I think [name]Madelaine[/name]/[name]Madeleine[/name]/[name]Madeline[/name] is a pretty name, although it’s very popular at the moment.
It’s a tricky name when it comes to pronunciation, though.
[name]Madelaine[/name] is lovely, and I like the laine twist.
The French [name]Madeleine[/name], as far as I’ve always known, is actually pronounced mad-uh-lynn, while [name]Madeline[/name] is actually mad-uh-line (rhymes with wine). In the U.S., though, most people have it reversed, which makes it confusing.
I have a friend with a [name]Madeline[/name] (pronounced Mad-uh-line–rhymes with wine), and she hates it how people mispronounce her little girl’s name. She named her baby after [name]Madeline[/name], the children’s book, which is pronounced mad-uh-line.
If you’re going to call her [name]Maddie[/name], though, I don’t think [name]Madeleine[/name]'s pronunciation is as important as it would be if you were going to address her by her full name.
All of the variations (aside from [name]Madelyn[/name], I agree) are lovely!
[name]Amara[/name]'s not my style but I do see its appeal. I pronounce it as you do, [name]Ah[/name]-[name]MAR[/name]-uh.
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