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What does Meghan mean?

Meghan Pronunciation of Meghan [meghan] as a name for girls is of Greek derivation, and the meaning of the name Meghan is "pearl". Meghan is an alternate spelling of Margaret (Greek): a saint's name. Meghan is also a derivative of Megan (Welsh, Greek).

Associated with: greek.


Meghan has 8 variants: Maegan, Maygan, Meagan, Meaghan, Meggan, Meghann, Meghanne and Meighan.

8 more alternative forms via Margaret, Megan: Meg, Megen, Meggi, Meggie, Meggy, Meta, Meyta and Pegeen.

Creative forms:
(female) Maghan, Mighan, ..

(male) Mechen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Meghan Kaylyn (M.K.), ..

How popular is Meghan?

Meghan is a very popular first name for women (#440 out of 4276, Top 10%) but a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Meghan was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its top rank of #79 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is presently at #1087. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Meghan (#1087 in recent rankings) are Margaret (#154 in recent rankings), Megan (#384), Meta, Meggan, Meghann, Meg, Meagan, Meaghan and Maegan. Other forms, like Megen, are uncommon. These forms of Meghan were favored as birth names 125 years ago (median #1626) and have become much less widespread since (#1562, down 95.7%).

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

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

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

Similar Names

Meghan is pronounced similarly to Meegan and Meeghan. Other recommended names are Aeran, Bethan, Betsan, Breehan, Cerian, Devan, Ephan, Ferran, Geelan, Jean, Keelan, Kellan, Kerran, Lean, Logan, Magda, Marian, Marjan, Maryan, Masha, Matha, Mea, Mead, Meara, Meda, Medea, Media, Meeka, Meena, Meera, Meerah, Meica, Meira, Mekea, Mela, Melana, Melani, Melany, Melba, Meleana, Melia, Melva, Melya, Mena, Mera, Merah, Meral, Merial, Meriam, Merlyn, Merna, Merryn, Meryam, Mesa, Meya, Michal, Miesha, Mignon, Mirham, Mirian, Misha, Morgan, Mychal, Perran, Raegan, Ragan, Reagan, Regan, Reghan, Rhegan, Roshan, Sean and Shan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Meghan.

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