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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 "Three Strikes, You're Out -- Girls".

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

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, French-Canadian nun
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
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 "Dixy Lee" Ray, American politician; 17th governor of Washington
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


ceruleanstardust Says:


Thoughts on the similarity to margarita pizza??

paulapuddephatt Says:


I like this better than Margaret.

ArabellaDuncan Says:


I personally find Margaret rather dull and overused so Marguerite gives a fresher tone to the name

Impwood Says:


This name has so much -- antique charm, weight and history, a flower, a jewel of a meaning, sweet nicknames, and for me it's a family name too, and goes with my heritage. It's definitely in my top ten favourite girls' names, so perhaps I'll be able to use it if I have enough daughters someday.

Impwood Says:


My French great-aunt said her name as "MARG-uh-reet".

orangeandblueaussie Says:


There seems to be two ways to say it - mar-gyu-reet and mar-ga-reet.

My wife and I still pronounce our daughter Marguerite's name differently! She's 15 months now so we'll need to let her decide i guess!!

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I'm becoming a little obsessed with this name. If I named my daughter Marguerite, I'd call her either Pearl, Daisy, Mara or just Marguerite. Whenever I say it, I say it the way the French do and I can't help myself.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


You know, it's actually growing on me. I used to hate the name but I'm starting to like it. My nan's middle name was Margaret and this us a nice variation on the name

yvonne_virginia Says:


I say mar-gyur-eet or mar-gur-eet.

Sunny Says:


Oh thank you :)

Zelliew Says:


Greta is a nice nickname

Zelliew Says:


I'd say as Marg - Yoo - Reet

Sunny Says:


How do you pronounce this?

Angela Says:


I think the new Royal baby should be called this - it's one of her great great grandmothers names

gretamae Says:


I'm a Marguerite! Named after my French grandmother, I think it's a beautiful name. I go by Greta as a nickname most of the time though.

Saffron_Rice Says:


I'd love to name a little girl Marguerite - it's a French princess name with lots of history and is also used in English-speaking countries (I have known three). A very beautiful twist on the classic Margaret. She could be nicknamed Margo, Margot or Daisy.

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:


I love how it looks, but I don't like the sound as much, although I would still consider it. I think of Marguerite, a French princess in the twelfth century. She was engaged to Henry, an English prince, as a baby, and she was taken into custody by the English to raise her. Things were tense between France and England, and so the king of England decided to hurry up and marry them so France wouldn't wage war on them. Marguerite was three, and Henry was five.

nessette Says:


I love the meaning of it.

Persea Says:


My favorite French girl name. It is really pretty and has a lot of history in it.

mabespark Says:


This is really pretty, but it's a little OTP, IMO.

leonoras Says:


There are lots of nice French names out there. Alexandrine, Aurelie, Colette, Eleonore and Liliane are some of my favourites.

Kailagood Says:


I love the sound and i love the nickname potentials but can't get past the evil sister on ever after being named this!