Mairead

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Mairead, Máiréad or Mairéad, is a feminine name and the Irish variation of the given name Margaret, which is believed to mean "pearl". Another spelling variation is Maighread, which is the dominant Scottish Gaelic spelling of the name; the fictional name Merida is derived from Maighread.

It may refer to:

  • Mairead Buicke (born 1981), Irish operatic soprano also active in concert and recital work
  • Mairéad Byrne (born 1957), Irish poet
  • Máiréad Carlin (born 1988), Irish singer
  • Mairead Curran, Australian-born children's entertainer, actress and voiceover artist
  • Mairéad Farrell (1957–1988), Irish volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • Mairead Farrell, Irish radio presenter and television personality
  • Mairéad Graham, camogie player, winner of a Soaring Star award in 2010 and All Ireland Intermediate championship medals in 2001, 2003 and 2011
  • Mairead inghean Eachann, spouse of Alexander Stewart, 1st Earl of Buchan and mother of Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar
  • Mairead Maguire (born 1944), Irish peace activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • Mairéad McAtamney (born 1944), retired Irish sportsperson
  • Mairead McGuinness (born 1959), Irish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East constituency
  • Mairead McKinley, award-winning Irish actress
  • Mairead Nash of Queens of Noize, English indie/disco or Wonky pop DJ duo based in London
  • Mairéad Ní Chuaig, Irish-language presenter on TG4
  • Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill or Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill (born 1955), Irish traditional singer from Kells, County Meath
  • Máiréad Ní Ghráda (1896–1971), Irish poet, playwright, and broadcaster born in Kilmaley, County Clare
  • Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (born 1962), Irish fiddler and the lead vocalist for the Irish traditional band Altan
  • Máiréad Nesbitt (born 1979), classical and Celtic music performer, most notably as a violinist