Margaret Gender female Origin Word/name Greek, Sanskrit, Persian Meaning Pearl Other names Related names Maggie, Mairead, Mags, Madge, Marge, Margie, Meg, Megan, Meggie, Greta, and Peggy.
Look up in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Margaret Margaret is a female first name, derived via French ( Marguerite) and Latin ( Margarita) from Greek Margarites, derived from the noun margaron meaning 'pearl'. The Greek is closely related to the [1 ] Sanskrit मञ्जरी mañjarī meaning 'pearl' or 'cluster of blossoms.' [2 ] [3 ] Alternately, it might be of Persian origin, derived from the [4 ] Persian language marvârid ( مروارید), a pearl or daughter of light.
Margaret has been an English name since the 11th century, and remained popular throughout the Middle Ages. It became less popular between the 16th century and 18th century, but became more common again after this period, becoming the second most popular name in the
United States in 1903. Since this time, it has become less common, but is still the ninth most common name for women of all ages in the United States as of the 1990 census.
It has a large number of diminutive forms in many different languages, including
Maggie, Madge, Mags, Maisie, Marge, Meg, Megan, Mog, Moggie, Rita, Daisy, Greta, Gretel, Gretchen, Magee, Marg, Margot, May, Molly, Peggy and Peg. [5 ] Variant forms [edit ]
Alternate forms of Margaret, including short forms and pet names, include:
Annegret ( German; short form of Joh a Mar ann a g a) ret Bitxi Basque Bitxilore Basque Gita ( Czech) Gitka ( Czech) Gituska ( Czech) Gosia ( Polish) Gośka ( Polish) Greet ( Dutch) Greetje ( Dutch) Greta ( English), ( German), ( Swedish) Gretchen ( English), ( German) Grete ( Danish), ( German) Gretel ( German) Grethe ( Danish), ( German) Gretl ( German) Gretta ( English) Griet ( Dutch) Grieta ( Latvian) Jorie ( English) Maarit ( Finnish) Madge ( English) Magali ( Provencal) Mággá Sami Maggan ( Swedish) Maggie ( English) Mágredá Sami Magredá Sami Mags ( English) Maighread ( Scottish) Mairéad ( Irish) Mairead ( Scottish) Maisie ( Scots) Makelesi ( Tongan) Makkak Greenlandic ملغلره (Malghaləra) ( Pashto) Małgorzata ( Polish) Małgorzatka ( Polish) Małgosia ( Polish) Małgośka ( Polish) Mamie ( English) Manci ( Hungarian) Mared ( Welsh) Maret ( Estonian) Máret Sami Marga ( Estonian), ( Catalan) Margalida ( Catalan) Margaid ( Manx) מרגלית Margalit ( Hebrew) Margaréta ( Hungarian), ( Slovak) Margareta ( Danish), ( Dutch), ( German), ( Norwegian), ( Romanian), ( Slovene), ( Swedish) Margarete ( Estonian), ( German) Margaretha ( Dutch), German Margarethe ( Danish), ( German) Margaretta ( English) Margarid ( Armenian) Margarida ( Galician), ( Portuguese), ( Catalan) Margarita ( Bulgarian), ( Greek), ( Lithuanian), ( Russian), ( Spanish), ( Ukrainian), ( Albanian) Margaritis ( Greek) Margaro ( Greek) Margaux ( French) Marge ( English) Márge Sami Marged ( Welsh) Margery ( English) Margey ( English) Márgget Sami Margherita ( Italian) Margie ( English) Margit Danish, ( Hungarian), ( Norwegian), ( Swedish) Margita ( Hungarian), ( Polish) ( Slovakian) Margo ( English), ( Greek), ( Hungarian), ( Ukrainian) Margot ( English), ( French), ( German) Márgrehtá Sami Márgreittá Sami Margrét ( Icelandic) Margret ( German) Margrethe ( Danish), ( Norwegian) Margriet ( Dutch) Margrit ( German) Márgu Sami Marguerite ( French) Margy ( English) Marharyta Belarusian Marit ( Norwegian), ( Swedish) Marita ( Finnish), ( Greek) Maritta ( Finnish), ( Greek) Marja ( Finnish) Marjatta ( Finnish) Marjeta ( Slovene), ( Greek), ( Albanian) Marjorie ( English) Marjory ( English), ( Greek) Markéta ( Czech) Marketta ( Finnish) Markit ( Czech) Marsaili ( Scottish) Mayme ( English) Meagan ( English) Meaghan ( English) Meg ( English) Megi ( Albanian) Megan ( English), ( Welsh) Meghan ( English) Mererid ( Welsh) Meret Sami Merete ( Danish) Merit ( Swedish) Meta ( Danish), ( German), ( Norwegian), ( Swedish) Mette ( Danish), ( Norwegian) Midge ( English) Markétka ( Czech) Mysie ( Scots) Paaie ( Manx) Peg ( English) Pegeen ( English), ( Irish) Peggie ( English) Peggy ( English), ( Greek) Peigi ( Scottish) Penina ( Hebrew) Perele ( Yiddish) Perle ( Yiddish) Reeta ( Finnish) Reetta ( Finnish) Rita ( English), ( Greek), ( German), ( Hungarian), ( Italian), ( Portuguese), ( Russian), ( Spanish), ( Ukrainian) Tita ( Spanish) Name Margaret in other languages [edit ] Nicknames of Margaret [edit ] Maggie Mar Marg Marge Margey Margie Meg Meggy Peg Peggy Pegeen Maisie Mamie Margo Madge Molly Malla Midge Marga Daisy Mags Margu Greta Gretel Marya People called Margaret [edit ]
