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Alternatives to Megan

Baby girl name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Kiernan

    Although this surname name is closely related to the more common Irish name Kieran, Kiernan is also a well used family name, tied to thirty-three ancient chieftains. It has on a few occasions been... Read More 

  • Madigan

    An unusual, energetic surname choice that would make a good Madison alternative. Madigan was a typical police detective series of the 1970s, starring Richard Widmark.Read More 

  • Maire

    Both Maire and Mare have begun making inroads with parents seeking novel yet authentic ways of honoring an ancestral Mary. Read More 

  • Maren

    Maren is one of the many twenty-first-century takes on Mary--but we find the more classic Marin spelling preferable. When spelled Maren, the pronunciation seems more clearly to resemble Mary,... Read More 

  • Margaret

    Margaret is derived from the French Marguerite, which in turn came from Margarita, the Latin form of the Greek Margarites. Margarites was based on the Old Persian word margārīta, meaning... Read More 

  • Marine

    Marine is an extremely popular and fashionable name in France that's virtually unknown here — and is ready to set sail. Marine feels more contemporary than Marina and less hippie-esque than... Read More 

  • Mckenna

    Mackenzie begat McKenna -- a catchy but very trendy choice. While the Mc or Mac prefix means "son of," this is exclusively a girl's names... Read More 

  • Meg

    Meg, perennially one of the Little Women, is a Margaret short form that manages to be neither quite in nor quite out of style. Meg is sleeker and more sophisticated than Maggie, more contemporary... Read More 

  • Megan

    One of the most popular Welsh names ever in the U. S.—it was Number 10 in the 1990s—Megan is still widely used today, but waning. It... Read More 

  • Regan

    Like somewhat more popular twin sister Reagan, this vibrant last-name-first Irish choice makes a strong, straightforward option.

    She does have a couple of downsides though. Regan... Read More 

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