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What does Magnolia mean?

Magnolia Pronunciation of Magnolia [mag-no-lia] as a girls' name is pronounced mag-NOL-yah. Nature name: the magnolia flower, named after 17th-century French botanist Pierre Magnol.

Associated with: nature, flower, 17th century.


Magnolia has 3 variants: Maggie, Maggy and Nola.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Magnolia Taliah (M.T.), ..

How popular is Magnolia?

Magnolia is a very popular first name for females (#1586 out of 4276, Top 37%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#99214 out of 150436, Top 66%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Magnolia reached its top rank of #489 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is currently at #633. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Magnolia name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Magnolia outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Maggie (#241 via latest list) and Nola (#767) are the prominent related forms of Magnolia (#633 via latest list). Adoption of these forms of Magnolia was widespread a century ago (median #343) and has become much less since (#547, 66.3% less usage). Maggie is more universally found than the rest, although Magnolia seems to be gaining favor too, while Maggie has lost favor.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Magnolia, Maggie, Nola in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Agnola, Agnolla (see Agnola), Argelia, Camelia, Carmelia, Cenobia, Faunia, Honoria, Kalia, Kanicia, Kornelia, Lallia, Laudonia, Macaela, Macaria, Macarria, Madonna, Magali, Magalie, Magaly, Magdala, Magdalena, Magdalina, Magdelina, Magdolna, Maggali, Maggi, Magli, Magnhilde, Magnilda, Mahala, Mahalia, Mahelia, Maia, Majorca, Malea, Malia, Malicia, Malika, Malita, Malkia, Mallorca, Maltilda, Manda, Mandi, Mandie, Mandisa, Mandolin, Manon, Maralina, Marcella, Margisia (see Margaret), Marialisa, Maricia, Marnell, Marnetta, Marnia, Marnja, Marsalla, Martella, Martia, Mehalia, Melodia, Migdalia, Migdalla (see Migdalia), Miguelita, Moria, Natalia, Nykolia, Ragnilda, Sancia, Santsia, Sanzia, Tahlia and Tanazia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Magnolia.

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