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  • kimiha
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    i read in a post that this was someones kids name. i dont know how to pronounce it. i think this is the original spelling but you dont see it as often as madeline or madelyn. i pronounce both of these as mad-ah-lynn. but some people say madeline as mad-ah-line. however with madeleine, the middle e throws me. how do you say this and what reactions do you get to it?

    thanks.

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  • ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
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    Madeleine is the original French form of Madelyn, or Madeline. Madeleine, in French, is properly said like MAD-eh-len, or, more likely, MAD(eh)-len. More like two syllables, with a slight breath in between. I think it’s gorgeous–much more beautiful than Madelyn or Madeline (or all the other creative spellings!). I would love to meet a little Madeleine.

    And honestly, Madeline miffs me. Very, very, very rarely, in any language, does “ine” equal “in”. Everyone learns in first grade that the [vowel][consonant]e combination makes the “E” stay quiet and the vowel before it says it’s name. Why is Madeline any different? Besides, when it was created, it was for the Madeline books, so the traditional Madeleine could rhyme with all the other “ine” words. When did Mad-eh-line become Mad-eh-lyn? It totally goes against what the name was created for, and against linguistic standards. I don’t think it’s a bad name, but the conflict between pronunciation really gets to me.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I don’t know for sure but I think it’s a gorgeous name. :)

    (Ash: What about Caroline?)

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I should add, I know a couple girls with this name (this spelling) and they pronounce it with the “lyn” ending.

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I most often hear it as -lyn, but, like ashthedreamer said, the proper french way is like MAD-uh-lehn. Which is how I say it. But in America at least people are super good at pronouncing foreign names wrong and getting away with it….
    And to me, Madeline is ALWAYS -line, and Madelyn is -lynn, and when people pronounce the line one as -lynn it just sounds SO wrong. If you want Madelyn, spell it that way.

    TwoSapphires, how do you pronounce Caroline?? Because that one, unlike Madeline, I’ve only ever heard as care-oh-line, not care-oh-lynn. Carolyn seems so common on it’s own…

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