Mae: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Mae

Mae

Pronunciation: MAY (key)

Origin of the name Mae:

Originally used as a pet form of Mary and Margaret (pearl). More recently, however, it is usually associated with the name of the month, which is derived from the Latin Maius (the month of Maia, the Greek mythological goddess of increase). May is often bestowed as a middle name, or used as a name element in combination names such as Anna-Mae or May-Lynn. The name was borne by the popular actress Mae West (1892 - 1980). Her shapely bustline led to her name being used for an inflatable life preserver vest for use by RAF aviators downed at sea during World War II.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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I think Mae sounds too country-fied, like rural Texas.

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Mae has classic and modern appeal! Any suggestions on middle names for Mae? Most combinations sound inside out, or is it just me?

My name is Mae and my middle name is Alexandra. I'm 24 and my grandmother's middle name was Mae. I was also born in May although I'm EXTREMELY glad it wasn't spelled that way..

My daughter's name is Mae and her middle name is Rose.

flower names are great middle names for Mae. my great grandma was named violet, but she didn't like it so she went by her middle name (Mae) first. she was known by Mae Violet.
My daughter who is 2 is Mae and her middle name is Patricia after my Nan this name is a beautiful one and where i live i have found its very uncommon as i have not come across another Mae only lots of lily-may's so I think its quite unusual using Mae spelling rather than the months way and my little Mae loves her name so much that everyone gets called Mae instead of learning everyones names she thinks its really funny!

My one-year-old daughter's name is Mae and her middle name is Emery. I worry that if we ever have another girl we won't be able to find another name that we like even half as much.

My best friend's mother's name is Birdie Mae.

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Meanings and history of the name Mae: | Edit

Mae actually means God/Goddess and beautiful in the Gaelic/celtic meanings

Famous real-life people named Mae: | Edit

Mae West (born 1893), American actress
Mae Whitman (born 1988), American actress
Mae Clarke (born 1910), American actress

Mae in song, story & screen: | Edit

Mae Mordabito, character in the movie "A League of Their Own", played by Madonna
Maerose "Mae" Prizzi, character in the movie "Prizzi's Honor", played by Anjelica Huston
Mae Mobley Leefolt in the movie "The Help"

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