Meaning and Name Origin
Margaret \m(a)-rga-ret, mar-garet\ as a girls' name is pronounced MAR-gret. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Margaret is "pearl". A saint's name. Historical: the name of nine queens of England, Scotland, France, and Austria. The name came into use among English speakers via Latin (as Margarita) and Old French (as Marguerite). It has been closely identified with Scotland. Marit is a Scandinavian form. Britain's Margaret Thatcher; actresses Margaret Sullavan, Marg Helgenberger; anthropologist Margaret Mead; writer Margaret Mitchell.
Margaret has 98 variants: Greta▼, Gretal, Gretchen▼, Gretel, Grethel, Gretl, Gretta, Grette, Madge▼, Mag, Maggi, Maggie▲, Maggy, Maiga, Maighread, Mairead, Maisie▲, Maisy, Malgorzata, Marcheta, Marchieta, Marg, Marga, Margalit, Margalo, Margareta, Margarete▼, Margarethe, Margaretta▼, Margarette▼, Margarida, Margarit, Margarita▼, Margarite, Margaruite, Marge▼, Marged, Margeen, Margeret, Margeretta, Margerie, Margerita, Margery▼, Marget, Margette, Margey, Marghanita, Margharita, Margherita, Marghretta, Margie▼, Margies, Margisia, Margit, Margita, Margize, Margo▼, Margot, Margred, Margret▼, Margrete, Margreth, Margrett, Margrid, Margrit, Marguarette, Marguarita, Marguerita, Marguerite▼, Marguita, Margy, Marit, Marjery, Marjey, Marji, Marjie, Marjorey, Marjorie▼, Marjory▼, Marketa, Marketta, Markie, Markita, Marquetta, Meg, Megan▲, Meggi, Meggie, Meggy, Meghan▼, Meta▼, Mette, Meyta, Peg, Pegeen, Peggie▼, Peggy▼ and Rita▼.
Margaret has 1 masculine form: Rito.
Margaret is a very prominent first name for women (#9 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#50596 out of 88799, Top 57%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Margaret for girls. Margaret reached its apex position of #3 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, and is at #169 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Margaret and associated names. Prominent varying forms of Margaret (#169 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000 are Daisy (#180 the previous year), Greta (#594), Gretchen, Madge, Maggie (#239), Mairead, Maisie (#658), Maisy, Mamie, Margarete, Margaretta, Margarette, Margarita, Marge, Margery, Margie, Margit, Margo, Margot (#749), Margret, Marguerite, Margy, Marjorie (#721), Marjory, Meg, Megan (#308), Meghan, Meta, Pearl (#628), Peggie, Peggy, Reta and Rita. Usage of these girl names reached its peak during 1930-1939 and has become much lower since, with forms such as Gretchen, Marguerite, Marjory, Meghan and Meta becoming somewhat outmoded. Daisy (#180), Maggie (#239), Maisie (#658) and Megan (#308) are four of the more trendy baby names in this list, with Daisy and Maggie undergoing a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)