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St. Margaret of Antioch.jpg
Margaret the Virgin is one of many saints named Margaret.
Gender Female
Name day May 23 or January 25th
Word/name Greek
Meaning Pearl
Other names
Related names Maggie, Mairead, Madge, Marge, Margie, Megan, Rita, Greta and Peggy.

Margaret is a female first name, originally derived from Persian "Morvared" meaning Pearl and in Sanskrit मञ्जरी mañjarī meaning 'pearl' or 'cluster of blossoms.' Other spelling variations are French (Marguerite) and Latin (Margarita) from Greek Margarites. It means pearl or flower. [1][2][3]

Margaret has been an English name since the 11th century, and remained popular throughout the Middle Ages. It became less popular between the 16th century and 18th century, but became more common again after this period, becoming the second most popular name in the United States in 1903. Since this time, it has become less common, but was still the ninth most common name for women of all ages in the United States as of the 1990 census.

Margaret has a large number of diminutive forms in many different languages.[4]

Variant forms[edit]

Alternate forms of Margaret, including short forms and pet names, include:

Name Margaret in other languages[edit]

Nicknames of Margaret[edit]

  • Daisy
  • Maggie
  • Mar
  • Marg
  • Marge
  • Margey
  • Margie
  • Meg
  • Meggy
  • Peg
  • Peggy
  • Pegeen
  • Maisie
  • Mamie
  • Margo
  • Madge
  • Malla
  • Midge
  • Marga
  • Mags
  • Margu
  • Greta
  • Gretel
  • Marya



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England, Scotland, and United Kingdom[edit]




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  1. ^ "View Name: Margaret". Behind the Name. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Margaret". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary". Universität zu Köln (University of Cologne). Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Cecil Adams (8 January 1993). "Why is Peggy the nickname for Margaret?". The Straight Dope. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  • "Margaret". Edgar’s Name Pages. 2001. Archived from the original on October 26, 2009.