As a Madeline, you are deeply caring about others and compassionate to others going through difficulties. You are a true humanitarian, ready and willing to fight injustice in all forms wherever it may lie. Your fondest ambition is to change the world for the better, and if you are able to do this (even in some small way), this is how you will find your bliss. You are emotional and strongly empathic, capable of feeling and sensing the emotions of others. This is a gift even more significant than being able to put yourself in someone else’s position. You, instead, fully sense the other’s feelings. (Of course, this is both a gift and something of a curse. If you are overly sensing and sympathetic to others feelings, you can easily be hurt.) For this reason, you can be easily disappointed by others who do not acknowledge or appreciate your help.
You are deeply idealistic, so sometimes it is hard for you embrace the practical and the mundane. You are very likeable, and others describe you as friendly and happy, even at those times when you really aren’t feeling all that happy on the inside. You are capable of great things. You want to change the world, and chances are you will!
Madeline is an English respelling of the French name Madeleine. Madeleine, in turn, is from the New Testament’s Mary Magdalene. Mary was called Mary Magdalene because she came from Magdala, which was a small village on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus cleaned Mary of evil spirits, and she then stayed with him throughout his ministry and was present at the crucifixion.
The name Madeline has been in use in Europe since the 17th century, remaining consistently popular since then. It has similarly been in popular use in the United States for well over 100 years. Madeline’s popularity waned between the 1960s and 1980s, but returned to popularity and its highest ranking ever in the mid-1990s, when it hit the Top 100 for the first time.
The literary Madeline is loved by children around the world. She is the Parisian Madeline of the book series “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans. Madeline is known for going walking with her eleven little-girl housemates in two straight lines. Real-life Madelines include actress Madeline Kahn, known for her roles in numerous Mel Brooks films, such as Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Another notable Madeline is Madeline Albright, US Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton.