Margaret is a female first name, derived from the Greek word margarites ( μαργαρίτης) meaning " pearl."
It may be related to the
Sanskrit word मञ्यरी mañjarī. Alternately, it might be of Persian origin, derived from the [1 ] Persian language marvârid ( مروارید), a pearl or daughter of light. The word is related to Marg from Marq or Marka meaning "chicken" ( مرغ), probably because pearls looked like small bird eggs. [ ] citation needed
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. [2 ] 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) Maggie Sesubia/Chikuhane 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) 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) Margaritis ( Greek) Margaro ( Greek) Margaux ( French) Marge ( English) Márge Sami Marged ( Welsh) Margery ( 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) Marjorie ( English) Marjory ( English), ( Greek) Markéta ( Czech) Marketta ( Finnish) Markit ( Czech) Marsaili ( Scottish) Mayme ( English) Meagan ( English) Meaghan ( English) Meg ( English) 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 ] 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 Brent, British colonial landowner, called the first American feminist Margaret Celine Buckens, British actress Margaret Cho, American Comedian & Actress Margaret Cochran Corbin, fought the Revolutionary War, was given a pension by Congress [ ] citation needed 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 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 Margaret "Meg" March, character in Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women Margarethe Cammermeyer Maggie Stone or Mary Margaret Stone, character on the American soap opera All My Children Margaret White is the extremely religious mother of Carrie White. They are characters in the novel Carrie by Stephen King, the film Carrie (1976) directed by Brian DePalma, and in the film remake Carrie (2002). Judith Margaret Myers is a character in Halloween (1978) which was directed by John Carpenter. However, the characters middle name was mentioned in the 1979 novelization based on the film. Other notable uses of this name [edit ] Royal figures [edit ] Belgium and the Netherlands (the Low Countries) [edit ] Denmark [edit ] England [edit ] 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:
and also a number of other saintly Margarets:
Places [edit ] Characters in fiction writing [edit ] Shakespeare Elizabeth Gaskell Margaret Hale (in North and South 1855) Goethe Bulgakov Other References [edit ] See also [edit ]