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Quick Facts on Margaret

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French, Hebrew, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 181
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Margaret

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Margaret

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). In medieval times, taking names of popular early saints was common in Europe (particularly France) as a measure of protection for children. St. Margaret was one such saint who lived in the late 3rd and early 4th centuries and was greatly revered 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 had the audacity to rebuff a marriage proposal from a powerful Roman governor because 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 having been irritated by the cross (an ancient form of indigestion perhaps). 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.

Popularity of the Name Margaret

Margaret has a special place on the American popularity charts. Even though the U.S. government only began tracking naming trends in 1880, we know this name has existed as a top choice for girls since the time of colonization. It’s a timeless classic with an endurance challenged by only a few other female names. It is for this reason we are sad to see her lose footing in recent times. Over 100 years ago, at the turn of the 20th century, Margaret was so popular, only names like Mary, Helen and Anna surpassed her usage. As the decades persisted, Margaret continued to hold her own. The name held onto the Top 10 list of most commonly used girls’ names until 1940. She maintained a Top 50 position until 1965 and Margaret was a Top 100 favorite until basically the 1990s. The name’s diminishing popularity almost has her rejected off the Top 200 list today. For those “traditionalists” out there, this is good news. Your daughter no longer has to share her name with scores of other women. Margaret has so much going for her. Tradition. History. Staying power. A classical endurance. Fortitude. Religious symbolism. Flexibility in terms of nicknames and pet forms. Unfortunately today you have to be a thoughtful, contrarian parent to select a name that was once in the common, no-brainer category. The other thing we love about this name is the deceptive simplicity of its meaning: pearl. First of all, the word pearl is synonymous with something that is rare, beautiful and special. Secondly, a natural pearl is created by an oyster by way of intruders (such as parasites, sand or other foreign substances). The pearl is formed to cover up these irritants. Just like the foreign agent of the cross irritated the dragon’s stomach when he swallowed St. Margaret – what did he do? He spit out a pearl.
Popularity of the Girl Name Margaret
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Margaret

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Margaret

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Margaret

    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.

    Margaret “Meg” March (Little Women) Meg is the oldest sister of the four March girls in Louisa May Alcott’s classic, Little Women. She is portrayed as a protective older sister and a good daughter, who goes on to become a devoted wife and mother. Her other main role seems to be as a counter balance for the independent, high-spirited and outspoken Jo. Indeed, she is lovely and kind, but perhaps just a little too self-effacing for our 21st century tastes? You must be the judge.

    Margaret “Meg” Murry (A Wrinkle in Time) Meg Murry is the protagonist of Madeleine L’Engel’s 1962 young adult science fiction novel , A Wrinkle in Time. She is a sympathetic social outsider, a thirteen year old at an awkward stage who feels that she is homely, especially compared to her beautiful mother. The plot concerns the fantastic voyage she and her brother embark upon in an effort to find their missing scientist father. They are accompanied by her schoolmate Calvin, whose attentions to Meg begin to make her feel attractive and feminine. It isduring the course of their adventures that Meg learns to use her individual gifts and talents to thwart evil and to do good.

    Margaret Schlegel (Howard’s End) Margaret is the protagonist of E. M. Forster’s 1910 masterpiece, Howard’s End, a beautifully drawn examination of the English class system. Margaret is a sterling character (one thinks of Emma Thompson’s great portrayal in the 1992 movie), who addresses all of life’s conflicts with an even-handed , open honesty. She is not a creature of noblesse oblige; she truly connects to people and empathizes with them. She tries her best to right wrongs as she sees them, even while grave wrongs are being done to her. Her development over the years brings her into her own as a compassionate and caring woman, who will leave the world a better place for having inhabited it.

    Margaret Simon (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret) Margaret is the young heroine of Judy Blume’s famous novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, about a young girl on the brink of puberty, and how she wrestles with all the problems particular to her species. Since its publication in 1970, it has become a classic for young girls, who identify with her by the dozens, as she encounters the problems caused by “growing up”. Her heartfelt talks with God are both poignant and funny, as she outlines her concerns for His regard.

    Margaret Wade (Dennis the Menace) Margaret is the little nemesis of “Dennis the Menace”, Hank Ketcham’s comic series that was begun in 1951. She is a little know-it-all who reigns supreme in the neighborhood, queening it over the other kids with her glasses and her ubiquitous doll carriage. Although she is a source of great annoyance to Dennis, she is sublimely confident in her plan to marry him one day. In the meantime, it is her sworn duty to correct his grammar, his manners, his habits and, in general, his existence.

