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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

May Robson, Australian-American actress
May Sarton, American poet, novelist, and memoirist
Lady May Abel Smith, member of the British Royal Family
Princess May (Mary of Teck), Queen consort of the U.K.
Dame May Whitty, English stage and film actress
Louisa May Alcott, author
Miranda May Kerr, supermodel
May O'Donnell, American dancer/choreographer
May Pang, former girlfriend of John Lennon
May J., Japanese pop singer
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
May Gibbs, Australian 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
May Wang Chinese actress

Pop Culture References for the name May

Aunt May, from Marvel comics' 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".

May's International Variations

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