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Quick Facts on Maggie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 231
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Maggie

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Maggie

The name Maggie originated as a pet form of the English name Margaret, but has since developed into an individually given name in its own right. Mag(g) was used for Margaret as far back as the Middle Ages and eventually morphed into Maggie. The name Margaret came to England by way of the Old French name Marguerite (from the Latin Margarita) which ultimately comes from the Hebrew “margaron” meaning ‘pearl.’ The name has been one of the more enduring female names, popularized in the Middle Ages and sustaining strong usage into modern times (like Catherine, Elizabeth and Anna). Margaret is also a name that has spurred several variations, pet forms and nicknames. These include, but are not limited to: Maggie, Madge, Marge, Meg, Megan, Greta, Gretchen, Margot, May, Molly, Peggy, Peg and even Daisy. After Molly, Maggie is currently the most popular pet form of Margaret.

Popularity of the Name Maggie

The name Maggie has been in use as an independently given girl’s name since the U.S. government began tracking naming trends in 1880. In fact, that’s when Maggie experienced her greatest success on the charts. The name’s peak popularity came between 1880 and 1910 when it was a Top 100 favorite choice for little girls. The name fell off the Top 100 list in 1911 and declined in usage for the next 60 years until reaching its lowest point on the charts in 1970. From that point on, Maggie has been revived and is now climbing the charts once again. She has yet to reclaim her glory days of the turn of the 20th century, but she seems to be settling with moderately high usage. Like Molly, Maggie is a super cute name. Both darling and daring. And we absolutely love her association with Margaret which means “pearl.” A pearl is formed after years of irritation when a foreign substance slips into an oyster. The oyster's natural reaction is to cover up that irritant to protect itself with layers of the same nacre substance that is used to create the shell. This eventually forms a pearl. A pearl is a hard-won beauty. Just like your baby girl.
Popularity of the Girl Name Maggie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maggie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Maggie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maggie

    Maggie the Cat (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) Margaret Pollitt (aka Maggie the Cat) is a major character in Tennessee Williams’ 1955 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, made into a movie starring Elizabeth Taylor in 1958. Hers is the face (and slip-clad body) we see when we think of Maggie. She is the sexually frustrated wife of Brick Pollitt, an ex-football star who spends more time drinking and mourning the suicide of his friend Skipper than engaging in marital relations with her. In addition to ignoring her, Brick is also jeopardizing the inheritance due him from “Big Daddy” in favor of his brother, a fact perhaps even more unsettling to Maggie the Cat. Coming from a deprived background, Maggie has made something of herself, having gone to college and married into wealth, and she is not about to hand it all over to a brother-in-law named Gooper and his baby-machine wife (who produces “no-neck monsters”, according to the as-yet-childless Maggie). She is in full bloom and knows it and flaunts it, and the fact that Brick is indifferent to her is a stab to the heart of her ego. But Maggie is a survivor, and at the play’s end we have the feeling she means business as she locks away the liquor and tells Brick that there will, indeed, be a baby. We have no doubt that Maggie will manage to produce it out of her fierce and abiding love for Brick – and for herself.

    Maggie Tulliver (The Mill on the Floss) Maggie is the young protagonist of George Eliot’s (Mary Ann Evans) “The Mill on the Floss”, published in 1860. She is an appealing child and young woman, who strives for goodness and purity of spirit, but mainly for unconditional love, especially from her brother, Tom. Although he does, indeed, love his sister, Tom’s nature is more prosaic and practical, which makes him often unsympathetic to her passionate pursuits of one ideal after another. In her relationship with the sensitive hunchback, Philip Wakem, Maggie is presented with the opportunity of being taken seriously as an intellectual and serious young woman, but her loyalty to Tom leads her to eschew his attentions in favor of Tom’s approval. When Maggie meets the romantic Stephen Guest, yet another of her senses is awakened, and she is tempted to run away with him, as unsuitable as the match may be, but ultimately decides in favor of her duty to Tom. Fate, always a major player in 19th century literature, intervenes in one fell swoop and with dire consequences, and Maggie is allowed to prove her abiding love for Tom, and he for her, in the most redemptive fashion possible, that is to say, death.

