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Gender: Female Meaning of Marguerite: "pearl; daisy" Origin of Marguerite: French variation of Margaret; also a flower name

The name Marguerite is a girl's name of French origin meaning "pearl; daisy". Marguerite and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Think/Say".

From the experts:

Marguerite is a classic French name with a remnant of old-fashioned Gallic charm; and is also a variety of daisy. Chic again in Paris, it's definitely ripe for revival here.

Another reason you might want to consider it: Saint Marguerite was an adventurous 17th century nun who set up schools throughout wilderness Quebec. Marguerite has also been a French royal name.

Marguerite was in the Top 100 in this country from 1890 to 1921.

Probably its most famous fictional bearer is Marguerite Gautier, tragic heroine of the Alexandre Dumas novel La Dame aux Camelias, known in film as Camille and played most notably by Greta Garbo. Marguerite is also the heroine of Gounod's Faust and the Scarlet Pimpernel novels.

Marguerite Duras wrote many novels, plays and films, most notably the bestselling L'Amant (The Lover,) which became a successful film, and she also was the screenwriter of Hiroshima mon amour.

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite; it was her younger brother who shortened it.

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Famous People Named Marguerite

Marguerite Louise d'Orléans, Grand Duchess consort of Cosimo III de' Medici of Tuscany
Marguerite de Navarre, Princess of France, Queen consort of Henry II of Navarre
Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, French-Canadian nun
Marguerite Henry, American children's novelist
Marguerite Georges (born Marguerite-Josephine Weimer), French actress
Marguerite Moreau, American actress
Marguerite MacIntyre, American actress
Marguerite Yourcenar (born Marguerite Antoinette Jeanne Marie Ghislaine Cleenewerck de Crayencour), Belgian novelist
(Hilda Elise) Marguerite Patten, English cookery writer and TV personality
Marguerite Alice "Missy" LeHand, secretary to U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt
Marguerite Ann Johnson, birth name of American author Maya Angelou
Marguerite Duras, French writer and film director
Marguerite Stimpson, American actress
Marguerite Monnot, French composer and songwriter
Marguerite Whitten, American actress
Marguerite Chapman, American actress
Marguerite Bennett, American comic book writer
Marguerite-Charlotte Pécoul, French wife and model for painter Jacques-Louis David
Marguerite De La Motte, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Marguerite

Marguerite King, character in film Swing High, Swing Low
Marguerite Gautier, main character in La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas and film "Camille"(1936)
Marguerite St. Just, main female character in 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' series
Marguerite Caine, main character in A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray aka Amy Vincent
Marguerite, wife of Eddie in 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' by Mitch Albom
Marguerite, the heroine of Gounod's opera Faust
Tomoe Marguerite, character in the anime and manga My-Otome
"Marguerite Volant," Canadian miniseries and its main character
Marguerite Francois Louise de Ghent, evil stepsister to Danielle in "Ever After"
Marguerite Baker, character in the video game "Resident Evil 7: Biohazard"
Marguerite "Maggie" Vogel from the 2015 film Maggie