Megan Name Meaning & Origin

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.

Related Names:

Meagan, Meaghan, Meghan, Margaret, Meg

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Nicknames for Megan

Megs, Meg, Meggy, Megster, Meggers, Muggs, Megumegu, Meegs, Nutmeg, Megi, Meggie-Sue, Megalodeon (from Nickelodeon)

Meanings and history of the name Megan

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

Megan is a Welsh diminutive of the name Margaret, which is where the "pearl" definition comes from--ancient Greek μαργαριτης (margarites) "pearl" is generally acknowledged as the root of Margaret. The "strong" definition probably comes from confusion with the ancient Greek word μέγᾰς (megas) "strong", which is related to the modern prefix mega-.

While it may not be the literal root of the name, it could certainly be argued that the Hebrew מגן (magen), meaning "shield", is related to Megan. This could also tie into the "strong and capable" definition.

Famous real-life people named Megan

Megan Fox - American actress
Megan Mullally - American actress
Megan Rapinoe- US Women's National Team
Megan Hope Sanov (b. 2009), daughter of American actress, reality show host, director, and author Alison Sweeney

Megan in song, story & screen

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 :)
Meg Griffin from Family Guy
Megan Morse otherwise known by her Martian name M'gann M'orzz and her hero name Miss Martian from DC Comics most popularly Young Justice or Teen Titans
Megan Rose Wong, character in Heather Vogel Frederick's "The Mother-Daughter Book Club"
Megan Gwynn, Pixie of the X-Men

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