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Meaning and name origin

May \may\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Mae, Maelee, Maelynn, Maia, Maj, Mala, Maya, Mayana, Maye, Mayleen, Maylene and Mei.

For more information, see also related girl names Annemae, Claramae, Ellamae and September.


May is a very popular first name for females (#472 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#264 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name May for girls. May reached its highest rank of #61 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name May and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Maya (#74), Mary (#120), Maia (#626), Mae (#682), Maye, May, Matthew, Ellamae and Mai. (2014 statistics).

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maia, Mary, Maya outside U.S.

Similar Names

May is also pronounced similarly to Maiya, Mayah, Mea, Meya, Mia, Miah, Miya, Mo, Moya and Mya. Other suggested similar baby names are Bay, Cay, Day, Fay, Gay, Jay, Kay, Mab, Macy, Mady, Mag, Mal, Mat, Max, Maxy and Ray. These names tend to be less commonly used than May.