  • Popular Songs on Maggie

    Popular Songs on Maggie

    (I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May - a song by Suzanne Vega

    Goodbye Maggie - a song by Harry & Jeanie West

    I Can't Let Maggie Go - a song by Honeybus

    Ishmael & Maggie - a song by The Trews

    Little Maggie - a song by Bob Dylan

    Little Maggie - a song by Kingston Trio

    Little Maggie - a song by Ricky Skaggs

    Maggie in the Meantime - a song by Virginia Coalition

    Maggie Mae - a song by Rod Stewart

    Maggie Mae - a song by The Beatles

    Maggie M’Gill - a song by The Doors

    Maggie's Dream - a song by Don Williams

    Maggie's Farm - a song by Bob Dylan

    Maggie's Farm - a song by Rage Against The Machine

    Sweet Maggie - a song by Mississippi Sheiks

    When You and I Were Young, Maggie - a song by Perry Como

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Maggie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Maggie

    Maggie and Max: The Puppy Place (Ellen Miles) - Charles and Lizzie have helped lots of puppies find homes. But then they meet a Saint Bernard puppy with an unusual friend: a helpless kitten! And this pair needs to stick together. Will Charles and Lizzie find a way to keep these two together forever? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Maggie and Oliver or A Bone of One's Own (Valerie Hobbs) - Maggie is always full of questions. But a young maid in a fine lady’s house isn’t supposed to wonder so much, so one day Maggie is thrown out into the street with only a tiny heart-shaped locket for a keepsake. Who is the lady in the locket? A little dog named Oliver is pushing his nose along an icy sidewalk searching for his lost mistress, or at least something to eat. No matter how hard he looks he can’t find either one, but he does see a girl with round blue eyes and a golden locket around her neck. The girl calls him “Lucky.” And perhaps Lucky is the right name after all, for the little dog soon helps Maggie find a warm, wonderful home of her own—and one for him, too. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: The Big Scare (Betty Paraskevas) - The Technicolor friendly monster returns in another adventure. Here, he reveals his secret fear to his friends Maggie and Hamilton Hocks. After they reassure him by listing their various fears (ghosts, sea monsters, spaceships from other galaxies-none of which, they admit, they have ever seen), the Ferocious Beast admits his fear: mice. As his friends start laughing, the beast reminds them that he has at least seen the object of his fear. Coincidentally, a mouse appears on cue and the children start screaming. When the frightened rodent scampers off, they all have a good laugh at themselves. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Maggie and the Monster (Elizabeth Winthrop) - A little-girl monster visits Maggie's room at night. She's a nuisance. She bangs open the door, pushes her hairy feet along the floor and sits in a chair and sighs. Maggie complains to her mom; she hangs a "Monsters Keep Out" sign on her door, but nothing works. Finally Maggie asks her what she wants. "I'm looking for my mother," the monster replies. The girl helpfully directs her to the other monster who lives in the hall closet. "She has big hairy feet just like you," Maggie says. A grand reunion ensues; Maggie gets a good night's sleep. Winthrop's Maggie is a spunky and confident kid who'll surely inspire other youngsters to face their fears. DePaola's full-color illustrations add sly humor to this picture-book mystery. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Maggie Bean in Love (Tricia Rayburn) - At the start of 8th grade, Maggie Bean is really, truly, 100% happy. She's successfully maintained her weight, moved into a beautiful house her family actually owns, and -- best of all -- fallen in love. That's right--love. The real kind, with actual dates, hand holding, laughing and wishing every perfect moment would never end. Maggie wants nothing more than to bask in the joy of having a boyfriend, being a girlfriend and enjoying eighth grade. But eighth grade is serious -- it's one year closer to high school, college and the rest of her life, and Maggie has a lot to do: academic clubs, the swim team, the Patrol This weight-loss club. On top of that, she is striving to the best friend, daughter, and sister she can be (not to mention girlfriend). Balancing everything requires a lot of careful planning and organizing--and, this time, Maggie's Master Mult-Tasker might not be enough. Can she handle the pressure? Can she be everything to everybody--including herself? And will her new relationship survive while she's figuring it all out? Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Maggie's Ball (Lindsay Barrett George) - An eager little dog is looking for someone to play with when her ball bounces down a hill into town. A colorful spread shows the park and four buildings set around it, with many children and adults playing and going about their business. Maggie searches for her ball everywhere, circling the town and looking in all the shop windows. Eventually, Maggie ends up disconsolately resting near a bench occupied by a girl reading—but wait—is there a yellow ball next to the bench? The little girl asks Maggie to play ball with her, and the pup delightedly complies. The pictures of the dog bursting with joy and happiness when she finds her ball and a friend are priceless. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Maggie's Dare: The Great Awakening (Norma Jean Lutz) - Time Period: 1744 Slavery confuses Maggie Baldwin. It's 1744, and the tenderhearted twelve-year-old can't understand why her friend was given a young female slave as a Christmas present-or why her friend mistreats the miserable Caribbean girl. When a major spiritual revival breaks out, Maggie is convinced she must dare to help the slave. Using actual historical events to tell a compelling fictional story, Maggie's Dare explores both the Great Awakening and the early stirrings of the abolition movement, while showing young readers that they, too, can serve God by serving others. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Maggie's Door (Patricia Reilly Giff) - 416 Smith Street, Brooklyn, America: this is the ultimate goal for Nory Ryan as she flees her famine-ridden home in mid-1800s Ireland. One by one, her family has departed for a new life in America; Nory is the last to go. Keeping her sister Maggie’s address close to her heart, Nory embarks on the perilous, heart-breaking journey to Galway and onward. Meanwhile, her friend Sean Red Mallon is just a few days ahead, traveling with his mother and Nory’s little brother, Patch, with the same destination in mind. Picking up where Nory Ryan’s Song leaves off, award-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff’s historical novel tells, in alternating voices, Nory and Sean’s stories. Readers will be engrossed in the series of dramatic events, as well as the grueling day-by-day struggle, as the protagonists suffer injuries, thievery, separations, and horrific sea passages. The very real tragedy of the Irish potato famine and the subsequent exodus from that country is brought to life in a fictional account that will make a profound, lasting mark on the memories of young readers. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

