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Gender: Female Meaning of Maggie: "pearl" Origin of Maggie: Diminutive of Margaret Maggie's Popularity in 2017: #247

The name Maggie is a girl's name of English origin meaning "pearl". Maggie is ranked #247 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Rock Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Maggie is a cute, earthy short form that has been in style for several decades now, still sometimes used as an independent name by such parents as Jon Stewart. First used in Scotland, it got a large bump in popularity via the 1971 Rod Stewart hit song "Maggie May." Today's Maggie might just as well be short for a more adventurous name such as Magdalena or Magnolia as for the classic Margaret.

Maggie Gyllenhaal was born Margaret.

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Famous People Named Maggie

Margaret Natalie "Maggie" Smith, English actress
Margaret Hilda "Maggie" Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, British prime minister
Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" Lawson, American actress
Maggie Grace (born Margaret Grace Denig), American actress
Margolit Ruth "Maggie" Gyllenhaal, American actress
Maggie Elizabeth Jones, American child actress
Maggie Q (born Margaret Denise Quigley), American actress
Maggie May, American model
Maggie Stiefvater, American novelist
Maggie Shiu (Mei-kei), Hong Kong actress
Maggie Cheung Ho-yee, Hong Kong actress
Maggie Cheung (Man-yuk), Hong Kong actress
Margaret "Maggie" Jones, English actress
Maggie Ma, Canadian actress
Maggie Tabberer (born Margaret May Trigar), Australian fashion and media personality
Maggie Eckford, better known as Ruelle, American singer-songwriter
Maggie Macfadyen, daughter of actor Matthew Macfadyen
Maggie McGraw, daughter of country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Maggie Siff, American actress
Maggie Rose Stewart (b. 2006), daughter of American comedian Jon Stewart

Pop Culture References for the name Maggie

Mary Margaret "Maggie" Stone, character on soap "All My Children"
Maggie Tulliver, protagonist in George Eliot's novel "The Mill on the Floss"
Maggie Walsh, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Maggie Pesky, fly on animated series "The Buzz on Maggie"
Margaret "Maggie" Horton, character on soap "Days of Our Lives"
Margaret Ellen "Maggie" Sawyer, police officer in DC Comics and TV's "Supergirl"
Margaret Katherine "Maggie" Seaver, mom on TV's "Growing Pains"
Margaret "Maggie" Simpson, baby on TV's "The Simpsons"
Maggie Greene, character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Maggie Langston, character in TV's "Resurrection"
Maggie Jordan, character on TV's "The Newsroom"
Mary Margaret "Maggie" O'Connell, character on TV's "Northern Exposure"
Maggie, cow in Disney's "Home on the Range"
Maggie A. Beckett, character on TV's "Sliders"
Margaret Ann "Maggie" Doyle, character on Australian TV's "Blue Heelers"
"Maggie May," song by Rod Stewart
"Maggie Mae," folk song covered by the Beatles
"Maggie M'Gill" song by the Doors
Margaret "Maggie" Pierce, character on "Grey's Anatomy"
Maggie Lang, character in the movie "Ant-Man"
Margaret "Maggie" Duval, a character on MTV's "Scream," also Emma Duval's mother
Magnolia "Maggie" Lacivi, character in webcomic Ava's Demon
Maggie, character on TV's "Into the Dark"

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SouthernPeach Says:


This is such a cute nn for Magnolia

LaulenaG Says:


I'm sorry but I cannot stand this name. Maggot. Hag. Too many negative associations and an unpleasant, harsh sound that somehow manages not to sound strong (as opposed to the harsh yet strong Gwen, for instance).

MaggieVP Says:


Maggie is my name. Short for Margaret, and named after my great grandma! I love it!

Maggie Says:


I was named Meaghan but have always been called Maggie. I'm not sure why my parents did this since they never intended to call me Meaghan. It has been pointed out to me a lot that "Meggie" would make more sense. I am the only person I have ever heard of who uses Maggie as a nickname for any form of Megan.

MaggieM910 Says:


I'm named after Rod Stewarts song.

Margaret kabwe Says:


My name is margaret l,just love this name and it's meaning .so powerful .

Yessica Says:


Used to hate this name.... it's growing on me though.

Yessica Says:


I don't like the G sound but I like Maggie.
As a name not a nickname to *shudders* Margaret

teacupsandtiaras Says:


Not a fan, though I like the meaning.

Maggie Says:


I agree my fellow Maggie!

maggieclomiro Says:


I dont think that was nice my name is Maggie

maggieclomiro Says:


My name is also Maggie not Margaret not anything else just Maggie

Maggie Says:


My name is Maggie

Imma Lion Says:


Haha me too

indiefendi2 Says:


Maggie is an ugly name in my opinion but I *kinda* see the cuteness in it.

RandomPersonChatting Says:


That's my name! I always thought it sounded weird

Bobcat108 Says:


I think I just don't like any name w/a hard G sound in it. Maggie, Agatha, Agnes, Margaret, Gabriella, Gladys, Peggy...nope. That's just me, though. I'm sure there are plenty of names that I like that others would find unattractive!

Guest Says:


That's the main reason why I've never liked this name.

Hydra Says:


Maggots.....just, I'm sorry, maggots......

NaomiNY Says:


Me, too! It's a great nickname for Margaret :)

mabespark Says:


I love this as a nickname. It's sweet, beautiful, and strong. I think it would fit any girl.