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Gender: F Meaning of Mae: "bitter" Origin of Mae: Diminutive of Margaret Mae's Popularity in 2013: #674

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Mae, a sweet and springlike old-fashioned name, hadn't been on the national charts in forty years, but finally made it back in 2010 -- and has since climbed quite a bit. Mae is one of the prettiest middle name options (Eric Clapton has an Ella Mae, Greg Kinnear an Audrey Mae, Ian Ziering a Penna Mae). The May spelling makes it more of a month name, while Mae makes it an antique nickname name. Both can stand on their own--as seen by Kathryn Hahn's choice of Mae as her daughter's first name.

Mae, a top 100 name through 1920, was big in early film history--there were leading actresses named Mae Clarke, Mae Marsh, Mae Busch and Mae Murray. Towering over them (figuratively) was Mae West, who changed the name from sweet to sexy. This image continued with Madonna's character in A League of Their Own, known as 'All the way Mae.'

Mae Jemisen was the first African-American woman to travel in space. Currently, Mae Whitman is a rising young actress seen on Parenthood and Arrested Development.

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Famous People Named Mae

Anna Mae Bullock, American singer (known as Tina Turner)
Mae Clarke, American actress
K'Mari Mae Epps, daughter of actor Omar Epps
Mae Jemison, American astronaut
Pemma Mae Krumholtz (b. 2014), daughter of David Krumholtz
Mae Questel, American actress
Mae West, American actress
Mae Whitman, American actress
(Johnnie) Mae Young, American professional wrestler
Mae Lapres, model

Pop Culture References for the Name Mae

Mae Mobley - The Help
Mae, Jimmy's wife from, "Cinderella Man"
Mae "Maeby" Funke- Arrested Developement
Mae from pokemon
Mae, from movie "Secondhand Lions" played by Kyra Sedgwick
Mae, character in "Where'd You Go, Bernadette"