woman from Magdala
This unusual spelling of Madeline is phonetically easier to say—there’s no question the last syllable is “lin,” not “line,” as the original name implies. As with the myriad versions of this name, Madilyn is tied to Mary Magdalene, a special follower of Jesus who, according to the New Testament, was the first person he appeared to after the resurrection. Magdalene, which is Latin, became Madeliene in France, then Madeline in England, then this Americanized version popular in the 1990s.
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