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pinWhat does May mean?

May /may/ as a girls' name is pronounced may. It is of English origin, and the meaning of May is "the fifth month".

The month of May was named for Maia, the Roman earth goddess. Also a short form of the names Matthew and Mary. Also a Sanskrit word meaning "illusion". See also Mai. Actress Mae West; writer Maya Angelou; poet May Sarton.


May has 12 variants: Mae, Maelee, Maelynn, Maia, Maj, Mala, Maya, Mayana, Maye, Mayleen, Maylene and Mei.

Related girl names: Annemae, Claramae, Ellamae and September.

May has 48 more relations via Maia, Mary, Maya: Maaja, Maiah, Mair, Maire, Maiya, Maja, Mal, Malia, Mame, Mamie, Manon, Manya, Mara, Mare, Maree, Maren, Maria, Marie, Marin, Marja, Marje, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maryjo, Marylu, Marysa, Maryse, Masha, Maura, Maure, Mavra, Mayah, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra, Mayria, Miah, Mimi, Minny, Miya, Moia, Moja, Moll, Molly, Morag, Moya and Mya.

Kreatif forms: Mimay. [more]

pinHow popular is May?

May is a very popular first name for females (#472 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#270 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name history of May for girls. May entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex rank of #61 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Names, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of May name in U.S.

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

Ellamae, Mae (#682 in 2014), Mai, Maia (#626), Maiya, Maja, Malia (#345), Mame, Mamie, Mara (#695), Maren, Maria (#115), Marie (#579), Marin, Marla, Marlo, Mary (#120), Maryjo, Matthew, Maura, Maya (#74), Maye, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra, Miah (#622), Mimi, Miya (#903), Molly (#122) and Mya (#141) are the popular varying forms of May. Other variants, like Manon, are seldom used. These relations of May reached the top of their popularity a century ago (average #733) and are almost as common today (#774, down 16%), but with forms such as Marlo becoming less in vogue. Maia, Malia, Mara, Maya, Miah, Molly and Mya.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of May, Ellamae, Mae, Mai, Maia in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maiya, Malia, Mame, Mamie, Mara in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maren, Maria, Marie, Marin, Marla in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marlo, Mary, Maryjo, Matthew, Maura in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maya, Maye, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Miah, Mimi, Miya, Molly, Mya in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maja, Maria, Mary, Maya, Molly, Mya outside U.S.

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May is pronounced similarly to Maiyah, Mea, Meya, Mia and Mo. Other suggested similar baby names are Bay, Cay, Day, Fay, Gay, Jay, Kay, Mab, Macy, Mady, Mag, Mat, Max, Maxy and Ray. These names tend to be less frequently used than May.