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Gender: Female Meaning of Mairead: "pearl" Origin of Mairead: Irish, shortened fom of Mairghread, variation of Margaret

The name Mairead is a girl's name meaning "pearl". Mairead and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 Triplets Version (any gender)".

From the experts:

Pronounced MAW-rayt or ma-REYD, Mairead is close enough to Maureen to be accepted here. The name became popular in Ireland due to admiration for the saint of that name. Peig and Peigi are its Irish-language nicknames.

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Famous People Named Mairead

Mairead McKinley, Irish actress
Mairead Nesbitt, American fiddler with the group Celtic Woman
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Irish fiddler and lead vocalist for the group Altan
Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Northern Irish winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Mairead Carlin, Irish singer of group Celtic Woman
Mairead McGuinness, Irish MEP
Mairéad Byrne, Irish poet
Mairead Conlon, Irish singer
Mairead Curran, Australian actress
Mairead nighean Eachann, Countess of Buchan
Máiréad Ní Ghráda, Irish poet

Pop Culture References for the name Mairead

Mairead, main character in the Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon