Girl Baby Name

Maisie

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Quick Facts on Maisie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Gaelic, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
MAY-zee
Simple meaning:
Little pearl

Characteristics of Maisie

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Maisie

Maisie is a Scottish name – it’s the pet form of Mairead which is the Scottish-Gaelic equivalent to Margaret (in Irish-Gaelic Margaret is rendered as Mairéad). The name Margaret made its way to England by way of the Norman-French after the Conquest of 1066 (although Mairead didn’t become popularized in Ireland/Scotland until the 14th century). The French used Marguerite (from the Latin Margarita); the names are ultimately derived from the Hebrew word “margaron” meaning “pearl”. Margaret, et al, has been one of the most enduring female names of all time, popularized in the Middle Ages and sustaining strong usage into modern times (like Catherine, Elizabeth and Anne). Many medieval European Christian parents bestowed names of legendary early saints on their children as a measure of protection. St. Margaret was one such early saint who inspired veneration in the Middle Ages. Known as Margaret of Antioch or Margaret the Virgin, St. Margaret was born in Antioch (present day Turkey) in the late 3rd century. She was chastised by her father for her Christian beliefs and then had the audacity to rebuff a marriage proposal from a powerful Roman governor (this offer came with a demand: renunciation of her faith). She refused. As a result, Margaret was tortured and beheaded. Her legend and cult spread in the Middle Ages which served to popularize her name. One story told of her being swallowed by a dragon, but because she had been carrying the cross of Jesus, the dragon spit her out immediately (he was irritated by the cross – an ancient form of dragon indigestion perhaps). Margaret is a name that has spurred several variations, pet forms and nicknames down through the ages. These include, but are not limited to: Maggie, Madge, Marge, Meg, Megan, Greta, Gretchen, Margot, Mae, Molly, Peggy, Peg and even Daisy. The Gaelic nickname for this little pearl is Maisie, and Maisie is quite popular in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland today.

Popularity of the Name Maisie

Although Maisie is the 14th most popular baby girl’s name in England and Wales right now (and a Top 50 favorite in Scotland and Northern Ireland), this little Gaelic lass has yet to jump the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, Maisie has never experienced enough usage in the United States to achieve a position on America’s Top 1000 list. Not once. Yet she’s thriving in Great Britain. We think it’s just a matter of time before some American parents discover this sweet little gem. Maisie is a darling name and one chalk full of Gaelic charm. And in case you’re wondering, Mairead/ Mairéad is pronounced MAWR-aid or MUR-aid in its Gaelic tongue.
Popularity of the Girl Name Maisie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maisie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Maisie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maisie

    Maisie We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Maisie.

  • Popular Songs on Maisie

    Popular Songs on Maisie

    Maisie - a song by Syd Barrett

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Maisie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Maisie

    Daisy-Head Mayzie (Dr. Seuss) - When a daisy suddenly sprouts from the top of Mayzie McGrew's head, she is faced with her classmates' taunts, her parents' dismay, and a publicity agent's greed. How poor Mayzie learns that love is more important than fame and fortune makes an endearing morality tale for our time--and for all ages. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, Daisy-Head Mayzie is vintage Seuss! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Doctor Maisy (Lucy Cousins) - In Doctor Maisy, Maisy and Tallulah play hospital. Poor Panda is sick, but feels much better with Doctor Maisy in charge. When it’s Maisy’s turn to need help, Nurse Tallulah comes to the rescue! Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Maisie Dobbs: Book 1 (Jacqueline Winspear) - Hailed by NPR’s Fresh Air as part Testament of Youth, part Dorothy Sayers, and part Upstairs, Downstairs, this astonishing debut has already won fans from coast to coast and is poised to add Maisie Dobbs to the ranks of literature’s favorite sleuths. Maisie Dobbs isn’t just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence—and the patronage of her benevolent employers—she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind. There are two more books in this detective series: Birds of a Feather and Pardonable Lies. Recommended for ages 12-15.

    Maisie McDonald's Diary (Shelley Macbryde) - “As a matter of fact, now I am quite seriously thinking of bringing up the CAN I HAVE A DOG subject with Mum and Dad again, even though I know what the answer will be because I have asked them loads of times before. Mum will say, ‘Most definitely not, the last thing I need around here is more mess, who do you think I am your personal slave,’ and Dad will say, ‘You can have a dog when you have dog money, do you have any idea what they cost, money doesn’t grow on trees you know,’ etc. etc. etc…” It is the school summer holidays and eight-year-old Maisie is bored; her best friend has gone away on holiday and her younger brother is nothing but a pest. More than anything she wishes she had a dog to keep her occupied, but her parents are against the idea from the start. This funny story tells of one determined little girl’s quest to fulfill her dream. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Maisie Moo and Invisible Lucy (Chris McKimmie) - Funny and tender, this beautifully illustrated tale follows Maisie Moo, a youngster who lives with her parents in a place called Gone Bonkers Discount Palace. Children will relate to Maisie’s plight as a child who won’t help with the chores and is perhaps a bit mischievous too. She shares her troubles and joys with her invisible friend, Lucy, and longs for her father, a truck driver who is often away from home. Time and time again parents will enjoy sharing this gentle examination of family life with kids. Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Maisie's Mountain (Lorna Murphy) - Maisie loves things but she just can't stop collecting them, what will happen when she runs out of room? A cautionary tale for young children about having too much, told in a fun way with colorful illustrations throughout. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Maisy Cleans Up (Lucy Cousins) - For Maisy, even cleaning up can be fun - if you have a friend stop by to help. Charley smells something delicious in Maisy’s kitchen but has to wait until the floor is dry. Time passes more quickly when he pitches in to pick up some toys, and washing the windows is a cinch with Charley inside and Maisy out. Now the floor is finally dry, and there are the treats, all ready to eat. Good job! A story for parents to love as much as kids! Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Maisy Goes to Preschool (Lucy Cousins) - Going to preschool is a lot more fun with a friend like Maisy to show you the ropes! reschool for Maisy means a day filled with friends and things to do, from the time she hangs her coat on a special peg to the time she says good-bye. There’s painting and snack time, stories and nap time (and a bathroom break in between). Soon everyone’s ready to haul out the instruments and make some noise, then head outside for a turn at the sandbox or slide. In a bright, full-size storybook full of familiar scenes, this child-friendly look at a day in the life of a preschooler is one that newcomers and seasoned pros alike will be happy to share. There are tons of more titles in the “Maisy First Experiences Book” series by Lucy Cousins. Check them all out! Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Maisy's Bedtime (Lucy Cousins) - Maisy and her friends get ready for bed. As always, toddlers, preschoolers, and parents will find the ordinary extraordinary with Maisy! Recommended for ages 2-5.

  • Famous People Named Maisie

    Famous People Named Maisie

    Famous People Named Maisie - Maisie Smith (British actress); Maisie Williams (British actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Maisie

    Children of Famous People Named Maisie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Maisie - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Maisie.

  • Historic Figures

    Maisie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Maisie

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Maisie

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