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Margaret \m(a)-rga-ret, mar-garet\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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, Marghanita, 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 and Rita.
There is 1 masculine form of Margaret: Rito.
Margaret is a very popular first name for females (#9 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#50596 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Margaret for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Margaret and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Daisy, Greta, Gretchen, Madge, Maggie, Mairead, Maisie, Maisy, Mamie, Margaret, Margarete, Margaretta, Margarette, Margarita, Marge, Margery, Margie, Margit, Margo, Margot, Margret, Marguerite, Margy, Marjorie, Marjory, Meg, Megan, Meghan, Meta, Pearl, Peggie, Peggy, Reta and Rita. (2015 statistics).
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