Mairead: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Mairead

Mairead

Pronunciation: mah-RAYD (key)

Origin of the name Margaret:

From the Greek Margarītēs, which is derived from maragon (a pearl).

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My sister is named Mairead. When we were kids, she had a lot of trouble explaining the pronunciation of her name to people. We started saying, "it rhymes with parade," but it was still a pain. As adults, though, I think it is really pretty.

I know a Mairead who also says "It rhymes with parade". It worked until someone got confused between "parade" and "promenade", and called her "Momenade".

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I know a girl who goes by Maidie (maid-E)

Since Mairead is a derivative of Margaret you could always use "Maggie" or "Margot" as nicknames.

Meanings and history of the name Mairead: | Edit

"The Irish form of Margaret, it became popular around the fourteenth century." -babynamesofireland.com

Famous real-life people named Mairead: | Edit

Mairead Corrigan Maguire (b. 1944), Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner (1976)
Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill, renowned traditional singer from Ireland
Mairead Nesbitt, Irish fiddler- feisty fiddler of Celtic Woman

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