French, diminutive of Margaret

Margot Origin and Meaning

The name Margot is a girl's name of French origin meaning "pearl".

Margot is suddenly a star again. After a nearly-half century absence, it hopped back on the Top 1000 list in 2013 and is on the rise. The Margot spelling is now given to three times as many baby girls as the Margo one.

Makes sense, as Margot is a name that has a lot going for it: spelled with or without the final 't', it's one of the few girls’ names with the dynamic o-ending sound; it's familiar, yet uncommon enough to be distinctive.

Margot originated as a French pet form of Marguerite, a name that ultimately derived from the Greek margarites, meaning "pearl." Other spellings include Margo and Margaux. Margaux Hemingway was originally Margot but changed the spelling to honor the wine from the French village of Margaux that was drunk by her parents on the night she was conceived.

Movie buffs will remember Bette Davis's archetypal role as Margo Channing in All About Eve (the actress named her own daughter Margot), while balletomanes will associate the name with the great English dancer Margot Fonteyn (born Margaret).

In the film Margot at the Wedding, Margot was played by Nicole Kidman; in The Royal Tenenbaums, Gwyneth Paltrow was Margot T. Gorgeous Australian actress Margot Robbie has made an impact here in the film The Wolf of Wall Street.

# 148 in the US

Margot Rank in US Top 1000

# 34 on Nameberry

Margot Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Margot Popularity

Famous People Named Margot

  • Margot Fonteyn (de Arias) (born Margaret Evelyn Hookham)English ballerina
  • Margot Betti Franksister of diarist Anne Frank
  • Margaret Ruth "Margot" KidderAmerican actress
  • Margot Susanna AdlerAmerican radio journalist
  • Margot Elise RobbieAustralian actress
  • Margot HielscherGerman singer/actress
  • Margot EskensGerman pop singer
  • Carolyn "Margot" aka Rollolate Nameberry user
  • Margot Cullum (b. 2013)daughter of singer Jamie Cullum and model Sophie Dahl
  • Margot Joyce (b. 2015)daughter of TV personality Dan Joyce of Dirty Sanchez
  • Margot Brown (b. 2016)daughter of actors Jessie Cave and Alfie Brown

Margot in Pop Culture

  • Margot Song Coveycharacter in "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" series by Jenny Han
  • Margot Tenenbaumcharacter in film "The Royal Tenenbaums"
  • Margot Leadbettercharacter on TV's "The Good Life"
  • Margot Sleatorcharacter on TV's "Channel Zero"
  • Margot Vergercharacter in the Hannibal Lecter series
  • Margotmain character in Ray Bradbury story "All Summer in a Day"
  • Margotcharacter in film "Legally Blonde"