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What does Mab mean?

Mab Pronunciation of Mab [mab] as a girls' name is of Irish, Gaelic and Welsh origin, and the meaning of Mab is "joy, hilarity; baby". In old English, Welsh, and Irish stories, Queen Mab is monarch of the fairies.

Associated with: irish, joy, old, stories (literary), queen.


Mab has 3 variants: Mave, Mavis and Meave.

Affiliated girl names: Amabel and Mabel.

Creative forms:
(female) Mabi, Marb, ..

(male) Mabi, Made, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mab Kayden (M.K.), ..

How popular is Mab?

Mab is a rare given name for women. Mab is a unique last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Mab (not in Top 2000) are Mabel (#578 in 2015) and Mavis (#1012). Adoption of these forms of Mab was well-received among parents 125 years ago (median #659) and is now much lower (#795, 95%), with versions like Mabel becoming less fashionable. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mabel, Mavis in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mab and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Bab, Mae, Mag, Mai, Maj, Mal, Mat, Max and May. These names tend to be more frequently used than Mab.

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