Magdalena? too long?

[name]Hi[/name] everyone, I’m absolutly in love with the name [name]Magdalena[/name] and it has a very important meaning in our family, however im really fearing is it too long? Because im not really loving any of the nicknames, but could you imagine having a girl named [name]Magdalena[/name] in your class, would it be annoying to call her?? If she was in your class what would you end up calling her…
[name]Magdalena[/name] or a nickname such as [name]Maggie[/name], [name]Lena[/name], or [name]Magda[/name]? any other nicknames you can think of?

Thank you so much!!

I’ve had [name]Thalia[/name] (prn the Spanish way – Ta-lee-ah), Casilda, [name]Romilda[/name], etc. I could cope with [name]Magdalena[/name], which I think is lovely. (Although it does remind me of Rigoletto, not a bad association lol.) I love [name]Lena[/name] but [name]Magda[/name] works too.

I think it’s beautiful, I definitely don’t think you should avoid it just because it’s long. [name]Just[/name] be aware that most people will shorten it in school, so you might have to put up with other people calling her nicknames you don’t like. A way to avoid this would be finding one you don’t hate, and occasionally using that.

Some off the top of my head:

I’d probably go for [name]Lena[/name] or [name]May[/name], [name]Maggie[/name] is pretty cute too though.

I don’t think it’s too long. I know plenty of Elizabeths who go by their full name, and it’s the same length.

I know a little [name]MAgdalena[/name] that goes by [name]Maggie[/name]

I might be tempted to call her Magpie :slight_smile:
Other than that I really like [name]Lena[/name] and [name]Maggie[/name], and I like the idea of Lady, even though I like it better for [name]Adelaide[/name].

im so glad to hear positive reactions to magdalena! and i agree i think maggie and lena are adorable, however i already know two people with those names, and i would always think of them, but @genevie you have a lot of good options, and i kind of like Lady or Dallie is pretty adorable

It is a guarantee that folks will at some point(s) in her life call her [name]Maggie[/name], which may stick or may not.

If you absolutely abhor [name]Maggie[/name] then I would avoid [name]Magdalena[/name] since it would become a long struggle against it. But otherwise don’t avoid a beautiful and meaningful name for you because it is too long (too long for what?). The poster mentioning [name]Elizabeth[/name] makes a great point.

And if you want to avoid the whole [name]Maggie[/name] issue entirely then just call her [name]Magdalena[/name] and right away “shorten” it to [name]Lena[/name]. [name]Don[/name]'t most school forms have a spot where you can list a nickname the child goes by different from their formal name?

I absolutely adore [name]Magdalena[/name]! If I used it, I would most definitely use the nn [name]Magda[/name], which I adore. :slight_smile: I think [name]Maggie[/name] and [name]Lena[/name] are sweet, as well. The only other nn I can think of is maybe [name]Dolly[/name]. Or [name]Alena[/name]/[name]Elena[/name]… Or even [name]Lainey[/name] (how do you say [name]Magdalena[/name]? Is the ending a [name]LEE[/name]-nah or [name]LAY[/name]-nah sound?). I say it the [name]LAY[/name]-nah way, so that would work for the [name]Elena[/name] and [name]Lainey[/name] nicknames…

I do think it’s a bit of a mouthful, but then again, I have names on my list with just as many syllables ([name]Liliana[/name], [name]Olivia[/name]), and some with almost as many ([name]Isabelle[/name], [name]Arianne[/name], [name]Anneliese[/name], [name]Eleni[/name], etc.), but I have nicknames I would use for all of those names. So I don’t know. I think it’s a personal call.

Good luck!

I love [name]Magdalena[/name] - beautiful choice and definitely not too long.

The name [name]Magdalena[/name] made it stateside in the 80s when there were several professional women tennis players from Bulgaria named [name]Magdalena[/name]. Americans had trouble with the length of the names, so they were known as either [name]Maggie[/name] or [name]Lena[/name]

I would probably be tempted to call her [name]Maggie[/name]. I think it might be a tad long for calling out all day but not too long as a name. [name]Do[/name] you not want a nickname? I have a long foreign name and everybody uses it in full form. It doesn’t have to be shortened but if you do like some of the nicknames (several of which I think are lovely) then the length of [name]Magdalena[/name] shouldn’t bother you in the slightest.

I love Magdalena, One of my ex co-workers has the most gorgeous granddaughter called Magdalena who goes by the nn [name]Lena[/name] (LAY-nah).

I don’t think it’s too long. I like it. I like [name]Lena[/name] or “[name]Madge[/name]” as nicknames.

There was a hit rock/pop song in Latin [name]America[/name] in the 1990s by this name : D. I love this name (family meaning too) and think people could adjust to it. Honestly it’s more of a stretch but (sorry if repeated) I’d think you could break out some of the [name]Mary[/name] and [name]Margaret[/name] nn’s too like [name]Mae[/name]/[name]May[/name] and [name]Maisie[/name]. If you’re open to some variation the [name]Maddalena[/name] variation would get you [name]Maddie[/name] (maybe that’s too popular though). Good luck!

Wonderful name-- my Italian side includes more than a few Magdalenas, and it’s beautiful!