Gender: Female Origin of Maureen: Irish variation of Mary Meaning of Mary: Hebrew or Egyptian, "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"

Maureen Origin and Meaning

The name Maureen is a girl's name of Irish origin.

Almost as popular in the 1950s among the Irish in Boston as it was with those back in Bray, Maureen was once among the most prominent Irish names for girls in the US but has fallen from favor along with most of her een-ending sisters such as Eileen and Colleen.

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Pop Culture References for the name Maureen

Maura, Morena, Maurine, Morene, Mo, Morreen, Moreen, Maurene, Moureen, Morine


SugarCandy Says:


Very pretty name. I have a cousin called Maureen.

Yuma Says:


I think of Maureen Ponderosa (portrayed by Catherine Reitman) on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Definitely not a pleasant association, but truth be told, I've always found the look and sound of Maureen repulsive anyway

paulapuddephatt Says:


You don't often hear this name these days, but it actually has the potential to make something of a comeback. I didn't used to like it much, but I think I could end up loving it, as I'm so into old-fashioned names right now.

actingfun Says:


I love this name. Thank you, Rent!

AliciaDawnCasey Says:


Personally I love this name!

MozzGoggs Says:


Back in the day everyone seemed to be named Linda or Susan, so Maureen was quite unique. I never met another Maureen until High School. It's out of fashion now, but, back then, my name made me feel special. To my ears Morwenna sounds like someone is mispronouncing it. Sorry.

Saffron_Rice Says:


Moira is so much prettier than this.

ThistleThorn Says:


I know a Maureen who goes by Molly. It actually makes more sense than Molly being a nickname for Mary, considering Molly is an Irish nickname and Maureen is the Irish form.

lesliemarion Says:


I picture an adenoidal medical secretary for some reason. I prefer Maura or Mora or even better Morwenna.

lynn_wentworth Says:


I think of the bright, lively Maureen from rent. Rena is a cute nickname

Catastroffy Says:


This makes me think of Maureen in Malory Towers, and it's not a very good association.