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PronunciationWelsh: [ˈmɛɡan] (About this soundlisten), Anglicised: /ˈmɛɡən/ (MEG-ən), /ˈmɡən/ (MEEG-ən), or /ˈmɡən/ (MAY-gən)
Other names
Related namesMeg, Margaret

Megan (also spelled Meghan, Meagan, Megyn, Meaghan, Maeghan) is a Welsh female given name, originally a pet form of Meg or Meggie, which is itself a short form of Margaret. Margaret is from the Greek μαργαρίτης (margaritēs) for "pearl". Megan is one of the most popular Welsh names in Wales and England; it is commonly truncated to Meg.[1] Nowadays, it is generally used as an independent name rather than as a nickname.[2]

Megan was one of the most popular girls' names in the English-speaking world in the 1990s, peaking in 1990 in the United States[3] and 1999 in the United Kingdom.[4] Approximately 54 percent of people named Megan born in the US were born in 1990 or later.[3]


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  1. ^ "Common Welsh Girls Names". Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  2. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hodges, Flavia (1990). A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. pp. 232–33. ISBN 0-19-211651-7.
  3. ^ a b "Girl Name Megan – Trends, Comments and Popularity of Megan". Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  4. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "Baby Names in England & Wales". English Baby Names. Retrieved 16 September 2017.