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Margaret

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Origin: Greek
Meaning: A Pearl

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Margaret

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Margaret in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Margaret:

  • Records indicate that 1,235,704 girls in the United States have been named Margaret since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1921, when 28,454 people in the U.S. were given the name Margaret. Those people are now 98 years old.

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    Comments about the name Margaret

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      32 Positive Comments

  • "My wife?s name is Margaret, but I call her Large Marge the Barge. Sometimes I call her Margerine when she gets into the butter too heavy. Margarita when we?ve been drinking. It?s a fun name." Feb. 8, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a short-statured Margaret and at the first law firm at which I worked, people fell into the habit of calling me "Maggot," which they said meant "little Margaret." I even got memos addressed: "TO: Maggot FROM: (Attorney's name)" Funny (not). But I decided to be a good sport about it." Jul. 22, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named after my grandmother on my Moms side. I'm Margaret Jane. Growing up everyone either called me Meg or Meggie🌺. My mother liked Meg as a nickname because of the eldest daughter in the Louisa May Alcott book, " Little Women." I prefer Meg, but at work I think I like the professional feel of Margaret. I wasn't proud of my name when I was younger, but now that I'm grown I've learned to embrace the meanings Margaret means pearl. There is a parable of the Pearl of Great Price. Ill let you do the research, but now I know how much names means and the value of who I am as a person." Jun. 13, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Margaret. But my nickname is Margee. Pronounced with a hard G. Like the word "agree". MarGee. I did not like being called Margie with a soft G and did not like my name being spelled with an I instead of double E. I love this unique name and wouldn't have it unless I wasn't named Margaret. But my name Margee gets pronounced incorrectly all the time and I am always having to correct quite often and multiple times til they say what an unusual name. That's me!! AND I love it!!" Oct. 12, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a nice name. My grandmother, great-grandmother, and I are named Margaret. I go by Maggie, and at times I feel it is too childish of a name. Margaret sounds beautiful to me!" Oct. 11, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My granddaughter's name. Strong and sophisticated. (She's not a year old yet.)" Jun. 20, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Margaret really is quite a classy and strong name. When it is on a very beautiful girl it takes the name to another level beyond that entirely. When the right girl can pull this name off and call it her her own it is a beautiful thing. BTW this is my name. been told it is classy and strong and it is. I like that. The royals do it too." Nov. 2, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My legal name is Margaret Anne. But I have been called Maggie since birth. After I went to college & then got married, I started referring to myself as Margaret, at least when signing letters, etc. It seemed like a name for a person you could take seriously, someone to be reckoned with. I rarely introduce myself as Margaret, but I answer to it. All my ID, credit cards, etc. say Margaret because that's what it says on my birth certificate. But my friends and family all call me Maggie. I guess I like both names but I hate that Maggie is looked upon as a "cute" or "spunky" name. And there are too many dogs named Maggie and that bothers me a bit - so since Margaret seems more formal, ladylike and grown-up, I have felt more like Margaret since my mid-thirties." Feb. 1, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mary Margaret. I'm 13 years old. I was named after my mothers two best friends." Sep. 17, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Margaret and I love it. I'm in my early 30s so growing up it has been fairly unique. It's great because it can be shortened to loads of nicknames. I get Margie (with a hard "g" sound, not a "j"), Marg, Mags, and occasionally Maggie. It's amazing how many different ways people try to spell it though... I get Magret, Marget, Margrate, Margrett... well, the list goes on! But even though the occasional spelling errors bug me a little I still love it. I can't imagine being called anything else! :-)" Sep. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 21 & my name is Margaret Arlene, after my grandmother on my mom's side who is Margaret Anne & my other grandmother whose name was Avis Arlene. In grade school I hated it because it was an "old lady" name. Now I am extremely happy that my mom named me after my Grandmothers. Even after my Grandma passes I will always feel like I have a special connection with her more than anyone because we share our first name. By the way, I've mostly gone by "Meg" by whole life." Sep. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love this name..nothing bad about it! my grandma was margaret jane ~<3 loves the nn maggie to." Aug. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Margaret and have had a love/hate reletionship with the name forever! I'm called Meg and I love it :-)" May. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I am 21 and only by Margaret (well Margie to my aunts and uncles). I find it funny how a lot of people spell it wrong. But it's a easy name to remember! I was named after my grandmother who was a strong, indepedent woman. I am proud to have her name." Apr. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey guys chill with the hate for the name. Good Grief. My name is Margaret Camille and I love it. It's strong AND soft...the best description a woman can have, thank you very much! I have never met a FAT Margaret and certainly not a DUMB one. Can't say that for most other names...but this is a hot one. Anybody can be name Kim or Amy..zzzzzz. Feeling frisky? then switch it up to Maggie...but definitely don't hate it...you'll miss out on a chance to be great with a fantastic name that's not carried by every third person and looks good on a resume! LOL" Feb. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My nans called Margaret, Cute name for someone Old :) Abbie x" Jan. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Margaret-Ann and I love it!! I think the Ann softens the little bit harsh Margaret. Although some people are so lazy and refuse to say the whole name. I don't cut their name in half because I can't be bothered!!" Oct. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my best friend's name. I love it. It is beautiful and classy." Mar. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is nambed Margaret, but goes by Margy. It is pronounced with a hard "g" sound, so it is a bit unique." Jan. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Margaret! It's beautiful! My daughter's name is Margaret and she's 4." Nov. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Margaret, I used to think it was a bit old fashioned sounding. It was nice though, normally being the only one with my name in school, as opposed to other more common names. Definately unique, classy, and beautiful. Plus, it comes with a whole host of nicknames, so take your pick!" Oct. