A derivative of Magdelene, which means “high tower,” this name has roots in English, Hebrew, and Greek. There are endless alternative spellings to this name, including Madilyn, Madeleine, and Madelyn, with the Madeline spelling being most well known for a book series about a 7-year old girl attending boarding school in Paris.
Famous people named Madeline:
The subject of the well known book series Madeline; actress Madeleine Stowe; Madeleine Albright, the first woman to be named U.S. Secretary of State.
This name was hugely popular in the early 1900s and then peaked again a hundred years later at the turn of this century.