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Margaret is a timeless female baby name. The name of countless royals and aristocrats, Margaret also produces a plethora of nicknames with unforgettable roles in popular culture. Margaret “Meg” Murry is the main character in A Wrinkle in Time, and Margaret Simon is the titular protagonist in Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. The name Margaret also occurs in DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and on The Simpsons. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Margaret:

Greek: Pearl

Origin of the name Margaret:

Margaret derives from the Greek word margarites (meaning “pearl”). The name entered Latin as Margarita, French as Marguerite, and finally entered English as Margaret.

Symbolism of the name Margaret:

Margaret originates from a Greek word that means “pearl.” The symbol for Margaret is the marine oyster. In religious iconography, Saint Margaret is the patron of expectant mothers. According to legend, St. Margaret escaped the entrails of a dragon. For this reason, symbols for Margaret also include the dragon, the hand cross, and the crown.

Baby name Margaret

Style of the name Margaret:

Classic

Gender of the name Margaret:

Margaret is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Margaret:

MAHR-grit

Number of syllables in the name Margaret:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Margaret:

The name Margaret evokes feelings of wholesomeness and nobility.

Alternative spellings for the name Margaret:

Nicknames for the name Margaret:

Popularity of the name Margaret:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Margaret was the 126th most popular baby name for girls in 2020. Margaret has ranked among the top 200 baby names for girls since 1990.

Related names for the name Margaret:

Great middle names for Margaret and their meanings:

  • Adele (noble)
  • Amanda (lovable)
  • Catherine (pure)
  • Daphne (laurel tree)
  • Irene (peace)
  • Indira (splendid)
  • Lillian (lily)
  • Ophelia (helper)
  • Primrose (first rose)
  • Rosalind (beautiful rose)

Famous people with the name Margaret:

  • Margaret Eleanor Atwood (novelist)
  • Margaret Grace Bondfield (feminist)
  • Margaret Moran Cho (comedienne)
  • Margaret Laura “Mila” Hager (daughter of Jenna Bush)
  • Margaret “Marni” Nixon (opera singer)
  • Margaret Natalie “Maggie” Smith (actress)
  • Margaret Hilda Thatcher (stateswoman)
  • Margaret Juliet “Marlo” Thomas (actress)
  • Margaret Floy Washburn (psychologist)
  • Margaret Constance “Maisie” Williams (actress)

Margaret in popular culture:

  • Margaret “Peggy” Bundy (character on Married…with Children)
  • Margaret “Mae” Borowski (main character in Night in the Woods)
  • Margaret “Daisy” Brooke (character in Little Women)
  • Margaret “Peggy” Carter (Marvel Comics character)
  • Margaret Mildred “Kit” Kittredge (character in the American Girl franchise)
  • Margaret Houlihan (character on M*A*S*H)
  • Margaret “Meg” Murry (main character in A Wrinkle in Time)
  • Margaret Page (character in The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare)
  • Margaret Evelyn “Maggie” Simpson (ensemble character on The Simpsons)
  • Margaret White (antagonist in Carrie by Stephen King)