Mae Name Meaning & Origin
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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Mae actually means God/Goddess and beautiful in the Gaelic/celtic meanings
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Mae West (born 1893), American actress known for her wit, double entendres and sex appeal
Mae Whitman (born 1988), American actress
Mae Clarke (born 1910), American actress popular in the pre-code Hollywood years (early 1930s)
Mae Murray, American actress popular in the 1920s "the girl with the bee stung lips"
Mae Busch, silent & sound film actress
Mae Sandler (b. 2009), daughter of American actress, model, and comedian Kathryn Hahn
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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".