The name Madeleine ranked 292nd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 936th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Magdala was a village on the Sea of Galilee, supposedly the home of the character in the Christian scriptures known as Mary of Magdala, or Mary Magdalene.
Though the town had an unsavory reputation, there is no scriptural support for Mary's identification as a courtesan who forsook her sinful ways to follow Jesus of Nazareth. However, this is her place in Christian tradition, and she stands as a symbol of the redeemable sinner, accepted and forgiven regardless of her sordid past.
Madeleine K. Albright (born 1937)
Czechoslovakian-born American diplomat. First woman to become U.S. secretary of state.