25 September 2010

Madeline's Name

A couple of months ago, a high-school friend asked me (on Facebook) what was Madeline's Hebrew name. In his defense, maybe he was joking. You don't know with some people. Still, it's common for Jewish people to have a Hebrew name, and even though I don't believe in that whole God and His Talking Snake thing, it was on my mind when I was thinking about a name.

When the name Madeline came up for the first time, I wasn't sure. It wasn't just a non-Jewish name--it was a New Testament name. The only way it could work was if I found an example of a non-observant Jewish Madeline who was also a cool, strong woman. Then I found this video, and Madeline got her name.


Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Very sweet!! And her hair! I know I mention it every time, but I love it every time!!!!

Cassie didn't get her Hebrew name until she was probably 7 or 8 years old. Because I didn't know how, but I wasn't really willing to admit to the rabbi that I didn't know how. On the positive side of it, she got to choose the name herself (from a few that the rabbi suggested).

SJ said...

What's in a name? A lot quite a lot!

People in the Sun said...

Jill, her hair is cute now, but if she's older and it stays like that, it might not be as cute. Although Marge Simpson IS a cutie.

SJ, all I know is that she'll be very happy with that name, which by itself will ensure she has a life full of happiness and butterflies. It's the least we could do.

Loz said...

And whilst we were those weird type of people that make up the spelling of kids names, we called our oldest daughter Madelyn too

Mama Zen said...

That's awesome!

PeopleInTheSun said...

Loz, Madelyn is actually getting popular here. It's pronounced the same way as our Madeline, and it won't make her have to correct people who pronounce it like the girl from the Madeline books (with a-- wait, how do you spell pronunciations?).

Mama Zen, thanks!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Well...if that's the route she's going to go, I'm afraid it might be expensive. I got my gal just one lousy blue streak in her hair this summer & it cost a small fortune and only lasted three days!
:-) :-) :-)

PeopleInTheSun said...

Nono. A 3-day blue streak gives you 2 years of Cool credentials.

Ellie said...

Is she related to Bernadette Peters?

PeopleInTheSun said...

Only on a spiritual level, that I know of.

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