She Was Not Named Carolina

Madeleine -----> Made

Made is a shortened version of Madeleine. People tend to pronounce the name very differently. Made has lived in three different countries, and the friends she has MADE have given her different nicknames. The nicknames are Madi, Made with three different pronunciations, Madde and Madden (this version is only used by her mother-in-law, LOL!). Madeleine has been pronounced in five different ways by her friends. The first nickname Madeleine had as a little girl was Made. She's still Made to her closest friends and her family, and here on HubPages. As a reader of this hub and a hubber you should feel honoured! *****LOL***** The pronunciation may vary. Call her what you like. Made doesn't feel muddy at all even if that's how the name is pronounced in Swedish. Swedish is Made's mother tongue.

How Did The Name Madeleine And All The Nicknames Affect This Girl During The Years She Grew Up?

Made was always called Madeleine by her teachers. She didn't really like it. Nobody else in her age was named Madeleine. She know zero people with the name Madeleine, except one Swedish princess. She is two years younger then ”this real Madeleine”. She had obviously been named after the real Madeleine, growing up in a working class family. *****LOL***** That was one of the reasons Madeleine didn't like her name either. Madeleine was a name for rich families, and she was far away from rich. Her parents worked long days to be able to put food on the table and buy clothes for their four children. The name Madeleine didn't really fit in this family. She wanted to have a normal name, like Maria. She knew many Marias. Her oldest sister had been named Maria. Madeleine suggested they could swap names with each other. "No way, her 12 year old sister replied, how could you even ask such a question?" Even if Maria didn't like her common name either, she could never imagine having Madeleine as her name. In Madeleine's reality, as five year old girl, it would have been no problem. In Maria's class in school, there were five other Marias.

At this point Madeleine also realized that now it was too late to change her name to Carolina. That was the name her parents first had decided for Madeleine. "Carolina, Carolina ..." As she said the name out loud to herself, Madeleine knew she would have liked that name better. It was more common, and one of her ancestors had been named Carolina. Suddenly her parents had gotten the bright(?!) idea of naming the little girl Madeleine. It was pronounced like ”muddy lane”. LOL! Who could like a name like that? I'm glad I couldn't speak English at that age. I didn't know a soul in this world that was named Madeleine. Well, except the Swedish princess. It was her and me against the rest of the world.

Years went by, and Madeleine got used to her name and to getting some new nicknames. She didn't really mind people calling her different nicknames. In her teenage years she heard of some other girls, much younger than herself, that had been named Madeleine. They had been named after the beautiful Swedish princess. Of course parents wanted to give princess names to their little princesses. Madeleine never felt like a princess, more like a prince actually. Princesses doesn't like playing with small cars, little grey and green plastic soldiers and playing soccer, do they? That's what Madeleine did. She felt more like poor Prince Madeleine of Finland than rich Princess Madeleine of Sweden. *****LOL*****

When Madeleine moved to Sweden, she had come to the home country of Princess Madeleine. The name was more common here and all the Madeleines were called ”Madde”. That was very natural to her as well. She liked being called Madde. She felt like one of the Swedish Maddes, just like a normal young woman. Life was great. After a few years Madeleine moved back to Finland. Now she doesn't really mind what people call her. Still they ask her if it's okay to call her this or that. She always replies: ”Yes, you can call me that”.

Being Made

In her mother's kitchen Madeleine is and will always be Made
In her mother's kitchen Madeleine is and will always be Made | Source

In her heart she will always be Made like in ”muddy”.


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GoldenBird 4 years ago

This was very entertaining. You have a beautiful kitchen. I think we are more similar than different, and if you watch an image of my kitchen, you may not make any big difference than that it is situated in India, and not in Finland. The only practical difference is language. I guess we are getting closer even there.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you, GoldenBird. This is my parent's kitchen in the house, where I grew up. My own kitchen look a little different. Yes, languages vary, but I think people around the world are quite similar.

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YvetteParker 4 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

I love your humor and enjoyed your hub very much, Made. Voted up. Thanks for sharing.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you, Yvette. I appreciate it.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Excellent as always; I will call you anything you like but "friend" is my favorite name!

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I love your hub. and your picture. I love your name.. bless you ... for sharing

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Friend is good, Bill. I could get used to that. :)

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I adore Made!!! She is a unique and wonderful person! Thank you for sharing your photo and info behind your name:)

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

I'm unique, just like you Linda. :) Thank you!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

It is such a delight to read about your name and how it has affected your life.

Good work my friend, keep it up!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Vinaya, your comments are always much appreciated. Thank you! :)

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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Ha ha, "I'm unique just like you." that is very funny Made. I actually like the name Madeleine and after seeing your princess, most guys would--especially in this picture.

Of course there is always Madeleine Stowe in Last of the Mohicans

But my favorite, spelled a little differently is the heroine of all those great children's book adventures:

If you still have Carolina in your mind, you are not alone, so does this guy:

Love your name and love this hub. =:)

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Winsome, I wouldn't mind looking like the princess. I really appreciate you comment and giving me these links. Thank you for following me. :)

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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Made~Madde~Madi~Madden~Madeleine - You will always look like a beautiful princess!! Kram På Dig!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Maybe I don't look that good, but I feel good getting this comment from you Sannel. Tack så mycket! :)

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ahorseback 4 years ago

Made .......HUUmmmm?...This hub just made you a winner in my book! And shes so pretty too! Is it true that Swedish people never smile?......:-}}}

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi ahorseback, thank you. I don't think I've heard about non-smiling Swedes. The Swedes I know have the ability to smile. :)

Carolina0999 4 years ago

I just wanted to say that I was named Carolina at birth and people mispronounce it all te time... And my favorite country in the world is Finland followed by Sweden. So maybe you and me can trade Made, I would put up with the name if I would be on Finland.

Life works on funny ways, we always want what others have.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Carolina, welcome to HubPages! We should be happy with what we have. Thank you for reading my hub and leaving an interesting comment. :)

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