Megan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Megan

Megan

Pronunciation: MEH-gən, MAY-gən, MEE-gən (key)

Origin of the name Megan:

Borrowed from the Welsh, Megan is a pet form of Marged, the Welsh cognate of Margaret (a pearl).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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I'm a Megan and i absolutely love my name. Some people think it's common but I only know one other megan. Spelling it m e g a n is simple and easy but people always try to add an h which is really annoying

To the gal whose middle name is Meghann: That is the spelling of the name of the heroine in the Thornbirds. That's where they got that spelling.

Personal experiences with the name Megan: | Edit

I'm a Megan from '84. I'm happy with it, but I just wish there were more famous people, or songs with my name in it! I knew a couple of other girls in my class with the name, but it never really bothered me that I had to share. On of my best friend's name is also Megan (also an '84). We call each other "Namesake". I do get bothered when people pronounce it without the short e when referring to me though. MEEgan and MAYgan are not my favorite pronunciations. Oh, one downside- I went though an awkward puberty stage in middle school, and a few guys in my grade called me Mega-Man" behind my back...but it passed, and I suppose any name can have a bad nickname if you try hard enough.

My name is Megan, also born in 1982 but I'm Welsh and live in Wales. As we lived in the Caribbean when I was born my parents wanted me to have an identifiably Welsh name but one that was easy to pronounce and spell. I was always the only Megan in my year at school and then there was a boom of little Megans. Whenever I hear the name "Megan" it's being yelled at a child by a parent. As for the 'true spellings' Megan comes from the pet form of Margaret 'Meg'. In Wales pet names often developed by adding 'an' to the end of names - e.g. Bethan. Welsh is a phonetic language so Megan is how its spelt!

My middle school teacher was named Megan. She was the most amazing teacher ever. My mother's close friend was also named Megan, and I didn't meet a Megan my own age until high school.

I am another Megan born in '82 and my parents got it from Thornbirds as well, haha.
I've always liked my name - in my experience, it wasn't very popular, but not so unique that I was ever picked on or had it mispronounced.

My name is Megan and I was born in 1968. When I was in grade and high school nobody, I mean nobody, knew of my name. When I would have new teachers, I would often have to talk them through it. I always loved my name until the 80's and 90's (as one reader earlier mentioned) when I would hear parents yelling after their children while in public. It seemed there was a Megan everywhere! And then I would have parents insist that my name was spelled incorrectly and all those silly manifestations of Megan ie, Mheghan, Maygen, were actually the 'true' spellings. I am forty-one now and am awfully proud of my name.

I agree with the "youthful" analysis...but I think it is more because there are so few people over the age of 25 who are named Megan! After all, it only became a popular name in the 1980's!!! My name is Megan, and I always make a point to give my children names they can grow up with...something that sounds appropriate (or has an appropriate nickname) for a baby, a child, a teenager, AND an adult. Megan has the childhood parts covered, but just never sounded like a "grown-up's" name to me. Oh, and PLEASE stop saying it is pronounced "Mee-gan"! Megan is welsh, and is pronounced "May-ghen."

We named our daughter Megan and she is now 29 years old. She goes by Meg or Meggie from her friends. Her father and I call her Megan or Megs. I like Meggie. She has never complained about her name. She is a lovely, gorgeous woman! The only thing that she gets upset over is when people call her "Maygan" and she corrects them. "My name is pronounced "Megan" short e sound please!!

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I disagree - having lived for many years on the Welsh border it is universally pronounced as "MEG-en", with a short E sound in both syllables. This is consistent between Welsh and English speakers. MEE-gen is the usual Australasian pronuncation, whilst MAY-gen is almost unknown outside the USA.

MY NAME IS MEGAN. I WAS BORN IN 1982. MY MOTHER LIKED THE NAME, SHE HERD IT ON A PLAYGROUND IN PASSING. TO REMEMBER MEGAN-SHE REMEMBERED "NUT-MEG"
I ALWAYS LIKED MY NAME, I FOUND IT TO BE SOMETHING NO ONE ELSE HAD. ALTHOUGH, AS I GREW, I FOUND THAT TO BE UN-TRUE. MEGAN'S EVERYWHERE. KIDS WOULD BE CRUEL AND CALL ME "MAGOT" AS A JOKE. I HAVE NEVER LIKED BEING NICK-NAMED "MEG" I PREFURE MEG'S. MEGGIE BETH, AND MEG-O

My sister's name is mEgan (pronounced like EGG) and my best friends name is mAgen (pronounced like MAY). It frustrates them alot because some people always say MAY and some always say MEGG. Usually, though, it is magen who is called megan more often.

My name is Megan. I was born in '90. I pretty much hate my name. It's pretty, but there are too many Megans. I knew about seven girls with that name in high school alone.

my name is megan and i was born in '88. i refuse to be called meg. i just think it's a ridiculous nickname or lack there of. theres alot of people who call me maggie but never ever meggie. my mom has always called me megsy and my cousin called me meg-a-dee. i remember a babysitter i had that called me mega-monster. i don't think megan is all that youthful sounding. i've always thought it sounded just a little more grown up than like kelsey or names like that.

