pronounced something like /mod LEHN/, but this spelling is often used in English, pronounced /MAD uh lin./.
See Also: Madeline, Madelyn, Madalyn, Madalynn, Madellyn

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