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my daughter and my grandmother's name. I was proud to have her carry on the tradition." Jun. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name and I do go by Margaret, though special people can call me Maggie or Mags. It's a family name; Margaret Mary, Margaret Cecelia, Margaret Ellen and Margaret Anne being some of my relatives. Going through school with so many Jenny's and Kim's it was good to have a unique name, and something to grow older with that can fit at any stage of life, professional or fun!" May. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Margaret is a sexy name. I love Margarets espeically old fat ones!" Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am a margaret, a young margaret. i am called maggie though. i used to hate my name, but i love it now." Jun. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I named our daughter (now two years old) Margaret, after her grandmother. We call her Meg most of the time. I like both versions--it's not common but not unusual." Apr. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Marjoris is my daughter's name and it is very well received. She is named after my mother. Her nickname is Margie. We steer people away from Marge." Feb. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Margaret, and Maggie for short, because it is elegant and beautiful. I just had twin girls and named them Margaret and Ella. But, Margaret will be called Maggie." Feb. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Margaret but always called Peggy. I like Margaret but not Peggy and I especially don't like the nicknames for either (Marge, Margie, Maggie, Piggy, Pigtoad, Piggly-Wiggly....). I do think it has a beautiful meaning though which makes me feel special. I've know lots of Margarets (and Peggy's)." Jan. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "A great namr, a family name of at least six generations." Jan. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Margaret and have really loved my name. It is unusual and yet familiar. It is classic and sophisticated. It makes me feel special." Sep. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've met only one other Margaret under the age of 60...and she was named for an older relative @.@ I'm typically nicknamed Maggs, Maggie, Meg, Marge, Peggy, Mar, and so on..." Aug. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "I hate my name Margaret. It is ugly and hard sounding. It sounds fat and stupid." Dec. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I can't stand the 'grit' sound at the end of this name." Feb. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      18 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Margaret but everybody calls me maggie Margaret for me is to foramal but I love the name." Mar. 3, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Margaret my beloved Dad was the only one to call me Mags my Mummy called me Maggie May everyone else calls me Maggie" Jun. 14, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "In response to negative comment #3: When pronounced correctly, Margaret rhymes with coquette. Margaret does not rhyme with grit." May. 4, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Margaret... I always hated it! I'am 63 with siblings having the most popular names in our era. Linda, Michelle, Cynthia, and Eric, I always felt my mom was not happy with her first born. Now I relate to the name being older and learning my family history. Margaret was the name of one great grandma and my maternal and paternal grandma's. Thank goodness my grandad called me Cookie for my youthful years!" Jan. 29, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Altered to an acceptable nickname, it's ok. Our daughter (born 2009) is Margaret Jane, but b/c I don't like the name AT ALL - Margaret or the old family name of Jane - I rarely reveal her given name. She goes by Meg, which absolutely fits her spunky, independent personality. We reached this compromise b/c my husband's preference is for a full, formal name - and he likes Margaret. Meg also fits perfectly with her sister's name, Kate (full name Katherine Mae)." Oct. 29, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Margaret..my background is Italian. I get called Margaret by most people Margherita when speaking to italians and my nick naame growing up by my brothers and then it became everyone that knew me was Gritt. Why Gritt well when you prounounce Margherita the ending sounds like Gritt. So there you go." Jul. 28, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I am intelligent and classy and my name reflects that. It is a name that exudes excellent taste, sophistication, and elegance. I don't meet many people with my name and I like that." Apr. 12, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Margaret Ann and get a lot of respect for my name. People tell me that my name means intelligence and strength whenever they hear it." Jul. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Margaret. I hate it. I am now an old lady and finally growing into it. It's awful! No one has ever spelled it correctly. I truly can't come up with anything good about this name. It's hard, there's no way you can say Margaret in a kind voice." May. 7, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Melissa, but my entire famliy calls me Mel. I don't think anyone called me anything but Mel until I was in my 20's. I started using Melissa in my prof career and as I made more friends as an adult they call Melissa as well. When the group is mixed I answer to all of the names. Mel just was too masculine for me as I got older and I was afraid people would get confused if they saw my name on paper and then met me in person." Jul. 12, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "WEll i like it, my name is Margaret but everyone calls me Maggie. and i was born in 1997 so my name is that popular anymore. nither is Maggie." Feb. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Margaret. I always wished I was popular and fun enough to be given one of the nick name associated with Margaret, but I was always just Margaret. So I gave my kids nickname names- Sammie (not Samantha) and Kristy (Kristine). Now they are having thier kids and they are back to giving them all very classic names." Feb. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a grandmother-in-law and aunt-in-law named Margaret. Both go by Peggy. Seems like a very versatile name." Feb. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I find the name Margaret an old name and unusual in this day and age and I don't really like it I always wanted a more popular name." May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friend's name is Margaret, but she goes by Meg! I just thought everyone should know." Feb. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My teacher's name is Margaret and I think she likes it!" Jan. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i LOVE the name Maggie. i am truly thinking about naming my daughter that. but i would STRONGLY let others know its MAGGIE, not MARGARET, or any other nickname." May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Margaret always seemed stuffy to me. I much prefer Maggie." May. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate



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