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Maddie as actually name?
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#1 Phoenix Blue

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:38 PM

Dh and I are having lots of trouble picking a girls name.

He finally thinks he likes Maddie. What do you think about her proper name being Maddie as opposed to Maddison, or Madalyn with Maddie as the nickname? DH has a cousin Madalyn (or similar spelling - can't remember!) so really our only option is Maddison if we go for the extended version. DH isn't keen on Maddison though, just Maddie.

Our other 2 children are Ben and Cameron - and Ben is just Ben - not Benjamin as we didn't really like that.

Middle name will be Kate.

Thanks in advance for your opinion.

#2 3_for_me

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:42 PM

I can see it on a child as a nickname but I really struggle to see it as a name on a grown up.

#3 Alvarywinters

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:46 PM

QUOTE (3_for_me @ 28/03/2012, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I can see it on a child as a nickname but I really struggle to see it as a name on a grown up.

I LOVE it as a child's full name...but agree that as an adult it's tricky...I really like having a full version of my nickname to use in professional situations.

I don't think DH having a cousin named Madalyn is enough to put off using a name...and it's a name I personally really like!

Good luck with choosing, hope you agree on something without too much drama! biggrin.gif

#4 The Falcon

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:47 PM

I'm not a big fan of just Maddie.  I think Madeline Kate sounds gorgeous, and I wouldn't worry if DH has a cousin called Madalyn as

a) you plan on calling your DD by her nicknake Maddie most of the time anyway
b) a cousin who you are obviously not super close to (I'm assuming since your not sure of the spelling of her name)
c) She would probably consider it a compliment anyway

#5 Vickery

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:47 PM

It's lovely and I would use it.

We used the shortened/nickname version of a name for our child.  We just knew that that was the only name we were ever going to say.

#6 luckycakes

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:50 PM

I have a friend who named her daughter Maddie, middle name Rose. She is about 1 and a half now. I think it's fine. Just give a middle name that she could use if she wants to when she is older if, like the PP, she feels that maddie isnt serious enough or professional enough as a grown adult.

#7 Phoenix Blue

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:50 PM

Thanks for replies so far.

If I was to push the extended version, what are some possible spellings of Maddison and Madalyn that would be best shortened to Maddie? I think we like the double D.


#8 Bel Rowley

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:53 PM

QUOTE (kate789 @ 28/03/2012, 01:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm not a big fan of just Maddie.  I think Madeline Kate sounds gorgeous, and I wouldn't worry if DH has a cousin called Madalyn as

a) you plan on calling your DD by her nicknake Maddie most of the time anyway
b) a cousin who you are obviously not super close to (I'm assuming since your not sure of the spelling of her name)
c) She would probably consider it a compliment anyway

I agree with this. I would go with Madeline or Madeleine. I don't like any other spellings of the name, and not really keen on any versions of Madison.

#9 B.M.C.M.I.E

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:53 PM

We have a Madelyn who gets Maddy 95% of the time. We went with Madelyn so that as an adult, she can use something more grown up if she wants.

#10 vanessa71

Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:57 PM

I wouldn't use it as a full name.

Maybe instead of Madeleine or Madison you could use Madalena.

Edited by vanessa71, 28 March 2012 - 01:05 PM.

#11 prettypenny

Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:04 PM

I prefer Madeline or Madeleine, other spellings are NMS.

My neighbour is Madeleine and she's in her forties. Everyone calls her Maddie. It's never occurred to me that her NN is more suited to children as that's what I've always known her as IYKWIM.

#12 be_a_butterfly

Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:29 PM

I loved the name Maddy and wanted a little girl so I could call her Maddy lol. I named her Maddison, she always gets called Maddy by everyone, I liked the fact she had a 'full' name, to me Maddy was just a shortened version original.gif

#13 la di dah

Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:21 PM

I know a couple Marthas NNed Mattie. Which I actually really like. However I say Mattie and Maddie pretty much exactly the same but THAT may be a function of my accent, I'm not sure?

Madeleine is also nice.

Traditionally Maddie was an accepted nickname for Maud but you'd need big brass ones to name a girl Maud today, it's a step beyond even Mabel or Edith. (I secretly like Maud, but I would probably move it to the middle spot 'cause I'm a coward).

Edited by la di dah, 28 March 2012 - 02:22 PM.

#14 kerilyntaryn

Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:41 PM

I think Maddie is only a nn - Madison or Madeline Kate is lovely  or Magdalena or Madena or Madonna

#15 Guest_BessMarvin_*

Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:52 PM


Edited by BessMarvin, 12 April 2012 - 08:11 PM.

#16 reng

Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:00 PM

QUOTE (BessMarvin @ 28/03/2012, 03:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When deciding on a shortened version of a name over the full one, I like to apply the 'future professional rule'. Just say 'Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (insert name and surname). If it sounds silly, take the full name. If not, go with the short one  happy.gif

In this case, I think Madeleine would be a lovely name to grow into.

I completely agree with this.  A person is a grown up for much longer than they are a kid, and they need a name that suits any job.  

For example, we went with Vincent for #1 son.  He can choose to be Vincent, Vince, Vinny, Vidi, or any other variant depending on what he grows into.  Currently he wants to be a cricketer, so he'll probably end up with a crazy name aka Pidgeon McGrath, if his dreams come true. biggrin.gif

I have an aunty Madeleine (she's actually Marie Madeleine, but that's a different story) and her nn is Mads.

#17 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:08 PM

Admittedly I am not a fan of the name Maddie no matter what it is short for - similar to calling someone Angry IMO.

Much prefer Madeleine to Maddie as a stand-alone, and prefer Maddie to Madison.

Mattie as a NN for Matilda may be another option - again NMS.

Otherwise, Maddie could be a NN for Manda or Amanda at a stretch...

#18 ~A Poetic Winter~

Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:13 PM

My bestie is Madeline by birth (by the way prefer this spelling much more) but since high school has been known only as Maddie. Even at work. So she is a 30yr old Maddie and it suits her perfectly. I think I've only ever called her Madeline when I was annoyed at her for something original.gif

I think its fine if you really want to, but if you decide on official name as Madeline or Madison go with those spellings original.gif

#19 Amanda_JB

Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:14 PM

My DS#2 has a friend from school called Maddi and thats what her mum wanted to call her, i think its lovely.

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