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

Megan (also spelled Meghan, Meagen, Meagan, Meaghan, Megyn 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; it is 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:

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Meggan, a fictional comic book superhero appearing in books published by Marvel Comics
  • Megan Caravan, a character in the television series Ruby Gloom
  • Megan "Meg" Griffin, a character in the television series Family Guy
  • Megan Parker, a character in the television series Drake & Josh
  • Megan Sparkles, a character in the television series Sanjay and Craig
  • Megan Macey, a character in the television series Emmerdale
  • Meagan Aylward and Megan Hounsell, characters in the 2011 film Cyberbully
  • Megan Williams, a character from the TV series My Little Pony
  • Megan Harries, owner of Cwmderi's chapel, Bethania, in the Welsh soap Pobol y Cwm

See also[edit]

  • MEGAN, a bioinformatics software for metagenomics
  • Megan, a locality north-east of Dorrigo, New South Wales
  • Mehigan, an Irish language surname that has the variants Megan, Meaghan and Meighan


  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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