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Megan was a top 10 name in the 1980s and 1990s, but it's falling out of favor pretty quickly. While it started as a pet name for Margaret, it's developed into a given name in its own right. And while it's now on the opposite end of the list of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States, you can freshen it up with a cool middle name, like Luna or Evangeline.

Meaning of the name Megan:

Welsh: pearl
Hebrew: pearl

Origin of the name Megan:

Megan is a Welsh nickname for Margaret. Margaret is derived from the Hebrew word for “pearl.”

Symbolism of the name Megan:

The name Megan means “pearl,” which, of course, is an object used frequently in jewelry. The pearl has many meanings to many groups of people. In the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus compares heaven to a pearl. The Quran mentions that people who go to paradise will be adorned with pearls. Pearls are often mentioned in a positive way throughout Hindu scriptures. The pearl is often a symbol of perfection and incorruptibility.

baby name Megan

Style of the name Megan:

Modern

Gender of the name Megan:

Megan is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Megan:

MEH-gan, MEE-gan or MAY-gan

Number of syllables in the name Megan:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Megan:

Like the pearl, Megan evokes images of strength and perfection.

Alternative spellings for the name Megan:

  • Meghan 
  • Meagan
  • Meaghan
  • Megyn
  • Maegan

Nicknames for the name Megan:

Popularity of the name Megan:

Megan first made the list of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States during the 1950s, but it skyrocketed to the top 10 during the 1980s. As of 2020, it ranked at number 638, according to the Social Security Administration.

Related names for the name Megan:

Great middle names for Megan and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Megan:

  • Megan Fox (actress)
  • Megan Gustafson (basketball player)
  • Megan Hilty (actress)
  • Megan Mullally(actress)
  • Megan Rapinoe(soccer player)
  • Megan Thee Stallion (rapper)

Megans in popular culture:

  • Megan Williams (character in the TV series “My Little Pony”)
  • Megan Voorhees (character in the movie “Scary Movie 2”)
  • Megan Sparkles (character on the TV show “Sanjay and Craig”)
  • Megan Parker (character on the TV show “Drake and Josh”)
  • Megan “Meg” Griffin (character on the TV show “Family Guy”)
  • Megan Gwynn aka Pixie (Marvel Comics character)
  • Megan Draper (character on the TV show “Mad Men”)