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Gender: Female Meaning of Margaret: "pearl" Origin of Margaret: Greek Margaret's Popularity in 2018: #127

Margaret Origin and Meaning

The name Margaret is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "pearl".

Margaret is a rich, classic name used for queens and saints. Margaret was replaced for decades by less starchy forms like Maggie and Meg, but some stylish parents are reviving Margaret in full, attracted by its strong sound and classic status, as an alternative to Elizabeth or Katherine.

Margaret is also an important family name for many people, having ranked near the top through the first half of the 1900s. An extremely well used name since medieval times, Margaret is still considered the Scottish national name.

Margaret has been one of the most Christian and royal of female names—attached to the patron saint of women in childbirth and to various queens and princesses in England, Scandinavia, Austria, and the Netherlands, and to the first female prime minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher.

If you're honoring an ancestral Margaret, there are many fresh and new alternatives, from the French Marguerite—very stylish in Paris—to the diminutive Margo (or Margot). In French, Marguerite is another word for daisy, making Daisy another appropriate Margaret short form or honorific, as is Maisie. Other offspring of Margaret include Madge, Marjorie/Margery, Megan, Molly, Polly, Peggy, Greta, and Rita.

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Popularity

Rank in US: #127

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Comments

howard18 Says:

2019-07-02T13:04:52

My daughter’s name is Margaret Jane. We liked all the nickname options and called her Margie while she was in utero, and for a little while after, but wound up calling her by her full name. We love it and people always compliment her for her pretty name.

meglet713 Says:

2019-05-10T23:11:20

I'm a Margaret that goes by Meg- I adore it. I went mostly by Margaret all throughout K-12 and now I go by Meg exclusively. To me it's like having two names that both fit my personality. But if you live in the Midwest and have a Meg, be warned: she may be mistaken as a "Mag" quite often.

meglet713 Says:

2019-05-10T23:04:55

I'm a Margaret Elizabeth!

kapaza Says:

2019-01-20T15:43:30

We use the nn "Aurie" for our Margaret.

Daiseymae Says:

2019-01-15T20:22:28

I quite like your name!

Megan Sheldahl Says:

2018-11-02T18:22:32

This was my step-great-grandmother's name. I never got to see her very much, but she was an extremely nice person and always showed us her love for the entire family. She's passed on now, but she's always going to live on through our hearts, and even through my own name, Megan. Love you Gramma <3

libbyofMN Says:

2018-10-26T20:10:25

My baby daughter's name is Margaret, and everyone calls her something different: Mag, Margaret, Margie--I call her Maggie. The name is perfect. Someday she'll pick the version she likes best!

rubylark Says:

2018-09-15T15:23:08

I used to not like Margaret, but now I really like it with Meg as a nickname!

ClassyCarolinaGirl Says:

2018-05-28T07:38:03

Very sharp and covertly beautiful name.

burg123 Says:

2018-04-27T16:59:16

There is a girl in my grade named Margaret and she goes by Maggie.

TheNameWitch Says:

2017-09-19T10:54:06

Ivy is pretty but Storm? I'm sure you'd be worn out by it by the time you were 15. My name is Hilary which is pretty normal and the Hillary Clinton association alone make meeting new people pretty much unbearable. I can't imagine what middle schoolers would do to a name like storm. Plus, I'm not sure if such a destructive name would weather a storm.

Ella Says:

2017-09-16T17:18:06

I have a friend named Margaret and she is very sweet.She claimed people think her name is too boring but is it really?

