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

Mairead Origin and Meaning

The name Mairead is a girl's name meaning "pearl".

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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Nameofthewind Says:


I love this name. I knew someone by this name who would say "it's like parade with an m" and that seemed to help people remember the pronunciation.

ambercat Says:


I know what you mean; when I attempt to say it, the name comes out as sounding like the opposite of single.

irishdancer428 Says:


-ead in Irish is pronounced ayd. Similar to Sinead

irishdancer428 Says:


Ma- rayd

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iipostmvh Says:


I just am having a hard time with the pronunciation. Especially the 2nd one. I can't get it for some reason.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I know someone named this (Ma-REYD pronunciation). It's really pretty.

kpearl8 Says:


It's actually Scottish