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She’s a medieval short form derived from a name made famous by a fourth century saint – and yet, she sounds completely at home in the 21st century.

Thanks to Heather for suggesting Margot as our Baby Name of the Day.

English speakers might find the silent t at the end of Margot confusing.

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  1. I really like Margot. As a great Francophile, I adore that particular spelling. I am ambivalent about Margaret, and I don’t mind Maggie, but I am not fond of a lot of the other Marg-names and nicknames. Marguerite always makes me think of the mean sister on Ever After. I have Margot on my long list.

  2. I love Margot, especially as a way to honor my mom Margaret, as well as several aunts and cousins. However, Margo coupled with the boyfriend’s last name ends up sounding very much like merry-go-round. Sadly, it’s out of the question!

  3. Love, love, LOVE Margot! I’ve loved her ever since I had a dream that featured a Margot while a preteen. She’s basically the only ends-in-o name that I like. If the choice was entirely up to me I’d have a little girl named Margaret nicknamed Margot. Sadly, the DH does NOT like Margaret, so that option’s out.

  4. Love Margot – she and Marjorie are my favorite Margaret names. I think of Margot as definitely feminine without any frills. Works great at any age.

  5. I’m not a fan of any of the “Marg” names, but I prefer Margaux. Call me pretentious, but there it is. And it’s awful, but whenever I hear Marguerite, I always think of this silly poem that was in a book I had when I was kid that went “Marguerite/Go wash your feet/The Board of Health’s across the street.”

    1. I’ve never heard the wash-your-feet rhyme before, but now I can’t get it out of my head! Margaux was one of the first name I fell in love with … it isn’t nearly as outlandish as some re-spellings I’ve seen.

  6. I’m not really a fan of Margot/Margery names. I know it’s juvenile, but I can’t get the taunt “large Marge” out of my head with Marjorie/Margery. And Margot just reminds me of escargot. Now I do like Marguerite and Margrethe is lovely and breathy 🙂