Maureen is a sweet classic baby name for girls. As one of the most famous Irish given names, Maureen provides a stable foundation for more unusual middle names and nicknames. Maureen Johnson is the name of a spirited character in the Rent franchise, and Maureen McGill was an ensemble character in the Babysitter's Club series. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Maureen:

Irish: Little Mary
Latin: Star of the sea

Origin of the name Maureen:

Maureen is the anglicized version of the name Máirín. This name is the Irish diminutive of Marie adapted from the Latin epithet stella maris (meaning “star of the sea”).

Symbolism of the name Maureen:

Maureen is an Irish diminutive of Marie (meaning “star of the sea”). The Old Irish symbol of Mary is the rosa mystica emblem.

Style of the name Maureen:


Gender of the name Maureen:

Maureen is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Maureen:


Number of syllables in the name Maureen:


Emotion evoked from the name Maureen:

The name Maureen evokes feelings of manifestation and mercy.

Alternative spellings for the name Maureen:

Nicknames for the name Maureen:

  • Maury
  • Maurie
  • Mauve
  • Mo
  • Moe

Popularity of the name Maureen:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Maureen was the 4,516th most popular baby name for girls in 2020.

Related names for the name Maureen:

Great middle names for Maureen and their meanings:

  • Aoife (beauty, radiance, joy)
  • Caoimhe (beloved, gentle, precious)
  • Ciara (little dark one)
  • Danica (morning star)
  • Emily (rival)
  • Gillian (youthful, downy)
  • Hailey (hay meadow)
  • Lola (sorrows)
  • Nadia (hope)
  • Roisin (little rose)
  • Saoirse (freedom, liberty)
  • Sorcha (brightness, radiance)
  • Tamar (date palm tree)

Famous people with the name Maureen:

  • Maureen Catherine Connolly Brinker (tennis player)
  • Maureen Brigid Dowd (journalist)
  • Maureen Patricia Duffy (writer)
  • Maureen Kathleen Stewart Forrester (opera singer)
  • Maureen Denise McCormick (actress)
  • Maureen Therese McGovern (singer)
  • Maureen FitzSimons O'Hara (actress)
  • Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (daughter of politician Ronald Reagan)
  • Maureen Ann “Moe” Tucker (drummer)
  • Maureen Thelma Watson (politician)

Maureen in popular culture:

  • Maureen Johnson (character in the Rent franchise
  • Maureen McGill (character in the Babysitter's Club series)
  • Maureen Prescott (character in the Scream franchise)