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What does Megan mean?

Megan Pronunciation of Megan [megan] 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.

Associated with: greek.


Megan has 14 variants: Maegan, Maygan, Meagan, Meaghan, Meg, Megen, Meggan, Meggi, Meggie, Meggy, Meghan, Meghann, Meghanne and Meighan.

13 more alternative forms via Margaret, Meegan, Meg: Mag, Maggi, Maggy, Maiga, Marga, Meegan, Meeghan, Meta, Mette, Meyta, Peg, Pegeen and Peggy.

Creative forms:
(female) Mergan, Migan, ..

(male) Medon, Meton, ..

Middle name pairings:
Megan Shirley (M.S.), ..

How popular is Megan?

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)

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 #384. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Megan name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Megan (#384 from current records) ranked in the Top 2000 are Maegan, Margaret (#154 from current records), Meagan, Meaghan, Meg, Meggan, Meghan (#1087), Meghann, Meta, Peg and Peggy. Adoption of these forms of Megan was more pronounced during the years 1890-1899 (adoption of 4.5%) and is now much reduced (adoption 0.2%, 95.7%), with forms like Meta becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Megan, Maegan, Margaret, Meagan, Meaghan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Meg, Meggan, Meghan, Meghann, Meta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Peg, Peggy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Megan, Margaret, Meghan outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aeran, Devan, Jean, Lean, Logan, Mea, Mead, Meda, Mela, Melana, Melani, Melany, Mena, Mera, Merah, Meral, Mesa, Meya, Miran, Morgan, Pagan, Raegan, Ragan, Reagan, Regan, Reghan, Rhegan and Sean. These names tend to be less commonly used than Megan.

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