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Gender: F Origin of May: Diminutive of Margaret and Mary; month name

May is a sweet old-fashioned name that hasn't been on the national charts in several decades, but is definitely sounding fresh and springlike. Parents are beginning to see it once more as one of the prettiest middle name options. May was as high on the list as Number 57 in the 1880s; it's now 228 on Nameberry.

May started as one of the innumerable pet forms of Mary and Margaret, as well as a springtime month name along with April and June. She's represented in literature by May Bartram in Henry James's The Beast in the Jungle and May Welland in Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence.

Actresses Emily Morton and Madeline Stowe named their daughters May, and Eric Clapton and Jodie Sweetin used it in middle place for theirs.

Famous People Named May

Mary Jeanette "May" Robson, Australian-American actress
Eleanore Marie "May" Sarton, American poet, novelist, and memoirist
May Helen Emma Abel Smith, British noblewoman
May, nickname of Mary of Teck, Queen consort of the U.K.
May Whitty (born Mary Louise Webster), English actress
Louisa May Alcott, American novelist
Miranda May Kerr, Australian supermodel
May O'Donnell, American dancer/choreographer
May Fung Yee Pang, American former girlfriend of musician John Lennon
May J. (born May Hashimoto), Japanese pop singer
May Allison, American actress
May Britt, Swedish actress
(Abigail) May Alcott Nieriker, American artist and sister of Louisa May Alcott
May Rose Nivola, daughter of English actress Emily Mortimer
(Cecilia) May Gibbs, Australian children's author
May Theodora Benben, daughter of actress Madeleine Stowe
Scarlett May Stuber (b. 2015), daughter of model Molly Sims
May Mcavoy, American silent film actress

Pop Culture References for the name May

May Parker aka Aunt May, character in the Spider-Man series
May Welland, character from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
May, main female character in Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
May, the main female character in the Pokemon Advanced anime series saga
Maggie May, song by Rod Stewart
May Singer, sister of America Singer, The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass
May Kusekabe from Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro
Melinda May, character in Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
May Clutterbucket, a character from the Disney Channel Series "Girl Meets World".
Anna May Bates, character from Downton Abbey
Christine May Riccio, Booktuber

May's International Variations

Maj (Scandinavian) Mai (French) Maggia (Italian)