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What 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.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Annemae, Claramae, Ellamae and September.

May has 48 more related variations 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.


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 popularity of May for girls. May reached its apex rank of #61 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 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. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.2668%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.225%, down 15.7%), but with forms such as Marie, May, Maye, Mayme and Mayra falling out of style. The trendier baby names in this compilation are Maia (#626), Mara (#695), Maya (#74), Miah (#622) and Molly (#122). Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name May and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ellamae, Mae, Mai, Maia, Maiya, Malia, Mame, Mamie, Mara, Maren in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maria, Marie, Marin, Marla, Marlo, Mary, Maryjo, Matthew, Maura, May in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maya, Maye, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra, Miah, Mimi, Miya, Molly, Mya in U.S.

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

Similar Names

May is pronounced similarly to 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.