Congratulations to Rob Schneider and his wife Patricia, who have welcomed their second child together.
Their baby girl was born on Sept. 14 and she has a beautiful name: Madeline Robbie Schneider, as revealed by the comedian on Twitter.
Madeline is the English variation of Magdalen and means “high tower” or “woman from Magdala.” Magdala was a major first-century port on the Sea of Galilee in Israel and the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, a Christian figure who is said to have traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and witnessed his crucifixion and resurrection.
Perhaps the Schneiders were inspired by literature for their baby name choice. Madeline features in the poems of Keats and Tennyson, is a character in Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby and is the star of Ludwig Bemelmans’ children’s book series about an adventurous, outgoing red-haired school girl.
Madeline is an old-fashion baby girl name that has never dropped off the Social Security list of popular names. It first appeared in the top 100 in 1994 and reached an all-time high of No. 50 in 1998. It’s still a firm favorite in the U.S., charting at No. 90 in 2015.
However, it’s the youngest Schneider’s middle name that’s perhaps even more interesting. Robbie is a popular baby boy’s name in the U.K. (Scotland in particular), but as a girl’s name… not so much. So it’s probably safe to assume that in this case, it may be a nod to her famous dad’s name (Robert.) It’s not often we hear of a baby girl being named after her father — but we like it!
Madeline Robbie is little sister to the Schneiders’ 3-year-old daughter Miranda Scarlett as well as 27-year-old Elle King, Schneider’s daughter from his previous marriage to London King.
The actor stars in the Netflix series Real Rob (alongside his TV producer wife). Previously, he starred on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1994, appeared in 50 First Dates and The Hot Chick and was the star of the 1999 comedy Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.
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