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Origin: France
Region Origin: Western Europe

Madeleine is a feminine given name of Greek origin, found in English and French, and is a modern rendering of the Greek epithet Μαγδαληνὴ (Magdalene, "from Magdala"). The name has a dual meaning: "woman from Magdala" and "little girl" (Mädelein) in German. Magdala was a town in ancient Israel, and Mary Magdalene, a figure in the Christian Bible, was believed to have come from there. She was a disciple of Jesus and is considered a saint by Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Eastern Orthodox churches. The name Madeleine has its roots in the biblical character and female disciple Mary Magdalene, who traveled with Jesus and witnessed his crucifixion and resurrection. As a result, the name holds cultural and religious significance, particularly for followers of Christianity. The French version of the name, Madeleine, has been in use since biblical times and can be considered a traditional name.

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