(Man you guys are questiony lately! I kind of love it.)
Hello! I love my name. I will admit that when I was younger I wasn’t such a fan, it was long and I thought it was old lady-ish and I always went by Maddie. As soon as I was about 14 though I changed my tune and have loved it ever since.
I like being Madeleine with an extra ‘e’, it makes me feel fancy and French. People pronounce it in a variety of ways, including a university prof who used to call me “Mad-a-leeny”, (correct pronunciation is “Mad-Len”, but I’m not picky if people want to call me “Mad-a-line” or whatever).
I do have to spell it for people constantly, because they miss the extra ‘e’, but it’s not a big deal and I don’t mind, and I always have people remarking on it being a pretty name (but I mean, what else are they really going to say?).
In conclusion, I really must insist that you name your daughter Madeleine, she will be pudgy as a baby and sulky as a teen and always love to read 🙂