Meaning and Name Origin
Maureen \ma(u)-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.
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)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Maureen for girls. Maureen was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its top position of #101 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Maureen and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Maureen rated in the Top 1000 are Mary (#120 a year ago), Marie (#579), Mara (#695), Muriel, Maurine, Maura, Moira, Marion, Maren, Marian, Mariel and Marin. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1920-1929 and have become much less widespread since, with forms like Marie, Maurine, Muriel, Maureen and Marion falling out of fashion. Mara (#695) is the most chic birth name in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)