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Gender: Female Meaning of Margo: "pearl" Origin of Margo: French, diminutive of Margaret

The name Margo is a girl's name of French origin meaning "pearl". Margo and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Makeover 10 times".

From the experts:

Margo and Margot sound exactly the same, so why has the Margot spelling hopped back onto the Top 1000, outpacing Margo in numbers more than two to one? (Over 350 baby girls were named Margot in the most recent year, versus 150 named Margo.)

Credit the Gwyneth Paltrow character Margot in The Royal Tennenbaums and hot Australian star Margot Robbie. And maybe to some parents, the Margot spelling seems more like a complete name.

But it may also create some pronunciation confusion. And Margo gives you the same blend of fashionable o-ending and classic feel.

Find other names based on Margo using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Margo

Margo Cathleen Harshman, American actress
Margo Martindale, American Actress
Margo Rey (born Margarita Reymundo), Mexican-American singer-songwriter
Margo (born María Marguerita Guadalupe Teresa Estela Bolado Castilla y O'Donnell), Mexican-American actress
Margo (born Margeret Catherine O'Donnell), Irish country music singer
Małgorzata "Margo" Dydek, Polish basketball player
Margo Symington MacDonald, Scottish politician
Margaret Isabel Mabel "Margo" Durrell, younger sister of novelist Lawrence Durrell, featured in his Corfu novels

Pop Culture References for the name Margo

Margo Hughes, character on American soap opera As the World Turns
Margo Dunne, character in book/film Gone Girl
Margo Gru, character in the Despicable Me movies
Margo Roth Spiegelman, character in John Green's Paper Towns
Margo, character in film "Lars and the Real Girl"
Margo Dowling, film star character in the "U.S.A." trilogy by John Dos Passos
Margo Pike, Mallory Pike's sister in the Baby-Sitters club series by Ann M. Martin
Margo Masse, character in movie "Fear" played by Alyssa Milano
Margo Barclay, character from Perfect Harmony, by Barbara Wood
Margo Channing, character from the film, All About Eve
Margo, character in Siobhan Vivian's "The List"
Margo, a character in film Legally Blonde
Margo, a character in film Meet The Spartans
Margo Sherman, a character on animated series The Critic
Margo Leadbetter, a character on British TV series The Good Life
Margo Magee, character in newspaper comic strip Apartment 3G
Margo Lane, a character in The Shadow series
Margo Huntington, character on TV's The Edge of Night
Margo Hanson, a character on TV's The Magicians
Margo Bardem, character in the Ruby Redfort book series by Lauren Child

Margaux, Margaro, Mago


josephinedagnall Says:


I love the name Margot (as a French speaker, the pronunciation isn't confusing to me), but I'm not a fan of this spelling.

Ella Says:


I prefer it spelled "Margot"

thesaltypeach Says:


So pretty! I preferred Margot, but too many people I know pronounced it Mar-got and ruined the spelling for me.

Phibstar9 Says:


I love the meaning but there is something about this name that makes me go off it a bit...but don't get me wrong, the name is nice.

Floris Says:


I looove Margaux. Margot treminds me a bit of maggot and margo seems incomplete...So,Margaux is perfect imo!
Thank you for suggesting this!!! <3

connor Says:


Do some boys have this name?

Margo Calhoun Says:


As a Margo, I think the name is BEAUTIFUL and is the perfect balance of masculine and feminine. But most of all, I feel that it's sophisticated and strong and elegant. Any girl would be lucky to carry the name! Your niece is a lucky girl to carry it, and should be proud! And you should be supportive! How do you think your niece would feel if she heard that you think her name isn't "pretty" enough for a girl?! There is no rule that says a girl's name has to be "pretty". So how about you think really hard before insulting someone's name, especially a name your niece has, before you hurt someone's feelings (and your niece's). - Margo

ashbee Says:


I used to prefer Margot but people kept saying it looked like maggot. I don't think so, but now I'm wondering if Margo is just as nice. I think both are chic and spunky.

Zelliew Says:


That's exactly how I see it too

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


I have a feeling this name is going to become popular since John Green's book turned film Paper Towns is coming out.

Catastroffy Says:


Margo and Margot are not pronounced exactly the same.

Marglob Says:


I invented a similar name, Marglo for my fish when I was seven _ that's were my username comes from

Skittlewiddles Says:


When I think of the name, I picture a tough yet sophisticated woman. :) I like the this spelling Margo as opposed to Margot. To me, it looks too similar to maggot.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Margo, Edith, and Agnes. I sorta thought of that right away.

Shishi Says:


haha, if you read it really fast it sort of looks like

basilietea Says:


I don't like this spelling because it feels very incomplete. Margaux and Margot are better IMO.

Lexie Says:


My brother and his wife just named their daughter Margo. During the pregnancy I thought it was really cute but now that I say it often I'm actually not a fan. It just isn't as pretty as I would like for a girl's name. To me it just feels so blunt and masculine. I know that a lot of the family wasn't a fan of the name at all but ultimately it wasn't anyone else's choice. Just really think hard about names before giving it to your child for the rest of their life.

Sweekune Says:


As a name it's okay, just not my style. I would use the spelling Margot though.