    Maggie's Monkeys (Linda Sanders-Wells) - A family of monkeys has moved into the refrigerator! At least, that’s what Maggie says. Of course, no one else can see them, but that doesn’t stop Mom and Dad from playing along, even going out of their way to accommodate the invisible visitors. An extra bowl of pudding at the table? A DO NOT DISTURB sign on the fridge? What’s a frustrated, reality obsessed brother to do? Readers will hoot with laughter at this warm, witty, wildly imaginative story of sibling love and loyalty. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Muggie Maggie (Beverly Cleary) - In the words of Publisher’s Weekly, "Fans who have eagerly awaited a new Cleary novel will find this story wrought with the same understanding and sympathetic humor that have warmed the hearts of two generations of readers." Recommended for ages 7-12.

    The Maggie B (Irene Haas) - A little girl's wish to sail for a day on a boat named for her " with someone nice for company " comes true. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Maggie

    Famous People Named Maggie

    Famous People Named Maggie - Maggie Gyllenhaal (born Margaret, actress); Maggie Grace (born Margaret, actress); Maggie Q (born Margaret, actress); Maggie Cheung (actress); Maggie Lawson (born Margaret, actress); Maggie Rizer (born Margaret, model); Maggie Smith (born Margaret, actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Maggie

    Children of Famous People Named Maggie

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Maggie - Faith Hill (country musician); Tim McGraw (country musician); Gary Allan (country musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Maggie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Maggie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Maggie.

Personality of the Girl Name Maggie

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Maggie

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