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Gender: FMeaning of Mairead: "pearl"Origin of Mairead: Irish, shortened fom of Mairghread, variation of Margaret
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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.