Wednesday, September 10, 2008

How do You Say Her Name??

So many people have seen Magdalena's name in writing, but they have never heard it being said. For this reason, I have decided to explain how to pronounce it. Of course, it is strange, but Noah and I wanted something unique. Also, we both speak Spanish and loved Mary Magdalene's name in Spanish....Magdalena.

So here it is .....


Yes, the "g" is silent, and it is incorrect to pronounce it in a way that it sounds like Madeline. Notice that it is "lay" which means that it has a long "a", not a long "e".

Sorry nickname. Don't worry if you say it wrong! Just give it a try! You will not offend us by saying it wrong.

Have you ever seen the movie Anne of Green Gables? It is one of our favorites! When asked her name Anne always replies that it is "Anne with an E". She is proud of its uniqueness and so are we of our precious baby's name. Please forgive us for not accepting anything less! I know what you are thinking....and yes, .....we are SO those parents!! Hee hee!


  1. It's beautiful -- just like she is. LOVE the Anne of Green Gables analogy!!!

  2. GOOD FOR YOU... be as picky as you want. She is absolutely GORGEOUS!

  3. I LOVE Anne of Green Gables....LOVE, LOVE it!!!! I am so glad you cleared this up...I have totally been wondering!

  4. Julie,

    This is Shea McNease. We have been praying for you and your husband for some time. And kept up with you in our Sunday School Class and on your blog. Bethany and I would love to converse with you and your husband about our experience. I am not sure how to send you info. securely. If you know how let me know and the four of us can get together.

  5. As I have previously blogged, I seriously wondered what you guys were thinking when you named her. Now I know that there could not be a more perfect name for her! I'm just thankful I learned how to spell it before she was born! :)

  6. Her name is as beautiful as she is! And now I see that I have been pronouncing it wrong. Thanks for the pronunciation! :)

    I, too, am a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables.

    Praying you are all doing well each and everyday!

  7. My name is Erica, and I just found your blog via a friend of a friend. Your story is amazing, such a testimony to the faithfulness of God that can always be trusted. My heart feels close to yours because our son was born two months premature, weighing only 2 1/2 pounds. He spent 6 weeks in the NICU and had a rough start to life. Seeing the precious pictures of your tiny little daughter warms my heart. There is nothing like holding such a tiny little baby. My prayers are with you, and I am REJOICING that you are experiencing such a wonderful life with your beautiful, perfect daughter.

  8. Unbelievably beautiful name for a precious child.

  9. Thanks for the clarification; I was pronouncing the "g". I love her name, so elegant. I would not shorten it either! My given name is Elizabeth, but have always been called Betsy and it has been confusing my whole life. For that very reason, all of my children’s first names are the names that they go by. No nicknames here.

  10. Marilyn Meadows11:54 PM

    Her name is as beautiful as her mother is. Julie, you look radiant in all the pics we see. You must be running on super energy from a super source. Magdelina is beautiful. Dr. Crews is awesome too! You had great physicians around you. And the Greatest Physician guiding them all!! Praise God.
    Marilyn Meadows
    P.S. Candiss and Dawn say hello and best wishes:)

  11. I love how you pronounce it...I don't think it's unusual at all--didn't C.S. Lewis go to Magdalen College? Which, I think, sounds like "MAUD-lin"...

    Wonderful choice.

  12. Aimee and Arin8:10 AM

    YEA for unique names! As you know I am a fan. What is funny about this blog is whenever I tell someone about Magdalena I have to repeat her name and explain the pronounciation and I do it the same way...HAHA! Oh and I so own the trilogy!

  13. Margarita Votano6:32 PM

    unique names are the best =)


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