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Gender: Female Meaning of Margaret: "pearl" Origin of Margaret: Greek Margaret's Popularity in 2017: #132

The name Margaret is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "pearl". Margaret is ranked #132 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "If I had 8 daughters whose names started with...".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Margaret

Saint Margaret, Antiochene Virgin-Martyr
Saint Margaret of Wessex, "The Pearl of Scotland"
Margaret, Maid of Norway, Queen of Scots
Margaret I, Queen of Denmark
Margaret of England, Queen consort of Alexander III of Scots
Margaret of Denmark, Queen consort of James III of Scots
Margaret Tudor, Queen consort of James IV of Scots
Margaret of Anjou, Queen consort of Henry VI of England
Margaret of Valois, Queen consort of Henry IV of France
Margaret of Burgundy, Queen consort of Louis X and I of France and Navarre
Margaret of Provence, Queen consort of Louis IX of France
Margaret Leijonhufvud, Queen consort of Gustav I of Sweden
Margaret of Austria, Queen consort of Philip III and II of Spain and Portugal
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, British Prime Minister
Margaret Rose, Princess of the U.K., Countess of Snowdon; sister of Queen Elizabeth II
Margaret Victoria Charlotte Augusta Norah of Connaught, Crown Princess of the future King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell, American novelist
Margaret Eleanor Atwood, Canadian novelist and poet
Margaret Higgins Sanger, American birth control activist
Margaret Moran Cho, American comedienne
Margaret Peterson Haddix, American novelist
Margaret Mead, American anthropologist
Margaret Travolta, American actress; sister of John Travolta
Margaret Wise Brown, American children's author
Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer
Margaret Juliet "Marlo" Thomas, American actress
Margaret Grace Denig, birth name of Maggie Grace, American actress
Margaret Denise Quigley, birth name of Maggie Q, American actress
Margaret Court, Australian tennis player
(Sarah) Margaret Fuller, American feminist; transcendentalist writer and critic
Margaret Cassidy "Maggie" Lawson, American actress
Margaret Natalie "Maggie" Smith, English actress
Margaret Warner Morley, American biologist and author
Margaret Floy Washburn, American psychologist
Margaret Gorman, first Miss America (1921)
Margaret Grace Bondfield, British feminist and Minister of Labour
Margaret Drabble, Lady Holroyd, English novelist
Margaret Stohl, American novelist
Margaret Edith Weis, American novelist
Margaret Constance "Maisie" Williams, English actress
Margaret Beaufort, mother to King Henry VII of England
(Mary) Margaret Truman Daniel, American singer and author, daughter of U.S. President Harry Truman
Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, English author and scientist
Margaret Mary Theodora Macdonald, daughter of 1st Canadian Prime Minister John Macdonald
(Sarah) Margaret Qualley, American model and actress
Margaret D. H. Keane (born Peggy Doris Hawkins), American painter, creator of the "big-eyed waifs" and subject of the Tim Burton film "Big Eyes"
Margaret Glaspy, American singer-songwriter
Margaret Heather "Maggie" Christian (b. 2006), daughter of American actress Kellie Martin
Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager (b. 2013), daughter of Jenna Bush Hager

Pop Culture References for the name Margaret

Margaret Simon, main character in "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume
Margaret Hale, character in Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South"
Margaret "Maggie" Sheffield, eldest daughter on TV's "The Nanny"
Margaret Mildred "Kit" Kittredge, American Girl doll character
Margaret "Meg" March, character in Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women"
Margaret 'Daisy' Brooke, character in "Little Women"
Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, character on TV's "M*A*S*H"
Margaret "Meg" Pryor, main character on TV's "American Dreams"
Mary Margaret Blanchard, character on TV's "Once Upon A Time"
Margaret Katherine "Maggie" Seaver, character on TV's "Growing Pains"
Margaret "Meg" Murry, main character in "A Wrinkle in Time"
Margaret Humphreys, character in film "Oranges and Sunshine"
Margaret Tate, character in film "The Proposal"
Margaret "Meg" Masters, demon on TV's "Supernatural"
Margaret of Evesham, character in G. A. Henty's, "Winning His Spurs"
Margaret Evelyn "Maggie" Simpson, baby on TV's "The Simpsons"
Margaret "Maggie" Pierce, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Margaret Wade, character in comic strip "Dennis the Menace"
Margaret "Peggy" Wanker Bundy, character on TV's "Married with Children"
Margaret, Baroness Falconbridge, character in "This Golden Land" by Barbara Wood
Margaret and Bessatsu Margaret, Japanese shojo manga magazines
Margaret de Villeroy, character in G. A. Henty's "At Agincourt"
Margaret Dashwood, character in "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
Margaret "Maggie" Duval, a character on MTV's "Scream", also Emma Duval's mother
Margaret Brackenreid, Inspector Thomas Brackenreid's wife on CBC's "Murdoch Mysteries"
Margaret "Mae" Borowski, main character in "Night in The Woods"
Margaret Ellen "Maggie" Sawyer, character in DC Universe
Margaret "Peggy" Carter, character in Marvel Universe
Margaret "Maggie" Lang, character in Marvel Universe
Margaret "Boots", character in Gregor The Overlander
Margaret Schlegel, character in E.M. Forster's "Howards End"