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Pronunciation /ˈmɛɡən/ (MEG-ən) or /ˈmɡən/ (MEEG-ən)
Welsh pronunciation: [ˈmɛɡan]
Gender Female
Word/name Welsh, ultimately from Greek
Meaning pearl
Other names
Related names Meg, Margaret

Megan (also spelled Meghan, Meagen, Meagan, Meaghan etc.) is a Welsh female name, originally a pet form of Meg or Meggie, which is itself a short form of Margaret. Megan is one of the most popular Welsh names in England and Wales, commonly truncated to Meg.[1] Nowadays it is generally used as an independent name rather than as a nickname.[2]

Megan was one of the most popular girls' names in the English-speaking world in the 1990s, peaking in 1990 in the United States [3] and 1999 in the United Kingdom.[4] Approximately 54 percent of people named Megan born in the US were born in 1990 or later.[5]

Notable Megans include:

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  1. ^ "Common Welsh Girls Names". Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hodges, Flavia (1990). A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. pp. 232–33. ISBN 0-19-211651-7. 
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