What does Megan mean?
Megan \m(e)-gan\ as a girls' name is pronounced MEG-an, MEE-gan, MAY-gan. It is of Welsh and Greek origin, and the meaning of Megan is "pearl". Variant of Margaret, based on the short form Meg. Phonetic spellings of Megan are used to ensure one of the three pronunciations. See also Meegan. Actress Megan Mullaly.
Megan has 34 more alternative forms via Margaret, Meegan, Meg: Greta▼, Gretal, Madge▼, Mag, Maggi, Maggie, Maggy, Maiga, Maisy, Marg, Marga, Margalo, Marge▼, Marged, Margeen, Marget, Margey, Margie▼, Margit, Margo▼, Margot, Margy, Marit, Marji, Meegan, Meeghan, Meta▼, Mette, Meyta, Peg, Pegeen, Peggie▼, Peggy▼ and Rita▼.
Megan is a very prominent first name for women (#151 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#37591 out of 150436, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Megan for girls. Megan was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its peak rank of #10 in the U.S. in the year 1994, and is presently at #308. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Megan and related names. Popular related forms of Megan (#308 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000 are Greta (#594 the previous year), Madge, Maegan, Maggie (#239), Maisy, Margaret (#169), Marge, Margie, Margit, Margo, Margot (#749), Margy, Meagan, Meaghan, Meg, Meghan, Meghann, Meta, Peggie, Peggy and Rita. Usage of these girl names was at its most widespread during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.3211%) and is now much lower (usage 0.1337%, down 58.4%), with forms like Meghan, Meta, Peggie, Peggy and Rita falling out of style. Maggie (#239) and Megan (#308) are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this list, with Maggie having a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Regan. Like Megan, this name is not commonly used.