Origin of the name MARGARET.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MARGARET.
From Greek Margarites
(q.v.), meaning "pearl." Also see Margarta.
Usage: America, England, Scotland.
In the wild tale of St. Margaret,
swallowed alive by a dragon, whose body bursting she issues from it
unhurt, the same allegory appears which is common to most of the legends
of the early Church, figurative of the power of faith in Christ to
overcome the power of the Evil One. (What Is Your Names?, Moody,
... From Scotland it went to Norway with the
daughter of Alexander III., whose bridal cost the life of Sir Patrick
Spens; and it had nearly come back again from thence with her child, the
Maid of Norway; but the Maid died on the voyage, and Margrete
(q.v.) remained in Scandinavia.
(2) English form of French
(q.v.). This name was re-imported from France in the second wife of Edward I., and again in
Margaret of Anjou, from whom was called Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry
VII., and founder of the Lady Margaret professorship. In her grand-daughter, Margaret
Tudor, it ceased to be royal in England, though it had taken root among
the northern part of the population, while, strangely enough, it hardly
ever occurs among the southern peasantry.
Many are the contractions of this favourite name,
since it is too long for the popular mouth. Some are:
Marjorie, Maisie, Mysie, Meg, Maggie, Margery, Marget, Peggy, Gritty, and
Madge. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)