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Origin: France
Region Origin: Western Europe

Madeline is a feminine given name of Greek and Hebrew origin, meaning "high tower" or "woman from Magdala". The name has various spellings and pronunciations and is popular in different parts of the world, particularly in Europe and the United States. The origin of the name Madeline can be traced back to the Hebrew Bible, where Magdala is mentioned as a village near the Sea of Galilee, which is believed to be the birthplace of Saint Mary Magdala. The name is also derived from the root word "migdal," meaning "tower". In French, the name is spelled as "Madeleine" and is associated with the epithet "Magdalene," referring to the Biblical character Mary Magdalene, a central figure in the New Testament. The name has a secondary meaning from German, "little girl" (Mädelein).

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