Quick Facts on Megan
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MEE-gin or MAY-gehn
Etymology & Historical Origin - Megan
The name Megan started out as a Welsh pet form of the name Meg, which in turn is the Scottish pet form of Margaret which ultimately comes from a Hebrew word for ‘pearl.’ Like Meg, Megan has become an independent given name in its own right. Megan expanded beyond the borders of Wales into England, Ireland, Scotland and the rest of the English-speaking nations. The name Margaret was very popular in the Middle Ages all across Europe, influenced in large part by a few early saints (Margaret of Antioch and St. Margaret of Scotland). As a result of the name’s wide usage, more nicknames, pet names, nursery forms, short forms and cognates developed from the name Margaret – perhaps more so than any other name. Megan just happens to be the Welsh version.
Popularity of the Name Megan
The name Megan has been in use in America since 1952. After its debut on the U.S. naming charts, Megan starts her quiet ascent up the list. Over the course of 20 years, the name advances over 700 positions on the charts. In 1975, Megan lands a spot on the Top 100 list of most popular girl’s names for the first time. Than name dominates in the 1980s and 1990s, when, for those two consecutive decades, Megan averages at position #15. However, the name’s fashionable days appear to be over. Since the turn of this century, the name has been in decline and is no longer a Top 100 pick for baby girls. However, for parents who like this name, the lower usage should be considered a good thing. The name feels more unique today than it did 10 or 20 years ago. Megan’s Welsh roots give it a nice Celtic resonance and it’s an all around bright and friendly name. A modern-classic.
Popularity of the Girl Name Megan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Megan
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Megan
Megan We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Megan.
Popular Songs on Megan
Megan - a song by Bayside
Megan - a song by Smoking Popes
Megan 2K - a song by Reggie And The Full Effect
Megan 2K2 (Even Though It's 2K3 Now) - a song by Reggie And The Full Effect
Megan Is My Friend to The Max - a song by Reggie And The Full Effect
Children's Books on the Baby Name Megan
Brave Little Megan (Alison Brock) - Megan is a sweet little girl who needs to have back surgery. This is her first surgery and Megan is scared. Her parents reassure her that they will help her to be brave and everything will be okay. Megan realizes that she can do something that she thought was impossible. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Megan The Monday Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - No fun in Fairyland? The Fun Day Fairies are each responsible for adding spunk and sparkle to one day of the week! But when Jack Frost steals their magic, they need Rachel and Kirsty's help. Without the fairies' special flags, every day of the week will be gloomy and glum. Can Rachel and Kirsty start the week off right by helping Megan the Monday Fairy find her missing flag? Or will Jack Frost and his goblins get in their way? Find the magic flag in each book, and help fill every day of the week with fun! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Megan's Island (Willo Davis Roberts) - Megan and her brother never thought about their tumbleweed life-style; Mother is on the go, always looking for a better job. But this time their mother packs them up without allowing Megan to tell her best friend. Megan and Sandy are worried; their mother seems frightened and tells them they'll be "safe" with Grandfather in the lake country of Minnesota. Someone is looking for them, and though Grandfather doesn't tell them everything, Megan is able to piece together the story. Years before, their father was jailed and Megan's wealthy paternal grandfather tried to wrest Sandy and Megan from their mother. A couple of bad guys show up, but they are foiled, leaving Megan and her family to sort out their problems and stop running at last. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Megan's Year: An Irish Traveler's Story (Gloria Whelan) - Megan spends her summers traveling around the Irish countryside with her family. They move from place to place, hauling their camper behind their old car. But they aren't on vacation. This is their way of life. Megan and her family are Travelers. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Princess Megan (Trisha Magraw) - Megan has read all about medieval France, but arriving there as a royal princess gives her a new perspective. While there, she is asked to rescue the magical unicorn from a terrible fate.
Recommended for ages 8-12.
Famous People Named Megan
Famous People Named Megan - Megan Fox (actress); Megan Jendrick (Olympic swimmer); Megan McDonald (children's book author); Megan Mullally (actress); Megan Hauserman (reality TV star); Megan Ewing (model)
Children of Famous People Named Megan
Famous People who Named their Daughter Megan - Alison Sweeney (actress/TV host); Mario Van Peebles (actor); Mike Ditka (football coach)
Megan - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Megan - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Megan.
Personality of the Girl Name Megan
The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature. They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.
Variations of the Baby Name - Megan