  • Popular Songs on Margaret

    Popular Songs on Margaret

    Margaret - a song by Seven Mary Three

    Margaret - a song by Jill Sobule

    Margaret - a song by Kevin Ayers

    Margaret Ann - a song by Goldfinger

    Margaret on the Guillotine - a song by Morrissey

    Melancholy Margaret - a song by Toy Dolls

    When Margaret Comes To Town - a song by John Mellencamp

    Whine & Grind/Stand Down Margaret - a song by The English Beat

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Margaret

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Margaret

    Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (Judy Blume) - If anyone tried to determine the most common rite of passage for preteen girls in North America, a girl's first reading of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret would rank near the top of the list. Judy Blume and her character Margaret Simon were the first to say out loud (and in a book even) that it is normal for girls to wonder when they are ever going to fill out their training bras. Puberty is a curious and annoying time. Girls' bodies begin to do freakish things--or, as in Margaret's case, they don't do freakish things nearly as fast as girls wish they would. Adolescents are often so relieved to discover that someone understands their body-angst that they miss one of the book's deeper explorations: a young person's relationship with God. Margaret has a very private relationship with God, and it's only after she moves to New Jersey and hangs out with a new friend that she discovers that it might be weird to talk to God without a priest or a rabbi to mediate. Margaret just wants to fit in! Who is God, and where is He when she needs Him? She begins to look into the cups of her training bra for answers. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure (Robert D. San Souci) - Publisher’s Weekly says “The heroine strikes a blow for womankind in this high-spirited tale set in ancient Ireland. [The illustrator] uses dark and rugged pastels and varying perspective to capture the drama of Margaret's adventures." Recommended for ages 5-10.

    Lady Margaret's Ghost: A Felicity Mystery (Elizabeth McDavid Jones) - Felicity has just said good-bye to her mother, who's going on a trip and leaving Felicity in charge of the house. Mother's carriage has barely left before a surprise package arrives, holding silver heirlooms that have been passed down in the Merriman family for a hundred years. Felicity doesn't believe in ghosts ... but what else can explain the odd and eerie things that begin to happen once the heirlooms arrive? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Margaret and Margarita / Margarita y Margaret (Lynn Reiser) - On the left, Margaret (carrying toy rabbit Susan) and her mother come to the park, though the child protests that ``There is no one to play with''; on the right are Margarita, her mother, and a cat named Susana holding the identical conversation--in Spanish. They meet, and while the mothers (assuming that their language difference is a barrier) sit facing outward on the same bench, the little girls gesture, converse, and play with their toys, each picking up a few words of the other's language and parting as friends--with the mothers now smiling at each other. Constructed with unusual imagination and care, a bilingual story that makes a perfect first bridge from either language to the other, with simple but expressive art that will help define the words for new readers. Recommended for ages 3-8.

    Margaret of York: The Diabolical Duchess (Christine Weightman) - The amazing life of Margaret of York, the woman who tried to overthrow the Tudors. Reared in a dangerous and unpredictable world Margaret of York, sister of Richard III, would become the standard bearer of the House of York and 'The menace of the Tudors'. This alluring and resourceful woman was Henry VII's 'diabolical duchess'. Safe across the Channel in modern-day Belgium and supported by the Emperor she sent Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck with thousands of troops to England to avenge the destruction of her brother and of the House of York. Both rebellions shook the new Tudor dynasty to the core. Recommended for ages young adult.

  • Famous People Named Margaret

    Famous People Named Margaret

    Famous People Named Margaret - Margaret Taylor (U.S. First Lady); Margaret Atwood (novelist); Margaret Lockwood (actress); Margaret Mitchell (author); Margaret Rutherford (actress); Margaret Walker (poet); Margaret Mead (anthropologist); Margaret Sanger (founder of the birth control movement in the U.S.); Margaret Thatcher (former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom); Margaret (various royalty)

  • Children of Famous People Named Margaret

    Children of Famous People Named Margaret

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Margaret - Babe Ruth (baseball giant); Harry S. Truman (U.S. President); J.D. Salinger (author); Mary McCormack (actress); Woodrow Wilson (U.S. President); Zachary Taylor (U.S. President)

Personality of the Girl Name Margaret

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 - Margaret

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