Origin of the name MARGARITES.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MARGARITES.
Greek name meaning "pearl." Also spelled Margarite.
The English form is Margaret.
... No name has been the occasion of
more pretty fancies than Μαργαρίτες
(a pearl), itself taken from
the Persian term for the jewel, Murvarid (child of light), in accordance
with the beauteous notion that the oysters rising to the surface of the
water at night and opening their shells in adoration, received into their
mouths drops of dew congealed by the moon-beams into the pure and
exquisite gem, resembling in its pure pale lustre nothing so much as the
moon herself, "la gran Margherita," as Dante calls
her. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)