My middle name is Meghann (pronounced like Megan). I was born in 1979. I rarely tell anyone my middle name. If they see it, most people cannot pronounce it correctly (everyone puts heavy emphasis on the H when it's actually silent), which gets very annoying. There are quite a few variations in spelling, but I've never found mine anywhere. Even on this website it pulled up nothing. I hated it growing up because it was spelled so weird and would always tell people my middle name was Michelle. Now that I'm older I don't mind it so much, but still hate the spelling. My parents can't explain how they came up with it. I'm like "What's up with the H and the extra N???" Luckily for me, it is a middle name and not a first name.

My cousin's name is Megan. We live in Wales, and for ages I always thought that Megan was a Welsh name. I know it's very common in Wales though. I didn't meet another Megan until secondary school. My cousin Megan was born in 2003, and my friend in Secondary school was born in 1999. My cousin pronounces it Meg-anne and my friend pronounces it Meg-un (the more popular pronounciation. Which pronouciation to you prefer?

My old best friends name is Megan pronounced Meg-un. She has two sisters Gemma and Caitlin. I think all their names are really pretty and I've loved the name Megan for years. I want to name my first daughter Megan if I get the chance as its a beautiful name though I wouldn't shorten it if possible as I love it as a full name.

My mother named me Megan after her two best friends Margaret.

My name is Megan (I was born in 1981, in the USA) and I have always loved my name: short, simple, sweet, easy to remember. I only found pronunciation differences when I moved to the UK (when an Irish man pronounced my name "Meegan") and since I have moved to Australia. Australians constantly pronounce my name "Meegan" but I always correct them politely. When I lived in New Zealand my name was pronounced many different ways: "Maygen" or "Meegan" or even "Meeghan" but they weren't the way I prefer! My name is spelled the simplest way (easy to monogram!) and so it really annoys me when people put in the unnecessary "h" or the superfluous "a" after the "M". My middle name is Michele and my maiden name started with an M, and so my initials were MMM when I was growing up, which I thought was very neat and people (mostly teachers) always commented with surprise. My nicknames include: Meg (close friends only), Meggie Poo (great-aunt), Megpie (best friend), Megs (which I don't like). My mom claimed she didn't know any Megans when I was born but by the time I was in high school I ran into several. All in all, I like being called Megan, and now that I'm in my thirties, it's still nice. It's a short name that goes with almost any middle name.

∆ To comment on the above, my name is Megan, born '88 in the US. I have never heard or met anyone with the initials MMM instead of me. My middle name is Marie, so Megan Marie and last maiden name obviously M. Its wonderful there is someone else in the world who has this. I just always thought I was kinda stuck with marrrying someone with an M last name to keep it that way. I have always been either called Meg (only ever by friends)or Megan. My mom calls me Meggie-ree, for Megan Marie. I enjoy my name, although I will most likely go by Meg as an adult, I think it sounds more professional.

I am a Megan. I've alway never been real fond of my name. I wish I have a more unique name. i've never been too bothered with how people pronounce my name, but i hate it when people mis-spell my name. as far as nicknames go most people call me Megan. Some call me Meg, and only two people call me Nutmeg. I told my friend a weird spelling of my name, Megyn (Megyn Price), and now she is calling me Megyuan (Meg-Uahn). Big Mistake! I also do not like coming across other Megan's. I just feel like there is competition. There is another Megan at my school. She is not a nice person, but she is insanely smart.

Nicknames for Megan: | Edit

Meg
Meggie
Meg-a-million
Megaroni (and cheese)
Meggy poo (my friend love to call me that)
Megara
Megs
Maggot
Maggie (I don't know why, but I have a friend named Megan and she's called Maggie)
Meggoes
Meg-a-ladon
Mango
Meggers
Megarooni
Megalicious
Mega-Mouth
Mooo(I Have A Cuzion And We Alll call her moo):s
Meggera (I'm a Megan, and its my nickname. It has stuck with me for years now)
Nutmeg - i'm a megan and after a night with the girls one came out with what about nutmeg and it stuck:)
Megals
Schmagels (all it took was one trip to Sheetz...)
Smegma (junior high health class - enough said)
Magel Bagel
Megsy
Megbo
Mega-Mac
Megasaurus
Megizzle
Megz
Megpie (a play on the word magpie)
Megatron

Meanings and history of the name Megan: | Edit

From the Anglo-Saxon for "strong, capable" "pearl"

Famous real-life people named Megan: | Edit

Megan Fox - American actress
Megan Mullally - American actress

Megan in song, story & screen: | Edit

The actress Megan Fox from Jennifers' Body and Transformers.
The baby sister in Father of the Bride 2 is named Megan after the doctor who delivers her.
Megan Stier, character in the TV series "Mad Men", played by Jessica Paré
"Megan" by the Smoking Popes
Megan Gordon Harrison is a soap opera character on One Life to Live who dies tragically of lupus
There's this children's book called "Pigs" and the main character is Megan :)
In My Little Pony, they caregiver's name is Meg
In the Disney Movie Hercules, Megara (Meg for short) is the name of Hercules' love interest.
Meg Griffin from Family Guy

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