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Gender: F Meaning of Marguerite: "pearl; daisy" Origin of Marguerite: French variation of Margaret; also a flower name

Marguerite is a classic French name with a remnant of old-fashioned Gallic charm; and is also a variety of daisy. Chic again in Paris, it's definitely ripe for revival here.

Another reason you might want to consider it: Saint Marguerite was an adventurous 17th century nun who set up schools throughout wilderness Quebec. Marguerite has also been a French royal name.

Marguerite was in the Top 100 in this country from 1890 to 1921.

Probably its most famous fictional bearer is Marguerite Gautier, tragic heroine of the Alexandre Dumas novel La Dame aux Camelias, known in film as Camille and played most notably by Greta Garbo. Marguerite is also the heroine of Gounod's Faust and the Scarlet Pimpernel novels.

Marguerite Duras wrote many novels, plays and films, most notably the bestselling L'Amant (The Lover,) which became a successful film, and she also was the screenwriter of Hiroshima mon amour.

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite; it was her younger brother who shortened it.

Famous People Named Marguerite

Marguerite de Valois, French queen, wife of Henri IV
Marguerite Georges, French actress
Marguerite Moreau, American actress
Marguerite MacIntyre, American actress
Marguerite Henry, American writer
Marguerite Luksik, American politician from Pennsylvania
Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist
Marguerite Patten, British cookery writer and television cook
Marguerite Ann Johnson, birth name of American author Maya Angelou (d. 2014)
Marguerite Duras, French writer and film director
Marguerite Stimpson, American actress
Marguerite Monnot, French composer and songwriter
Marguerite Chapman, American actress (d. 1999)
Marguerite Bennett, American comic book writer

Pop Culture References for the name Marguerite

Marguerite King, in the US movie Swing High, Swing Low
Marguerite, Greta Garbo's character in Camille (1936)
Marguerite, main female character and wife of Sir Percy Blakeney
in 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' film and books.
Marguerite Caine, main protagonist in A Thousand Pieces of You, a YA book [series soon] by Claudia Gray aka Amy Vincent.
Marguerite, wife of Eddie in 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven'