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What does Margaret mean?

Margaret Pronunciation of Margaret 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, saint, queens, scotland, old, scandinavian


VARIANTS Greta, Gretal, Gretchen, Gretel, Grethel, Gretta, Grette, Gretl, 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, Margharita, Margharita, Margherita, Marghretta, Margie, Margies, Margisia, Margit, Margita, Margize, Margo, Margot, Margred, Margret, Margrete, Margreth, Margrett, Margrit, Margrid, 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, Rita

SEE ALSO Daisy, Magali, Mamie, Pearl, Reta





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How popular is Margaret?

Margaret is a very prominent first name for women (#9 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#57985 out of 150436, Top 39%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Margaret reached its apex position of #3 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, and is at #127 presently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Margaret (#127 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) rated in the Top 2000 are Daisy (#169), Greta (#587), Gretchen, Gretta, Madge, Magali, Maggie (#292), Mairead, Maisie (#498), Maisy (#1342), Mamie, Marcheta, Margarete, Margaretta, Margarette, Margarita (#1881), Margarite, Marge, Margeret, Margery, Marget, Margherita, Margie, Margo (#972), Margot (#358), Margret, Margrete, Margrett, Marguerita, Marguerite, Margurite, Margy, Marjie, Marjorie (#1167), Marjory, Markie, Markita, Marquetta, Meg, Megan (#545), Meghan (#703), Meta, Pearl (#647), Peg, Peggie, Peggy, Reta and Rita (#1251). Usage of these forms of Margaret was well-received among parents during the years 1910-1919 (ADOPTION OF 4.7%) and has become much reduced since (ADOPTION 0.6%, 88%). Margaret is the all-time favorite, though Greta has grown popular as well, while forms like Margret have lost favor.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Margaret, Daisy, Greta, Gretchen, Gretta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Madge, Magali, Maggie, Maisie, Maisy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mamie, Marcheta, Margarete, Margaretta, Margarette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Margarita, Margarite, Marge, Margeret, Margery in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marget, Margherita, Margie, Margo, Margot in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Margret, Margrete, Margrett, Marguerita, Marguerite in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Margurite, Margy, Marjie, Marjorie, Marjory in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Markie, Markita, Marquetta, Meg, Megan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Meghan, Meta, Pearl, Peg, Peggie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Peggy, Reta, Rita in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maisy, Margot, Megan, Meghan outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Barbarit (see Barbara), Berget, Carmarit (see Carmel), Maarva, Magaley, Magalie, Magaly, Magdalen, Maggali, Mahalee, Makara, Makaria, Malaney, Mallerey (see Mallory), Malloree, Malorey, Mara, Marabel, Maralin, Marceen, Marcele, Marcharie, Marcilee, Marcine, Marelle, Maren, Marette, Marfa, Margaux, Margeree, Margerey, Margherite (see Marguerite), Margi, Maria, Mariana, Marianda, Mariane, Mariann, Mariclare, Maridel, Marien, Marijke, Mariske, Marjanne, Marje, Marjerie (see Margery), Marjori, Markeeta, Marlane, Marlayne, Marlene, Marley, Marlies, Marlise, Marlowe, Marmara, Marne, Marris, Marsala, Marta, Marthe, Martine, Martyne, Marva, Marya, Maryam, Maryan, Marybel, Marycruz, Marylea, Morgaine, Morgan, Morgane, Morgann and Padget. These names tend to be less commonly used than Margaret.

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