Maggie Walker Says:

2017-03-05T02:39:24

I agree 100% Maggie for everyday, Margaret when I mean business!!! LOL

Thepandaprincess223 Says:

2017-02-24T07:30:21

I personally really do not like Maragaret. If this was my name I would insist on being called Maggie

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-27T21:22:41

I feel that I *could* love this name, but I can't get over the Margaret Thatcher association just yet. (I'm in the UK, btw.) I can't stand the name Thatcher, for the same reason, although it's not my style, in any case.

megan_margaret Says:

2016-11-27T06:38:30

My name is Megan Margaret, also after my grandmother. I love the sound of it, but sometimes I wish my name was just Margaret, because Megan is so common.

lirio Says:

2016-11-08T02:59:38

Those names are not 'feminized' variations, they're French!

beachbear Says:

2016-11-08T02:47:14

Margaret is an excellent name, like a classic Burberry coat. If this were my name, for short I'd be Molly, Greta, or Meg.

Connor Lawrence Richey Says:

2016-11-08T01:25:33

Does it mean some boys have had that name?

MaggieLiuKelly Says:

2016-10-28T17:01:29

I'm a Margaret and I grew up with 4 friends also named Margaret. Our brothers played baseball together from t-ball on through to HS and while they'd play ball, we'd run wild. Our moms pretty much just yelled "Margaret" every few minutes to keep all 5 of us in check at once. We were all in the same classes and it got to be confusing as all get out for our first grade teacher so we were told to find nicknames. I chose Maggie. Then there was Margo, Peggy, Alice (her middle name), and Margie. We all still use Margaret as our names, but for day-to-day and such, we keep our nicknames. The 5 of us got into a lot of trouble on the playground though. We got picked on for having an "old lady name" but they learned quickly that Margarets are fierce little 'princesses' who aren't afraid to get dirty. haha

maggiemary Says:

2016-05-26T09:37:29

My grandfather is originally from the UK, and his first thought when my parents announced my name, was Margaret Thatcher. This was despite the fact he had moved to the US years before she became PM, and in fact had become an American citizen by that point, but obviously he still had his family back in the UK (mainly in Wales). He had family who were coal miners, so given Thatcher's history with the miners, that didn't help matters.

Thankfully he grew to love it, and he now says he only smiles when he hears the name!

RoddyThlayli Says:

2016-03-26T20:53:28

There were a few boys names Margaret every year for a while at the end of the 1800s and beginning of the 1900s in the US, but not after. In other countries, I don't know.

connor Says:

2016-03-26T19:59:29

Do some boys have this name?

peachysugarbuns Says:

2016-03-17T03:58:15

Marge is my favorite nickname for Margaret, especially when they're young. Adorbs!

peachysugarbuns Says:

2016-03-17T03:57:09

If I ever have a daughter she'll be called Margaret. I've never met a Margaret I didn't completely adore - young or elderly. (There are wonderful Margarets on both my husband and my side of the family.) A plethora of nicknames make Margaret all the more fun!

EW314 Says:

2016-01-29T07:41:58

Margaret is a lovely name - classic but unusual, strong and spunky. I love the -et ending for girls.

I dislike Marguerite as a more "feminine" alternative. Margaret is a beautiful, understated, feminine name but Marguerite just seems a little OTT. I feel the same way about "feminized" spellings of other lovely names, such as Juliette instead of Juliet, Isabelle instead of Isabel, Vivienne instead of Vivien, or even Violette instead of Violet. I know these are all legitimate variations, but they just seem unnecessarily frilly and cutesy to me, compared to the subtle, sophisticated beauty of the pared-back spellings.

A young Margaret would really stand out in a class of Evies, Tillies and Laylas, and for all the right reasons!

AlexxisLynn Says:

2015-12-14T01:26:14

I absolutely adore Margaret! Lovely and flowing.

AriellaBar Says:

2015-11-01T22:12:10

A regal classic that's beautiful in its full form but with many lovely nicknames: Margot, Maggie, Daisy, Pearl, Greta, Midge, Rita, and more.

cabosanmucus Says:

2015-10-26T20:32:28

I saw on behindthename that in the late 1800s up until 1940 there were a lot of men named Margaret. I thought my eyes were deceiving me!!!

Megan Payne Says:

2015-10-24T14:06:46

Hahaha!

