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What does Maureen mean?

Maureen Pronunciation of Maureen [mau-reen] as a girls' name is pronounced maw-REEN. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Maureen is "star of the sea". English form of Mairin, a pet form of Maire the Irish Gaelic form of Mary. Maurissa and Maurisa may also be feminine forms of Maurice. See also Mara and Morisa. Actresses Maureen O' Sullivan, Maureen O'Hara.

Associated with: irish, star, sea.


Maureen has 20 variants: Maura, Maurene, Mauresa, Maurianne, Maurie, Maurine, Maurisa, Maurise, Maurissa, Maurita, Maurizia, Mavra, Mo, Moira, Mora, Moreen, Morena, Morene, Moria and Morine.

13 more different relations via Maire, Mairin, Mara, Mary, Morisa: Maire, Mare, Maree, Maren, Marian, Marie, Mariel, Marin, Marion, Marjan, Marje, Maure and Muriel.

Creative forms:
(female) Marreen, Merreen, ..


Middle name pairings:
Maureen Amariah (M.A.), ..

How popular is Maureen?

Maureen is a very popular first name for females (#226 out of 4276, Top 5%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Maureen was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #101 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Maureen rated in the Top 2000 are Mary (#124 a year ago), Marie (#564), Mara (#739), Marian (#1104), Maren (#1113), Marin (#1471), Maura (#1490), Marion (#1527), Moira (#1645), Mariel (#1839), Muriel, Mora, Maurice, Maree and Maurine. These forms of Maureen reached the height of their popularity a century ago (median #1272) and have become much less widespread since (#1476, 97% less usage), with forms like Marie falling out of fashion. Mara is the most chic birth name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maureen, Mara, Maree, Maren, Marian in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marie, Mariel, Marin, Marion, Mary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maura, Maurice, Maurine, Moira, Mora, Muriel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Maureen is pronounced similarly to Mareen, Marien, Marinn, Marrin, Maryan, Maryn and Maryon. Other suggested similar names are Careen, Carreen, Catreen, Dareen, Kareen, Laureen, Lauren, Marceen, Mareena, Mareina, Marena, Margeen, Marleen, Marlen, Marne, Marnee, Marney, Marrlen, Maxeen, Mayleen, Nureen, Pauleen, Sabreen, Sareen and Zareen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Maureen.

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