Welsh diminutive of Margaret

Megan Origin and Meaning

The name Megan is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "pearl".

Megan originally evolved from Meg, which itself derived as a nickname for Margaret. Margaret ultimately comes from the Greek word margarites, meaning "pearl." Megan is no longer a common nickname for Margaret—it is most often used as a full name. Other spellings include Meghan, Meagan, Megyn, and Meaghan.

One of the most popular Welsh names ever in the US—it was Number 10 in the 1990s—Megan is still widely used today, but waning. It fell to its lowest ranking in 50 years in 2017. Actress Megan Fox has upped its glam factor. We've yet to see how the popularity of the new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, affects all the spellings of her name.

# 729 in the US

Megan Rank in US Top 1000

# 363 on Nameberry

Megan Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Megan Popularity

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