Maureen // is a female given name. Anglicized form of Máirín, a pet form of Máire, which is the Irish cognate of Mary, which is in turn derived from the Hebrew Miriam. It may also be a feminine form of Maurice.
Some variant forms are: Maura, Maury, Maurene, Maurianne, Marien, Maurine, Maurisa, Maurise, Maurissa, Marissa, Maurita, Maurizia, Mavra, Moira, Mora, Moreen, Morena, Morene, Moria and Morine.
Alternately, the term Maure derives from the Phoenician term Mahurin (Westerners). From Mahurin, ancient Latin derives Mauri, meaning black African, and modern Greek derives mauro (black). From the same root is derived moor, maroon, Mohr, Moore, Morin, Morisco, Moreto, Mauretania, Mauritania, Mauritius, Maurus, Maurice/Moritz/Maurikos, Meuric/Meurig, Maureta and Maureen.
People with this given name
- Television and film
- Maureen Dowd, journalist
- Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto
- Maureen Lipman, actress
- Maureen Louys, Belgian television presenter
- Maureen McCormick, actress
- Maureen O'Hara, actress
- Maureen O'Sullivan, actress
- Maureen Stapleton, actress
- Maureen Van Zandt, Italian-American actress
- Maureen Forrester, Canadian opera singer
- Maureen Herman, rock musician
- Maureen McGovern, singer
- Maureen Tucker, drummer with The Velvet Underground
Fictional characters with this given name
- Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster in the 1996 black comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh
- Maureen Johnson, a lesbian performance artist in the musical and movie Rent
- Maureen Johnson, a Robert A. Heinlein character
- Maureen Robinson, biochemist, and the mother of the Robinson family in Lost In Space, played by June Lockhart in the TV series and Mimi Rogers in the 1998 film
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