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What does Mairead mean?

Mairead Pronunciation of Mairead [mairead] as a name for girls has its root in Greek, and the meaning of the name Mairead is "pearl". Mairead is a version of Margaret (Greek): a saint's name.

Associated with: greek.


Mairead has 1 variant: Maighread.

4 more related forms via Margaret: Maiga, Marga, Marged and Margred.

Creative forms:
(female) Mearead, Meread, ..

(male) Mairei, Mairem, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mairead Mileena (M.M.), ..

How popular is Mairead?

Mairead is a rare given name for women. Mairead is a rare surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Mairead reached its apex position of #99 in Ireland in 1998, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Margaret (#154 from recent data) is the only other prominent varying form of Mairead. Adoption of these forms of Mairead was at its highest in the 1890s (adoption of 4.45%) and is now much diminished (adoption 0.14%, 96.8%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Margaret in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mairead, Margaret outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Maarva, Madira, Madra, Mahra, Maia, Maiah, Maida, Maidel, Maime, Mair, Maira, Maire, Mairi, Mairin, Maisa, Maisee, Maisha, Maiya, Maiyah, Malea, Maleah, Marah, Mareen, Marelda, Marell, Maren, Marena, Marfa, Mariah, Marial, Mariam, Marian, Marja, Marjan, Marla, Marlea, Marna, Marra, Marrelda (see Marelda), Marta, Marya, Maryam, Maryan, Mathea, Matrena, Mattea, Maura, Maure, Maureen, Maurene, Mauresa (see Maureen), Mavra, Mayra, Mayria, Mead, Meira, Mira, Miran, Mireio, Mirell, Mireya, Miriam, Mirian, Mirja, Mirjam, Mirka, Mirla, Mirna, Mirra, Mirta, Moira, Moire, Naiad, Shinead and Sinead. These names tend to be more commonly used than Mairead.

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