Flower name, from English
"golden flower"

Marigold Origin and Meaning

The name Marigold is a girl's name of English origin meaning "golden flower".

Marigold, once found almost exclusively in English novels and aristocratic nurseries, is beginning to be talked about and considered here. It has a sweet, sunny, quirky feel. The marigold was the symbol of the Virgin Mary.

Marigold appears in several children's book titles, such as Magic for Marigold, Once Upon a Marigold and Marigold in Godmother's House, and in the adult Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym. On the TV show 1600 Penn, Marigold was the President's young daughter.

The name got a big boost from its use in the period drama Downton Abbey, in which it belongs to a sweet little girl – which no doubt helped to endear parents to the name! It has risen dramatically since then, and recently entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2022. We expect Marigold to be one to look out for as parents are looking for unique botanical names now that the previously offbeat Magnolia and Juniper are feeling less fresh.

# 833 in the US

Marigold Rank in US Top 1000

# 183 on Nameberry

Marigold Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Marigold Popularity

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Famous People Named Marigold

  • Marigold Frances Churchillfourth child of British PM Winston Churchill
  • Marigold Ann "Goldie" SempleAmerican actress
  • Marigold LintonAmerican psychologist

Marigold in Pop Culture

  • Marigold Lesleymain character in "Magic for Marigold" by L.M. Montgomery
  • Marigold Lextonmain character in 2007 film "Marigold"
  • Marigold Gilchristcharacter on TV's "1600 Penn"
  • Marigold Heavenly Nostrilscharacter in comic "Phoebe and Her Unicorn"
  • Marigold Shillingsworthcharacter in Xavier Herbert's "Capricornia" (1938)
  • MarigoldLady Edith's daughter on TV's "Downton Abbey"
  • "Marigold" song by Nirvana/Foo Fighters
  • Marigoldcharacter in comic 'Questionable Content'
  • Princess Marigoldcharacter from Gail Carson Levine's "Cinderellis and the Glass Hill"
  • Symbolicallythe marigold stands for sacred affection, but it can also represent both grief and jealousy.
  • The marigold has long been valued for its ability to strengthen and comfort the heart.
  • MarigoldDolphin and Star's mum in "The Illustrated Mum"
  • Marigoldis the daughter of King Midas in Greek Mythology