Maddie

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Diminutive of MADELINE or MADISON.

MADELINE   female   English, French
English form of MAGDALENE. This is the name of the heroine in a series of children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans, first published 1939.
MAGDALENE   female   German, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From a title which meant "of Magdala". Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament, was named thus because she was from Magdala - a village on the Sea of Galilee whose name meant "tower" in Hebrew. She was cleaned of evil spirits by Jesus and then remained with him during his ministry, witnessing the crucifixion and the resurrection. She was a popular saint in the Middle Ages, and the name became common then. In England it is traditionally rendered Madeline, while Magdalene or Magdalen is the learned form.
MADISON   female & male   English
From an English surname meaning "son of MAUD". It was not commonly used as a feminine name until after the movie 'Splash' (1984), in which the main character adopted it as her name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue in New York City. A famous bearer of the surname was James Madison (1751-1836), one of the authors of the American constitution who later served as president.
MAUD   female   English, Dutch
Usual medieval form of MATILDA. Though it became rare after the 14th century, it was revived and once more grew popular in the 19th century, perhaps due to Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem 'Maud' (1855).
MATILDA   female   English, Swedish, Finnish
From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle", from the elementsmaht "might, strength" and hild "battle". Saint Matilda was the wife of the 10th-century German king Henry I the Fowler. The name was common in many branches of European royalty in the Middle Ages. It was brought to England by the Normans, being borne by the wife of William the Conqueror himself. Another notable royal by this name was a 12th-century daughter of Henry I of England, known as the Empress Matilda because of her first marriage to the Holy Roman Emperor Henry V. She later invaded England, laying the foundations for the reign of her son Henry II.

The name was popular until the 15th century in England, usually in the vernacular form Maud. Both forms were revived by the 19th century. This name appears in the popular Australian folk song 'Waltzing Matilda', written in 1895.
FULL FORMS
ENGLISH: Madalyn, Maddison, Madelaine, Madeleine, Madelina, Madeline, Madelyn, Madilyn, Madison, Madisyn, Madlyn, Madoline, Madyson, Magdalen, Magdalena, Magdalene
EQUIVALENTS
AFRICAN AMERICAN: Shelena
BASQUE: Maialen
BIBLICAL GREEK: Magdalene
BIBLICAL LATIN: Magdalene
BIBLICAL: Magdalene
BULGARIAN: Magdalena, Magdalina
CROATIAN: Magda, Magdalena, Majda, Manda
CZECH: Alena, Lenka, Magda, Magdaléna, Magdalena
DANISH: Lena, Magda, Magdalena, Malene
DUTCH: Madelon, Magda, Magdalena
ENGLISH: Lena, Maddy
FINNISH: Leena, Magdalena, Malin, Matleena
FRENCH: Madeleine, Madeline, Magali, Magalie
GERMAN: Alena, Lena, Lene, Leni, Magda, Magdalena, Magdalene
HUNGARIAN: Duci, Magdaléna, Magdolna
IRISH: Madailéin
ITALIAN: Lena, Maddalena
MACEDONIAN: Magdalena
NORWEGIAN: Lena, Magda, Magdalena, Malene, Malin
OCCITAN: Magali, Magdalena
OLD CHURCH SLAVIC: Magdalina
POLISH: Lena, Magda, Magdalena
PORTUGUESE: Madalena, Magda
ROMANIAN: Mădălina, Magda, Magdalena
SERBIAN: Magdalena, Manda
SLOVAK: Alena, Lenka, Magdaléna
SLOVENE: Alena, Magdalena, Majda
SPANISH: Magdalena, Malena
SWEDISH: Lena, Madeleine, Magda, Magdalena, Malena, Malin
DIMINUTIVES AND SHORT FORMS
CROATIAN: Mandica
NORWEGIAN: Linn
SLOVENE: Alenka
SWEDISH: Linn
OTHER FORMS
ANCIENT GERMANIC: Mahthildis, Mathilda
CZECH: Mahulena, Malena, Matylda
DANISH: Mathilde, Tilde
DUTCH: Machteld, Mathilde, Maud, Mechteld, Til
ENGLISH: Mathilda, Matilda, Mattie, Maud, Maude, Maudie, Tilda, Tillie, Tilly
FINNISH: Matilda, Tilda
FRENCH: Mahaut, Mathilde
GERMAN: Mathilde, Mechthild, Mechtilde
HUNGARIAN: Matild
ITALIAN: Mafalda, Matilde
LIMBURGISH: Til
NORWEGIAN: Mathilde
POLISH: Matylda
PORTUGUESE: Mafalda, Matilde
SPANISH: Matilde
SWEDISH: Mathilda, Matilda, Tilda
WELSH: Mallt