Megan Payne Says:

2015-10-24T14:05:50

My birth name is Margaret and growing up I always hated it, thought it sounded old. From the day I was born my parents called me Megan and it always stuck. I'm named after my grandmother. It's nice to see a young girl like you appreciate the name

MargaretsMommy Says:

2015-10-22T19:09:20

truly defines my marge

MargaretsMommy Says:

2015-10-22T19:07:39

my daughters name is Margaret Lilian i absolutely love her name it just beautiful to roll off the tongue

claracooks Says:

2015-09-22T20:42:31

i love this name! There are a line of Margarets on DH's side of the family. I would love to continue the line, but it's popularity might be a bit much

priviledgedpistachios Says:

2015-09-05T13:21:36

I like this name, Daisy, Marlo or Pearl being my favorite nicknames. But I do like Marguerite a bit better

MonaBerry Says:

2015-08-30T00:42:56

People had street parties in the UK when Margaret Thatcher died. They sang 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead'.

Definite no no for me, even if I do love Dame Maggie Smith's Violet Crawley in Downton Abbey.

Jo Jo Says:

2015-08-06T22:12:31

Margaret, she's quiet and contemplative. She smiles before she answers a question. Margaret wears oxfords and pleated wool skirts. She would likely hold a funeral for her pet goldfish. Her pigtails are braided. Oh, Margaret.

hopefullypeterson Says:

2015-07-27T04:32:40

My name is Margaret, I have never gone by any other nicknames (unless it's a very close friend). Wish my name was different. My mother almost named me Ivy or Storm... Would have preferred that actually, many people pronounce it "Mar-GRIT" instead of "Mar-guh-RET" like it's suppose to be said. Loses it's beauty that way

Zelliew Says:

2015-07-17T10:54:11

It's just an ordinary type of name that has fallen into disfavour

wavygirl Says:

2015-05-29T09:37:40

You're right!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ThistleThorn Says:

2015-04-13T22:44:39

I actually think of this as an everyday girl kind of name.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-03-13T06:51:22

Lovely classic name, with many, many, many great nicknames to make your own. Can't really go wrong with Margaret.

PineWarrior Says:

2014-12-18T11:38:06

Meg, Maggie, Midge. . . the list goes on for nicknames~

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-12-11T19:29:42

I'm not sure if I like this name or not. It has a nice classic feel and the nickname Marge is cute, but at the same time it feels a bit worn and overexposed.

Leah3456 Says:

2014-11-15T14:06:23

At my university, I know so many Margarets' who go by the nickname Maggie. It's such a pretty, classic name.

maggiemary Says:

2014-11-11T12:14:04

This is my name and I love it. My parents criteria for names, was ones that are built to last, names which weather the storms of fashion. Margaret does this.

There are plenty of "cute" nicknames that a Margaret can use on a day to day basis (I chose Maggie). I like having my informal name Maggie as my everyday name, but having the formal Margaret to fall back on.

It isn't frilly, yet it's a bona fide princess name, with regal quality.

Hydra Says:

2014-09-06T15:56:04

I don't understand the hype; this name is so ugly. It's harsh and reminds of migraines. But, whatever. Everyone has their own opinions.

sashapizzarova Says:

2014-07-23T16:44:54

How people can think the beautiful name Cordelia is pretentious but like this name is beyond me. This is the most pretentious name in the world!

Margaret Ashton Says:

2014-07-02T15:27:24

My name is Margaret and I do not use nicknames. As a 16-year-old, this makes me stand out. It's a bautiful, classic name!

Guest Says:

2014-06-17T14:57:53

This name is growing on me but it's toooooo formal for me.

AnonymousPerson Says:

2014-06-12T13:15:33

The "arg" part makes the name gravelly and jagged to me, but it's all right if you use a nickname.

Sunshine Kid Says:

2014-03-06T13:35:55

Forget Elizabeth, Margaret is absolutely beautiful.