Scottish diminutive of Margaret or Mary
"pearl or bitter"

Maisie Origin and Meaning

The name Maisie is girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "pearl or bitter".
Maisie, a hundred-year-old favorite, is in perfect tune with today, rising in tandem with cousin Daisy. Spelled Maisy, it's a popular children's book series.

While Maisie might traditionally be short for Margaret or Mary, it can also work as a nickname for Melissa, Marissa, or even Esme, And it stands perfectly well on its own.

In literature, Maisie is the name of the precocious young title character in the Henry James novel What Maisie Knew, and is also the main female character in Rudyard Kipling's The Light That Failed. And to bring things up to date, Maisie is a half-blood character in the Harry Potter series as well as the name of hot young Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.

Maisie re-entered the US Top 1000 in 2014 at 658, making it one of the fastest rising names of that year. She's still got a ways to go to catch up to to her English counterparts: in the UK, Maisie is among the most popular girls' names.
# 405 in the US

Maisie Rank in US Top 1000

Maisie Popularity

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Famous People Named Maisie

  • Margaret Constance "Maisie" WilliamsEnglish actress
  • Maisie Louise SmithEnglish actress
  • Maisie RichardsonSellers, British actress
  • Maud Daisy "Maisie" GayEnglish actress and singer
  • Mary Josephine "Maisie" WardBritish author and biographer
  • Maisie ShiellCanadian activist
  • Maisie MoscoEnglish novelist
  • (Stella Grace) Maisie (Fawcett) CarrAustralian botanist
  • Maisie Rose MethuenWelsh gymnast
  • Maisie Mae Roffey (b. 1988)daughter of actress Julie Walters and Grant Roffey

Maisie in Pop Culture

  • Maisie Douglascharacter in "Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell
  • Maisie Cattermolecharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Maisie Dobbsmain character in mystery series by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Maisie Collinsdaughter of Adrianna and Ty on TV's "90210"
  • Maisie Farangecharacter in Henry James' "What Maisie Knew"
  • Maisie Raviermain character in a series of movies including "Maisie was a Lady"
  • Maisie MacKenziekitten in a series of children's books by Aileen Paterson
  • Maisie Wyldecharacter on British soap "Emmerdale"
  • Maisie Jonescharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • "Maisie Raine" British TV series and its main character
  • Maisiecharacter in British comic strip The Perishers
  • Maisie Lockwoodcharacter in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"
  • Maizy Russellcharacter in movie "Uncle Buck"
  • Mayzie LaBirdbird in Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hatches the Egg" and musical "Seussical"