Pronounced MAW-rayt or ma-REYD, Mairead is close enough to Maureen to be accepted here. The name became popular in Ireland due to admiration for the saint of that name. Peig and Peigi are its Irish-language nicknames.
Mairead McKinley - award-winning Irish actress.
MaireadNesbitt - a fiddler with the group Celtic Woman.
Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh - the fiddler and lead vocalist for the group Altan
Mairead Philpott - British woman convicted of manslaughter after her 6 children were killed
MaireadMaguire, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize