Meghan Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Megan:
Borrowed from the Welsh, Megan is a pet form of Marged, the Welsh cognate of Margaret (a pearl).
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Fantastic name, but be prepared to say "Meghan with an H" for the rest of your life!
My friend spells her name this way and pronounces it "MAY-gen"
I also pronounce Meghan as MAY-gan because of the influence of the Sanskrit name Meghana in my heritage (btw, Meghana means "cloud" in Sanskrit).
For some reason people always think the name Megan is Irish (in America in particular I have found). I have heard people refer to spelling it Meghan as being more Irish. In reality it is Welsh, and the traditional spelling is Megan. Meghan looks more modern.
- Personal experiences with the name Meghan
I'm a Thornbirds Meghan baby. My mom loves calligraphy and she thought the stem of the "h" in Meghan balanced out nicely with the lower "g." Otherwise the name is lopsided. I think the Megan spelling is cuter and just lighter (it has grown on me now that it's popular in the UK as Megan; I hated Megan as a kid) but for me, Meghan is just the prettiest way to write it.
My parents always said this was the Irish way to spell the name and we are quite Irish. I always have to spell it out, and though it hasn't hampered my life in any significant way I would prefer the traditional spelling of the name. I have always named my children easy-to-spell names as a result.
I have a Meghan too. Yes my influence came from the mini series Thornbirds. I was 14 when it first aired on TV. I told my Mom,"some day I'll have a daughter and name her Meghan"!
My mother named me 'Meghan' after the main character in the book 'The Thornbirds', one of her favorite novels at the time of my birth (December 1984). She had no idea it was a popular name at the time. I love my name and I think the spelling is rather beautiful, though I do have to spell it out everytime I give it to people. I don't believe 'Meghan' spelled any other way is MY name. But this experience has good qualities: I'm a stickler for spelling other people's names right. I feel guilty if I spell other people's names wrong, knowing how I hate having my name misspelled.
I am the mother of a 'Meghan'. I watched 'The Thorn Birds' miniseries in 1985 and loved the name. Eight years later during my pregnancy, my husband bought me 'The Thornbirds' VHS. Meghan was the only name we could agree upon. My daughter claims the spelling 'MEGHAN' is the RIGHT way to spell it.
These passages made me laugh a little, because my mother too named me after the Meggie in "The Thornbirds." Rachel Ward was stunning. I wonder how many "Thornbirds" inspired Meghans there are out there!!!!
******THIS IS NUTS!!!!!!!! I was just looking up the meanings of mine, my moms ect. & this is my middle name 1st namd Sarah "meaning princess" & in 1980 my mother was reading the book "the Thorn Birds" & fell in love with the name (spelling, the way you pronouce it, everything)... To read ya'll stories, all I have to say is there must be something about that book Preg. moms!!!! LOL But I love the name cause it is just as unique as me!!!!
So, my mom also named me after Meggie in Thornsbirds! I have not yet read the novel, but I'm thinking I should considering it's impact on the world of Meghans. I love my name and also feel that other spellings don't apply to me in any way. Meghan is only perfect with an 'h.' ;)
My mother named me Meghan with an "h" because she believed that it was the true Irish spelling of the name Megan. My entire life she explained to people that I was not named for the "Thornbirds" which annoyed her to all ends! To this day I constantly have to tell people, it's Megan with an "H". But overall I love the name and also love the fact not many people in my everyday life has same name. The only thing with the name is that I hate all nicknames that go with it, so I go by Meghan only!
I named my daughter Meghan Nicole in 2001.. I'm too young to have been influenced by the Thornbirds. I was born the year the book came out and only 6 when the mini-series came to TV.. My daughter says Meghan is the way it should be spelled and the other way is just too plain. Her main nickname has always been Meggie but we have a lot of different ones. In addition to Meggie, Meg, Megs, Meggers, my daughter is also called Mega, MaGee, Megatron, Megoo and Mae.. Most of the time though it's Meggie-Doodle.. We didn't come across another Meghan in school until she was in 6th grade and her name wasn't spelled with an H. I love the name and think spelling with an H makes it even more beautiful.
My mom always loved the name 'Meghan' and specifically, the nickname 'Meg'. She named me Meghan (with an H), however I hate the name Meg which I find kind of funny. It is a good, not too common name, however, I have spent my whole life correcting it from Megan or Meegan or similar sounding names. Whenever someone reads the name 'Meghan', they say 'Mee-gen', which at first was annoying, but eventually I just got used to it. I still correct people to this day. I also have to correct the spelling. When people ask me what my name is, I say "Meghan - M, e, g, H, a, n", emphasising the H. However, I have never personally met another 'Meghan'. I have met two Megan's and have heard of other Meghan's, but never met one personally.
- Nicknames for Meghan
Meg, Maggie, Meggie, Meggers, Megs
Mego, as in Le'go my Eggo Mego.
For those of us who pronounce it MAY-gan, we can be May/Mae/Mei for short.
- Meanings and history of the name Meghan
Besides being a cognate of Margaret and meaning 'pearl', Meghan is also a name in its own right, meaning 'brave, bold'.
It is actually the pseudo Gaelic spelling of Megan which is often confused.
- Famous real-life people named Meghan
Meghan Markle, former actress, now Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry
Meghan McCain, columnist, author, and television personality; daughter of Senator John McCain.
Meghan Hayes, actress, "Table for 12", twin
Meghan Channing Camarena, reality star and actress
Meghan Ory, actress
Meghan Trainor, singer
Meghan Agosta-Marciano, 3 time gold medal winning hockey player
Meghan Kalkstein, journalist
Meghan Klingenberg, U.S. Women's National Team
Meghan Rienks, American YouTuber
Meghan Camaena, American YouTuber
Meghan McCarthy, American Vine star
- Meghan in song, story & screen
'Meghann' is the main character of the novel 'The Thornbirds'.