Margaret Origin and Meaning

The name Margaret is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "pearl".

Margaret is derived from the French Marguerite, which in turn came from Margarita, the Latin form of the Greek Margarites. Margarites was based on the Old Persian word margārīta, meaning "pearl."

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.

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 1900s. An extremely well used name since medieval times, Margaret is still considered the Scottish national name.

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.

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Famous People Named Margaret

  • Saint MargaretAntiochene Virgin,Martyr
  • Saint Margaret of Wessex"The Pearl of Scotland"
  • MargaretMaid of Norway, Queen of Scots
  • Margaret IQueen of Denmark
  • Margaret of EnglandQueen consort of Alexander III of Scots
  • Margaret of DenmarkQueen consort of James III of Scots
  • Margaret TudorQueen consort of James IV of Scots
  • Margaret of AnjouQueen consort of Henry VI of England
  • Margaret of ValoisQueen consort of Henry IV of France
  • Margaret of BurgundyQueen consort of Louis X and I of France and Navarre
  • Margaret of ProvenceQueen consort of Louis IX of France
  • Margaret LeijonhufvudQueen consort of Gustav I of Sweden
  • Margaret of AustriaQueen consort of Philip III and II of Spain and Portugal
  • Margaret Hilda ThatcherBritish Prime Minister
  • Margaret RosePrincess of the U.K., Countess of Snowdon; sister of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Margaret Victoria Charlotte Augusta Norah of ConnaughtCrown Princess of the future King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
  • Margaret Munnerlyn MitchellAmerican novelist
  • Margaret Eleanor AtwoodCanadian novelist and poet
  • Margaret Higgins SangerAmerican birth control activist
  • Margaret Moran ChoAmerican comedienne
  • Margaret Peterson HaddixAmerican novelist
  • Margaret MeadAmerican anthropologist
  • Margaret TravoltaAmerican actress; sister of John Travolta
  • Margaret Wise BrownAmerican children's author
  • Margaret BourkeWhite, American photographer
  • Margaret Juliet "Marlo" ThomasAmerican actress
  • Margaret Grace Denigbirth name of Maggie Grace, American actress
  • Margaret Denise Quigleybirth name of Maggie Q, American actress
  • Margaret CourtAustralian tennis player
  • (Sarah) Margaret FullerAmerican feminist; transcendentalist writer and critic
  • Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" LawsonAmerican actress
  • Margaret Natalie "Maggie" SmithEnglish actress
  • Margaret Warner MorleyAmerican biologist and author
  • Margaret Floy WashburnAmerican psychologist
  • Margaret Gormanfirst Miss America (1921)
  • Margaret Grace BondfieldBritish feminist and Minister of Labour
  • Margaret DrabbleLady Holroyd, English novelist
  • Margaret StohlAmerican novelist
  • Margaret Edith WeisAmerican novelist
  • Margaret Constance "Maisie" WilliamsEnglish actress
  • Margaret Beaufortmother to King Henry VII of England
  • (Mary) Margaret Truman DanielAmerican singer and author, daughter of U.S. President Harry Truman
  • Margaret Lucas CavendishDuchess of Newcastle,upon,Tyne, English author and scientist
  • Margaret Mary Theodora Macdonalddaughter of 1st Canadian Prime Minister John Macdonald
  • Sarah Margaret QualleyAmerican model and actress
  • Margaret D. H. Keane (born Peggy Doris Hawkins)American painter, creator of the "big,eyed waifs" and subject of the Tim Burton film "Big Eyes"
  • Margaret GlaspyAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Margaret Heather "Maggie" Christian (b. 2006)daughter of American actress Kellie Martin
  • Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager (b. 2013)daughter of Jenna Bush Hager
  • Margaret Anne "Aurie" Jackson (b.2018)daughter of Matthew John Jackson
  • Margaret HamiltonAmerican computer scientist
  • Meg Ryan (born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra)American actress
  • Margaret "Marni" Nixon (born Margaret Nixon McEathron)American soprano and ghost singer

Margaret in Pop Culture

  • Margaret and Bessatsu MargaretJapanese shojo manga magazines
  • Margaret "Boots"character in Gregor The Overlander
  • Margaret "Mae" Borowskimain character in "Night in The Woods"
  • Margaret BrackenreidInspector Thomas Brackenreid's wife on CBC's "Murdoch Mysteries"
  • Margaret "Daisy" Brookecharacter in "Little Women"
  • Margaret "Peggy" Wanker Bundycharacter on TV's "Married with Children"
  • Margaret "Peggy" Cartercharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Margaret Dashwoodcharacter in "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
  • Margaret de Villeroycharacter in G. A. Henty's "At Agincourt"
  • Margaret "Maggie" Duvala character on MTV's "Scream", also Emma Duval's mother
  • Margaret of Eveshamcharacter in G. A. Henty's, "Winning His Spurs"
  • MargaretBaroness Falconbridge, character in "This Golden Land" by Barbara Wood
  • Margaret Halecharacter in Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South"
  • Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihancharacter on TV's "M*A*S*H"
  • Margaret Humphreyscharacter in film "Oranges and Sunshine"
  • Margaret Mildred "Kit" KittredgeAmerican Girl doll character
  • Margaret "Maggie" Langcharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Margaret "Meg" Marchcharacter in Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women"
  • Margaret "Meg" Mastersdemon on TV's "Supernatural"
  • Margaret "Meg" McCaffreycharacter in the "Trials of Apollo" book series
  • Margaret "Meg" Murrymain character in "A Wrinkle in Time"
  • Margaret "Maggie" Piercecharacter on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
  • Margaret "Meg" Pryormain character on TV's "American Dreams"
  • Margaret Ellen "Maggie" Sawyercharacter in DC Universe
  • Margaret Schlegelcharacter in E.M. Forster's "Howards End"
  • Margaret Katherine "Maggie" Seavercharacter on TV's "Growing Pains"
  • Margaret "Maggie" Sheffieldeldest daughter on TV's "The Nanny"
  • Margaret Simonmain character in "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume
  • Margaret Evelyn "Maggie" Simpsonbaby on TV's "The Simpsons"
  • Margaret Tatecharacter in film "The Proposal"
  • Margaret Wadecharacter in comic strip "Dennis the Menace"
  • Margaret "Meg" Chalmersmain character in Lois Lowry's "A Summer to Die"

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