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Gender: Female Origin of May: Diminutive of Margaret and Mary; month name Meaning of Margaret: Greek, "pearl"

The name May is a girl's name of English origin. May and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

May is a sweet old-fashioned name that hasn't been on the national charts in several decades, but is definitely sounding fresh and springlike. Parents are beginning to see it once more as one of the prettiest middle name options. May was as high on the list as Number 57 in the 1880s; it's now 228 on Nameberry.

May started as one of the innumerable pet forms of Mary and Margaret, as well as a springtime month name along with April and June. She's represented in literature by May Bartram in Henry James's The Beast in the Jungle and May Welland in Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence.

Actresses Emily Morton and Madeline Stowe named their daughters May, and Eric Clapton and Jodie Sweetin used it in middle place for theirs.

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Famous People Named May

Mary Jeanette "May" Robson, Australian-American actress
Eleanore Marie "May" Sarton, American poet, novelist, and memoirist
May Helen Emma Abel Smith, Princess of Teck, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria
May, nickname of Mary of Teck, Queen consort of George V of the U.K.
May Whitty (born Mary Louise Webster), English actress
May O'Donnell, American dancer/choreographer
May Fung Yee Pang, American former girlfriend of musician John Lennon
May J. (born May Hashimoto), Japanese pop singer
May Allison, American actress
May Britt, Swedish actress
May Mcavoy, American silent film actress
Louisa May Alcott, American novelist
(Abigail) May Alcott Nieriker, American artist and sister of Louisa May Alcott
Maryum "May May" Ali, daughter of boxer Muhammad Ali
May Rose Nivola, daughter of English actress Emily Mortimer
(Cecilia) May Gibbs, Australian children's author
May Theodora Benben, daughter of actors Madeleine Stowe and Brian Benben
Scarlett May Stuber (b. 2015), daughter of model Molly Sims

Pop Culture References for the name May

May Parker aka Aunt May, character in Marvel's Spider-Man series
May "Mayday" Parker aka Spider-Girl, daughter of Spider-Man
May Welland, character from "The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton
May, a main character in Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
May, the main female character in the Pokemon Advanced anime series saga
May Singer, sister of America Singer, The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass
May Kusekabe from Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro
May Clutterbucket, a character on TV's "Girl Meets World".
May Kanker, character on animated series "Ed, Edd n Eddy"
Anna May Bates, character from "Downton Abbey"
Maggie May, song by Rod Stewart
Melinda May, character in Marvel Universe

May's International Variations

Maj (Scandinavian) Mai (French) Maggia (Italian)


josephinedagnall Says:


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briarblossom Says:


May is a lovely name.

fromtheocean12 Says:


Recently I've started to love May as a first name! I prefer the spelling Mae for a middle and May for a first.

Faye Says:


My name is Mayara and that's my nickname along with Maya and Yara. I like it very much, but the fact that it is a month name and I was born in September annoys me.

paulapuddephatt Says:


My late nan was Mary but known as May. It's lovely, but not sure if people give month names to children born in different months??? It makes a sweet middle name, but of course, is beautiful as a first name, also. Mae is an attractive variant.

berry_chick Says:


This isn't a bad name, but I'll always think of May from the Junie B. Jones series.

scblovesnames Says:


I like it.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


This is a nice name, but also consider other spellings like Mae and Mei which Mei I dont think is very common

ElsaAnne Says:


This is a common middle name in my family, but due to the huge popularity of this name in the middle spot, I'm seriously put off using it. Although it's very cute.

Guest Says:


I want to use May or June for a boy. 😩🙏 I don't know why but I think it's so cute for boys too.

taliawhat Says:


Haha, it's always so funny to see how different name tastes can be, because mine is exactly what you wrote, only flipped! For me it's Maeve >>>>>>>>>>>Mae>May.

EvaThyssen Says:


This is a nice name :)

NaomiNY Says:


My maternal grandmother's middle name was May.

ClarissaTheBright Says:


I think this is a perfect second name if your baby will be born in May, like her 2name May =)

HatGirl Says:


i know a girl with this name spelled mae