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Meg is a short name that packs in a big origin story. While Meg Ryan is responsible for making this the name everyone associates with “America's sweetheart,” Meg is actually a Greek name that means “pearl.” Keep reading to find out why parents have a million reasons to choose Meg.

Meaning of the name Meg:

Greek: Pearl

Origin of the name Meg:

Greek. Meg is derived from the Greek name of Margaritēs. This is an ancient name that describes the beauty of a pearl!

Symbolism of the name Meg:

Meg symbolizes the divine beauty and strength of an ocean pearl.

Style of the name Meg:


Gender of the name Meg:

Meg is considered a traditionally Greek name for a woman.

Pronunciation of the name Meg


Syllables in the name Meg:


Emotion evoked from the name Meg:

The name Meg comes across as sweet and sensible.

Alternative spellings for the name Meg:

Meag, Megh.

Nicknames for the name Meg:


Popularity of the name Meg:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Meg is a “classic” name that made the list of the 1,000 most popular names every year from 1956 to 1966.

Related names for the name Meg:

Maegan, Megan, Margery.

Great middle names for Meg and their meanings:

  • Amara (bitter)
  • Chiara (dark haired)
  • Clementine (citrus fruit)
  • Domino (lord, master)
  • Florentine (the bloomy one)
  • Harper (someone who plays the harp)
  • Irene (peace)
  • Jolie (pretty, merry)
  • Marie (star of the sea)
  • Rebecca (to tie)

Famous people with the name Meg:

  • Meg Cabot (best-selling author of “The Princess Diaries”)
  • Meg Ryan (actress)
  • Meg White (musician from The White Stripes)

Megs in movies/pop culture:

  • Meg Griffin (character from “Family Guy”)
  • Meg Masters (character from “Supernatural”)
  • Meg March (character from “Little Women”)
  • Meg Murry (character from “A Wrinkle in Time”)
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