Girl Baby Name

Magdalena

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Quick Facts on Magdalena

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • German, Nordic, Polish, Slavic, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
mag-de-LEEN-ah
Simple meaning:
Mary Magdalene, Tower

Characteristics of Magdalena

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Magdalena

Magdalena is the German, Spanish, Slavic and Nordic version of Magdalene, the Biblical Latin form of Mary Magdalene. Magdalene means quite simply “of Magdala”. Mary Magdalene is one of the more well-known female characters in the New Testament, and so called Magdalene because she was from Magdala, a village on the Sea of Galilee (Magdala comes from a Hebrew word meaning “tower”). In Luke 8:2 she was one of the women who had been “healed of evil spirits and infirmities”. Post-resurrection, Mary Magdalene is the first person to whom Jesus appeared. That Jesus would first appear to a woman is a notable event indeed! It underscores the importance of women to his ministry. Mary Magdalene became a popular saint in medieval times and so her name became quite common by the 1600s. Magdalene became Madeleine in France and the French helped popularize the name in England (where it’s traditionally spelled Madeline). Today Magdalena is quite cosmopolitan, found on the charts of Austria, Germany, Poland, Chile, Croatia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Maggie, Magda, Alena and Lena are all possible nicknames.

Popularity of the Name Magdalena

Magdalena is basically the Hispanic-American version of Madeline. It’s a name that celebrates the Biblical character of Mary Magdalene. Because Magdalena has mainly been restricted to Spanish, German, Slavic and/or Scandinavian-Americans, it has never achieved enormous success in the United States. Yet there’s something very European and cosmopolitan about this name despite its deeply religious significance. The name lost its position on America’s Top 1000 list in 2010 and is only given to a little more than 200 babies per year at this point. It’s a beautiful four-syllable name and one with plenty of pet form possibilities.
Popularity of the Girl Name Magdalena
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Magdalena

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Magdalena

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Magdalena

    Magdalena We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Magdalena.

  • Popular Songs on Magdalena

    Popular Songs on Magdalena

    Magalenha - a song by Sergio Mendes

    Magdalena - a song by Donny Hathaway

    Magdalena - a song by Brandon Flowers

    Magdalena - a song by Willie Nile

    Magdalena - a song by Danny O'Keefe

    Magdalena - a song by A Perfect Circle

    Magdalena - a song by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

    Magdalena - a song by David Gray

    Magdalena - a song by dEUS

    Magdalena - a song by Lenny Kravitz

    Magdalena - a song by Leo Sayer

    Magdalena Mi Amor! - a samba song by Dig

    Maria Magdalena - a song by Sandra

    Sweet Magdalena of My Misfortune - a song by Cracker

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Magdalena

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Magdalena

    Marisol and Magdalena (Veronica Chambers) - Marisol and Magdalena are mejores amigas - best friends - who live in Brooklyn. They have grown up with their extended families, a group of colorful, eccentric relatives who are forever trying to reach the girls the ways of Panama, their native land. For Marisol, a Latinegra - a black and a Latina - child, life is especially challenging as she tries to balance several heritages. When Marisol's mother sends her to live in Panama with her abuela, the move puts Marisol's American values to the test, and also tests her friendship with Magdalena. But going to Panama also presents an opportunity for Marisol to search for her father, Lucho, a man she has never met. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Magdalena

    Famous People Named Magdalena

    Famous People Named Magdalena - Magdalena Maleeva (Bulgarian tennis player); Magdaléna Rybáriková (Slovakian tennis player); Magdalena Neuner (German Olympic biathlete); Magdalena Abakanowicz (Polish artist); Magdalena Rivas (contestant on America's Next Top Model); Marie Magdalena (birth name of Marlene Dietrich which she used to create Marlene)

  • Children of Famous People Named Magdalena

    Children of Famous People Named Magdalena

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Magdalena - Martin Luther (religious leader)

  • Historic Figures

    Magdalena - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Mary Magdalena (1st Century BC – 1st Century AD) - Mary Magdalene (Maria Magdalena) has the distinction of being the second-most well-known woman in the New Testament, after, of course, Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. She is honored as a saint by many Christian denominations. Because of the proliferation of the use of the name “Mary” in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene got the probably erroneous reputation early on of being a “bad” girl. This portrayal was furthered by early church fathers and emphasized by religious art over the centuries. There is, in fact, no evidence to associate her with the woman Mary who was the acknowledged sinner, but the confusion took hold and actually seems to have imbued her with a certain sympathetic identity. Who needs another saint, anyway? In the Gospels, Mary Magdalene is credited with three pretty big events: she witnesses the crucifixion of Jesus, his burial, and then the empty tomb from which Jesus rose after three days. These are solemn occasions, and they are unconnected to the stories of the woman from whom seven demons were exorcised, the woman who anointed the feet of Jesus, or the woman who dried her own tears with her sensuous long red hair. Contemporary Gnostic accounts go so far as to depict her as Jesus’ most beloved apostle who is called upon to spread his word, thus sparking an outrage of jealousy from the Apostles, particularly Peter. Who knows where legend ends and lies begin? Whatever her own truth, Mary Magdalene lives on today in a special aura, and we welcome the solicitude of one who was, perhaps, just like the rest of us – flawed and yet - ever striving.

Personality of the Girl Name Magdalena

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Magdalena

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