This is a list of notable people with the first name Margaret:
[edit ] Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Avison, Canadian poet Margaret Bourke-White, American photojournalist Margaret Clark (born 1943), Australian author Margaret Clarkson, English artist Margaret Deland, American author Margaret Drabble, English author Margaret Forster, British author Margaret Fuller, American critic Margaret Hillis, American conductor Margaret Larkin (1899–1967), American writer Margaret Laurence, Canadian novelist Margaret Leighton, English actress Margaret 'Megan' Lindholm, American author of High Fantasy, also known as Robin Hobb Margaret Lockwood (1916–1990), British actress Margaret Mitchell, American author Margaret Oliphant, Scottish author Margaret Peterson Haddix, American writer Margaret Rutherford, British actress of the stage and screen Margaret Travolta, American actress Margaret Walker, American author Margaret Wise Brown, American author Educators and scholars [edit ] Other [edit ] Margaret Berger, Norwegian singer-songwriter Margaret Brennan, Canadian nun Margaret Brent, British colonial landowner, called the first American feminist Margaret Celine Buckens, British actress Margaret Cho, American Comedian & Actress Margaret Cochran Corbin, fought in the U.S. Revolutionary War and was given a pension by Congress Margaret Court, Australian tennis player Margaret Groos, American long-distance runner Margaret Hoelzer, American swimmer Margaret E. Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage, American philanthropist who established the Russell Sage Foundation Margaret Sanger, founder of the birth control movement in the United States Dame Maggie Smith, British actress Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 Margaret "Maggie" Simpson, youngest member of TV show The Simpsons Margaret Haughery, philanthropist known as "the mother of the orphans" Margaret Houlihan, character in both the movie and television show M*A*S*H Margarethe Cammermeyer Other notable uses of this name [edit ] Royal figures [edit ] Belgium and the Netherlands (the Low Countries) [edit ] Denmark [edit ] England [edit ] Margaret of Anjou, (1430–1482), wife of King Henry VI of England Margaret Tudor, (1489–1541), elder sister of Henry VIII of England and great-grandmother of James I of England Margaret Beaufort, (1443–1509), mother of King Henry VII and paternal grandmother of King Henry VIII of England Margaret Douglas, (1515–1578), daughter of Margaret Tudor Princess Margaret of Connaught, (1882–1920), elder daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, (1930–2002), only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II and the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth France [edit ] Austria [edit ] Hungary [edit ] Italy [edit ] Norway [edit ] Portugal [edit ] Romania [edit ] Scotland [edit ] Sweden [edit ] Religious figures [edit ]
Four women named Margaret have been
beatified. These are:
Several Saints are named
Margaret including: Places [edit ] Flower [edit ] Margarita is Spanish for the word "Daisy ( Bellis perennis)" which is a type of flower. Also, in the Russian language "Margaritka" is the word used for the flower Daisy. Characters in fiction writing [edit ] Shakespeare Elizabeth Gaskell Margaret Hale (in North and South 1855) Goethe Alexandre Dumas, fils Alexandre Dumas, père Brothers Grimm Bulgakov Other See also [edit ] References [edit ]