Madeira is a placename that has been reimagined as a girl's given name in a nod to the stunning island in the Atlantic near Morocco. Though it sits off the coast of Africa, Madeira was named by Portuguese explorers who discovered it in 1419 and subsequently colonized the island in 1420. They named it Madeira, meaning "wood," due to the abundant trees and woodlands found there. This uncommon name will appeal to nature lovers, travel enthusiasts, and fans of Madeira's famous dessert wine. Madeira also has the lovely benefit of sounding like "my dear," so you can express your love for baby every time you call her name!
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