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Gender: F Meaning of Margaret: "pearl" Origin of Margaret: Greek Margaret's Popularity in 2013: #181

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Margaret is a rich, classic name used for queens and saints. Margaret was replaced for decades by less starchy forms like Maggie and Meg, but some stylish parents are reviving Margaret in full, attracted by its strong sound and classic status, as an alternative to Elizabeth or Katherine.

Margaret is also an important family name for many people, having ranked near the top through the first half of the 1900's. An extremely well used name since medieval times, Margaret is still considered the Scottish national name.

Margaret has been one of the most Christian and royal of female names--attached to the patron saint of women in childbirth and to various queens and princesses in England, Scandinavia, Austria and the Netherlands, and to the first female prime minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher.

If you're honoring an ancestral Margaret, there are many fresh and new alternatives, from the French Marguerite -- very stylish in Paris -- to the diminutive Margo (or Margot). In French, Marguerite is another word for daisy, making Daisy another appropriate Margaret short form or honorific, as is Maisie. Other offspring of Margaret include Madge, Marjorie/Margery, Megan, Molly, Polly, Peggy, Greta and Rita.

Famous People Named Margaret

Saint Margaret, Antiochene Virgin-Martyr
Saint Margaret of Scotland, English princess of the House of Wessex
Margaret Ruth "Maggie" Gyllenhaal, American actress
Margaret Grace "Maggie" Denig, American actress
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, British Prime Minister
Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell, American novelist
Margaret Moran Cho, American comedienne
Margaret Peterson Haddix, American author
Margaret Mead, American anthropologist
Margaret Travolta, American actress; sister of John Travolta
Margaret Wise Brown, American children's author
Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer
Margaret "Marlo" Thomas, American actress
Margaret Court, Australian tennis player
Margaret Warner Morley, American biologist and author
Margaret Floy Washburn, American psychologist
Margaret Gorman, Miss America 1921
Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
Margaret of Anjou, Queen consort of King Henry VI of England
Margaret Beaufort, mother to King Henry VII of England
Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist and poet
Margaret Drabble, British author
Margaret Stohl, American author
(Mary) Margaret Truman Daniel, American singer and author, daughter of U.S. President Harry Truman
Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" Lawson, American actress
Margaret Natalie "Maggie" Smith, English actress
Margaret, Maid of Norway, Queen of Scots
Margaret of York, Duchess consort of Burgundy
Margaret Victoria Charlotte Augusta Norah of Connaught, Crown Princess of Sweden
Margaret of Valois, Queen of France
Margaret of Bavaria, Duchess consort of Burgundy
Margaret III of Dampierre, last Countess of Flanders
Margaret II of Avesnes, Countess of Hainaut and Holland
Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy
Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, English author and scientist

Pop Culture References for the Name Margaret

Margaret Simon, main character in "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume
Margaret Hale, character in Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South"
Margaret "Maggie" Sheffield, oldest daughter on TV's "The Nanny"
Margaret Mildred "Kit" Kittredge, American Girl character
Margaret "Meg" March, character in "Little Women"
Margaret 'Daisy' Brooke, character in "Little Women"
Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, character on TV's "M*A*S*H"
Margaret "Meg" Pryor, main character on TV's "American Dreams"
Mary Margaret Blanchard, character on TV's "Once Upon A Time"
Margaret Katherine "Maggie" Seaver, character on TV's "Growing Pains"
Margaret "Meg" Murry, main character in "A Wrinkle in Time"
Margaret Humphreys, character in movie "Oranges and Sunshine"
Margaret Tate, character in movie "The Proposal"
Margaret "Meg" Masters, demon on TV's "Supernatural"
Margaret "Maggie" Simpson, baby on TV's 'The Simpsons'
Lady Margaret, Baroness Falconbridge, character in "This Golden Land" by Barbara Wood

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