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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

Margaret Ruth "Maggie" Gyllenhaal - American actress
Margaret Grace "Maggie" Denig - American actress
Margaret Hilda Thatcher - former English Prime Minister
Margaret Mitchell - American author
Margaret Cho - American comedian
Margaret Peterson Haddix - American author
Margaret Mead - American anthropologist
Margaret Travolta - American actress; sister of John
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 of Anjou, Queen consort of King Henry VI of England
Margaret Beaufort, mother to King Henry VII of England
Margaret Atwood - Canadian author
Margaret Drabble - British author
Margaret Stohl, American author
Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" Lawson, actress on the American TV show "Psych"
Dame Margaret Natalie "Maggie" Smith DBE, British Actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Margaret

Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, book by Judy Blume
Margaret Hale, in Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North and South
Margaret "Maggie" Sheffield, oldest daughter on The Nanny
Margaret Mildred "Kit" Kittredge, of the American Girl dolls
Margaret "Meg" March, in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
Margaret 'Daisy' Brooke, in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
Margaret Houlihan, in the US television show M*A*S*H
Margaret "Meg" Pryor, main character of American Dreams
Mary Margaret Blanchard, from American TV show Once Upon A Time
Margaret Katherine "Maggie" Seaver, character from Growing Pains
Margaret "Meg" Murry, protagonist of "A Wrinkle in Time"
Margaret Humphreys, from the movie "Oranges and Sunshine"
Margaret Tate, from the movie "The Proposal"
Margaret "Meg" Masters, a demon from American TV show Supernatural
Margaret "Maggie" Simpson, of 'The Simpsons'
Lady Margaret, baroness Falconbridge, character from This golden land, by Barbara Wood

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