Maisie conundrum

I love Maisie, but Margaret is the name of my God daughter (who goes by Maggie). Any suggestions on long, proper names that can feasibly use Maisie as a nn? LN is €ooke.



February 24, 2014 12:51 AM

Marcia, Marissa, and Marisol were some I found on the site. I think Marissa would be a good fit for a girl nicknamed Maisie. Then again, the nickname does not necessarily have to be derived from the FN. You could also make Maisie the MN, or just give your daughter an Ma/Mi name, and nickname her Maisie. :) By the way, how do you pronounce that? I always said Maze-ee, until I heard someone say Ma-cee...:)

February 24, 2014 11:33 AM

I was referring to Maz-ee as the pronunciation. I know over the past few years Macy/Maci has become rather popular, but was unaware some of those girls spelled their names Maisie. Thanks for the update :)

February 24, 2014 1:21 AM

Well, you could do something like Mairead or Maeve or Megan.

Perhaps just Mae?

I also know of at least one girl who has Maisie as a given name, although I believe they spell it with a y.

I think it's just darling.


February 24, 2014 2:13 AM

Maisie is a diminutive of Mairead - the Scottish version of Margaret. Pronounced Muh-raid / kind of rhymes with parade. 

February 24, 2014 11:51 AM

Thank you JnHsmom and Kismet_1! I've not heard of Mairead before. Think I'll have to sit with that one for a spell. Can't tell yet if I love it or think it's meh. On the plus side though, hubby's father was born and raised in Scotland :)

February 24, 2014 7:58 AM

I think Margaret is the sort of name that would rarely be used in long form so maybe the double up doesnt matter?

I also think Maisie is perfectly fine on its own, but I understand the appeal of wanting a formal name.

What about May? Not longer, but quite formal. Even May as a middle name... Eg Elizabeth May, or Victoria May (maybe find a first name that can't be shortened itself?)
Or Maya? I love it. 

If Amelia gets shortened to Mia then Maisie isnt too far off? Or Amanda-->Mandy-->Maisy? Too much stretch?

February 24, 2014 11:29 AM

If your God daughter goes by Maggie and you plan to use Maisie, I really don't see a problem.  I think it'd be kind of sweet, especially if the girls are close in age.  

However, if you really want to avoid using Margaret, I like the suggestions of Mairead, May and Maeve (Maeve is probably my favorite).  

February 24, 2014 6:55 PM

I like the more adventurous Mairead with a simple and relatively common surname like yours, but I also don't think that having a goddaughter Maggie and a daughter Maisie where both are Margaret on the birth certificate is a problem, either. I mean, that's the reason why Margaret has a bazillion nicknames, to distinguish between the bazillion women named Margaret that one might expect in a particular family or social circle, right?

I'd definitely talk it over with your goddaughter's parents first, feel out whether they would feel okay with the repetition if you'd be almost exclusively using Maisie, but if they are favorable, you could totally spin it more in the vein of "special connection" rather than "name theft".

As a birth certificate Jennifer who almost exclusively went by Jenny growing up, I definitely didn't feel like a Jen. I suspect your daughter will likewise feel like a Maisie and not a Maggie (or Peg or Gretchen).

February 25, 2014 2:03 PM

How about other variants of Margaret? I personally love Mairéad but there's also Marguerite, Margrethe, Markéta, and Marit, as well as related names like Margot, Marsali (also Scottish), and Marita. 

Check out an extensive list here:

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February 26, 2014 8:32 AM

If I was looking for the nickname Maisie-not-Margaret I would either go May/Mae or Mairead. If I was of Scottish heritage I'd go Mairead ifI wasn't, I'd go May/Mae (probably May, but that's a matter or personal preference) As your husband's father was raised in Scotland I think Mairead would be justified, and you did say you want long names, so I think you should pick Mairead.

February 26, 2014 1:02 PM

If you like Maisie, why not just go with it? It seems like you found the name you want to call your daughter. I don't think you mess with it, when you find that.The name Maisie is hundreds of years old, plenty old enough that it has long been it's own name. And it's a wonderful name too. I know that the trend now is to have a formal first name and a nickname for everyday use, but I feel like naming a baby is less about assigning them a name and more about discovering their name. Maybe this baby's name is Maisie, and you already know that.

February 26, 2014 2:05 PM

I like the four-syllable Margarita/Margareta with nn Maisie ... ;o)

February 26, 2014 7:24 PM

I considered Maisie for my daughter but ultimately chose a different name.  When I was considering it, I was considering Marissa--> Maisie, as someone else suggested above, but mainly because I had a Maurice that I was trying to honor. Given your child's scottish heritage, though, I would be tempted to go more in the scottish direction, perhaps paired with a scottish sounding middle name (or first name, if you picked Maisie as a middle).  I don't think Margaret to Maisie is a problem, though, if the parents of Maggie are cool with it.

February 26, 2014 11:38 PM

I'm going to concur hat you can go with Margaret nn Maisie if you're going to go with Maisie 95% of the time. I definitly think it would be sweet.

February 27, 2014 1:42 AM

I like all of the suggestions so far, but if you want some more options, how about Mathilda/Mathilde, Millicent, Rosemary/Rosemarie. Or you could pick any M name you like and use Daisy as a middle name, contracted to M'aisy (spelled Maisie).

February 27, 2014 7:11 AM

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February 28, 2014 11:42 PM

If you really get stuck, you could always give her "Mae" as a middle name, and still call her Maisie... I know a girl named Katy Mae and people call her Maisie... it's cute!

March 1, 2014 1:12 PM

I think Margaret and Elizabeth have so many distinctive nn's for this very reason.   of my friends and family members who had Elizabeth nn's (Liz, Beth, Libby, Lisa and Betsy in my circles), we never thought of ourselves as having the same name.  Margaret's the same way and I realy think you could use it again.  In terms of speaking to your Goddaughter's parents about it maybe you could talk to them in more of a "We've given this a lot of thought and this is what we've decided" rather than "would you be okay if we did this?".  It's a gorgeous, rich name and Maisie is so adorable as a nn.  

All that being said, the other proper name suggestions on the thread are great options if you're more attached to Maisie than Margaret.  good luck!


March 1, 2014 6:32 PM

Ooooh...I thought of another substitute for Maragaret--

Magali (emphasis on the first and third syllable, sort of the same rhythym and starting a-sound as 'magazine'-- Ma-guh-lee)  

This is a variant on Margaret that is popular in the south of France.