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Gender  Female
Word/name  Greek
Name day  May 23 or January 25th
Meaning  Pearl
Related names  Maggie, Mairead, Madge, Marge, Margie, Megan, Rita, Greta and Peggy.

Margaret is a female first name, originally derived from Persian "Morvared" meaning Pearl and in Sanskrit मञ्जरी mañjarī meaning 'pearl' or 'cluster of blossoms.' Other spelling variations are French (Marguerite) and Latin (Margarita) from Greek Margarites. It means pearl or flower.


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 was still the ninth most common name for women of all ages in the United States as of the 1990 census.

Margaret has a large number of diminutive forms in many different languages.

Variant forms

Alternate forms of Margaret, including short forms and pet names, include:

Name Margaret in other languages

  • Armenian - Մարգարիտ
  • Bulgarian - Маргарита or Марго or Маги
  • Czech - Markéta
  • Danish - Margrethe
  • Finnish - Margareeta, Maarit
  • French - Marguerite, Margot, Margaux
  • Scottish Gaelic - Mairead
  • Irish - Mairéad
  • German, Dutch - Margarete or Margareta
  • Greek - Μαργαρίτα (Margarita)
  • Hungarian - Margit or Margaréta
  • Icelandic - Margrét
  • Italian - Margherita
  • Kazakh - Meruwert
  • Marathi - Manjiri
  • Polish - Małgorzata
  • Portuguese - Margarida
  • Romanian - Margareta
  • Russian - Маргарита or Рита
  • Spanish - Margarita
  • Sanskrit - Mañjarī
  • Swedish - Margareta, Margit, Greta, Rita
  • Ukrainian - Маргарита, Марго, Рита
  • Japanese - マーガレット/Māgaretto
  • Austria

  • Margaret, Countess of Tyrol (1318–1369)
  • Belgium and the Netherlands (the Low Countries)

  • Margaret of York (1446–1503), Duchess of Burgundy and wife of Philip the Bold, Regent of France
  • Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (1480–1530), Princess of Asturias and Duchess of Savoy by her two marriages
  • Margaret of Parma (1522–1586), illegitimate daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Johanna Maria van der Gheynst
  • Denmark

  • Margaret I of Denmark (1353–1412)
  • England, Scotland, and United Kingdom

  • Saint Margaret of Scotland, (c. 1045–1093), Queen of Scots
  • Margaret of Anjou (1430–1482), wife of King Henry VI of England
  • Margaret Pole, born Princess Margaret of York & Clarence (14 August 1473 – 27 May 1541), Countess of Salisbury She was the daughter of George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, 1st Earl of Salisbury, 1st Earl of Warwick, & Isabel Neville, Duchess of Clarence
  • Margaret Tudor (1489–1541), elder sister of Henry VIII of England and great-grandmother of James I of England
  • Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, (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

  • Margaret of Provence (1221–1285)
  • Margaret of France, Duchess of Brabant (1254–1271)
  • Margaret of Angoulême (1492–1549)
  • Margaret of Valois (1553–1615)
  • Hungary

  • Margaret of Hungary (1175–1223), wife of Isaac II Angelos Byzantine Emperor
  • Norway

  • Margaret of Scotland (Maid of Norway) (1282–1290)
  • Sainted

  • Saint Margaret the Virgin - the oldest and much the most prominent; also known as Margaret of Antioch
  • Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (see Marie Alacoque)
  • Saint Margaret of Cortona
  • Saint Margaret of Scotland
  • Saint Margaret of Hungary (1242–1270)
  • Margaret of Clitherow
  • Saint Margaret of England
  • Margaret the Barefooted
  • Beatified

  • Margaret of Castello
  • Margaret Pole
  • Margaret Ward
  • Artists and authors

  • Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist and poet
  • Margaret Avison, Canadian poet
  • Margaret Berger, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • Margaret Bourke-White, American photojournalist
  • Margaret Celine Buckens, British actress
  • Margaret Cho, American comedian and actress
  • 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 Ogden (born 1952), American fantasy author best known by the pen name 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
  • Maggie Smith (born 1934), British actress
  • Margaret Travolta, American actress
  • Margaret Walker, American author
  • Margaret Whiting (1924–2011), American popular music and country music singer
  • Margaret Wise Brown, American author
  • Educators and scientists

  • Margaret Burbidge, British astronomer
  • Margaret Angela Haley, American educator, promoted teachers unions
  • Margaret Hutchinson, English educator, naturalist and author
  • Margaret Mead, American anthropologist
  • Margaret Warner Morley, American biologist, wrote children's books on biology
  • Margaret Floy Washburn, American psychologist
  • Other

  • Margaret Brennan (nun), Canadian nun
  • Margaret Brent, British colonial landowner, called the first American feminist
  • 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 Haughery, philanthropist known as "the mother of the orphans"
  • Margaret Hoelzer, American swimmer
  • Margaret E. Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers
  • Margaret Lowenthal, American politician
  • Margaret Martin (bodybuilder), American professional bodybuilder
  • 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
  • Fictional characters

  • Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing, by Shakespeare
  • Margaret, a Little Britain character
  • Margaret, a robin in Regular Show
  • Margaret "Peggy" Carter, a character featured in several storylines published by Marvel comics
  • Margaret Hale, in the 1855 novel North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Margaret Hooper, secretary to White House Chiefs of Staff Leo McGarry and CJ Cregg played by NiCole Robinson on the television series The West Wing
  • Margaret Houlihan, character in both the movie and television show M*A*S*H
  • Margaret "Peggy" Bundy, a character played by Katey Sagal in the 1987-1997 Fox sitcom, Married... with Children
  • Margaret Mildred "Kit" Kittredge, in the Kit Kittredge series of American Girl books and related toys
  • Margaret "Meg" March, character in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Margaret Meldrew, wife of Victor Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave
  • Margaret "Meg" Murry, in the novel A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Mistress Margaret Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, by Shakespeare
  • Margaret Simon, titular character in Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • Margaret Evelyn "Maggie" Simpson, in the TV show The Simpsons
  • Margaret White, in the novel Carrie by Stephen King
  • References

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