Tons of little girls answer to Addie and Ellie. Maddie is epidemic.
So why not Maggie?
High profile uses abound. Jon Stewart has a daughter named Maggie. So do Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. But what if you’d like a formal name for your daughter’s birth certificate, but aren’t wild about Margaret?
Read on for a long list of appellations that will get you there!
Getting to Maggie: The Classics
Margaret – The original formal form of Maggie, Margaret has been around for eons. From the Greek word for pearl – margarites – she’s been worn by saints and queens, writers and politicians. In any field of endeavor, there’s an accomplished Margaret, and a surprising number of them answered to Maggie – at least at some point in their lives.
Margot – For ages, Margot was one of the few ends-with-o possibilities for a girl. Our options have expanded, but Margot still feels like a vibrant, appealing name – and it is another way to get to Maggie.
Getting to Maggie: The Imports
Magda – In German and Polish she’s a short form of Magdalena. But in English, Magda could be the formal name and Maggie the nickname.
Magdalena – You’ll hear her in Poland and Spain, Sweden and Croatia. In English, she’s evolved into Madeline over the years. Magdalen or Magdalene are other possibilities.
Margareta, Margarita – The pizza and the drink do make this one tough to wear. But they are both forms of the name in use elsewhere.
Marguerite – With French names so in vogue, Marguerite seems like the best of both worlds – the stunning, elegant Marguerite, plus the friendly, upbeat Maggie.
Getting to Maggie: The Botanicals
Magnolia – With her -ia ending and floral status, why aren’t we hearing more of Magnolia?
Marigold – Mari or even Goldie might be more natural nicknames, but a little Marigold could certainly answer to Maggie, too.
Getting to Maggie: Surnames
Maguire – I met a boy called Maguire years ago, and it has stayed with me. If girls can answer to Mackenzie and Madison, why not Maguire?
Margolis – She comes from same origins as Margaret – pearl – but makes for an unexpected surname form.
Getting to Maggie: The Rarities
Madrigal – Move over Harmony and Cadence! It’s time for another musical name, this one from sixteenth century Italy. A madrigal was a form of secular music.
Magali, Magalie – I’m fascinated by Magali, an Occitan spin on Margaret.
Magdala – Located on the sea of Galilee in the ancient world, it’s the hometown of Mary Magdalene. The place name comes from the Hebrew word for tower. She’s an unexpected twist on a classic.
Getting to Maggie: Double Names
Mary Agnes – Another thought for getting to Maggie? Just like James Xavier could answer to Jax, combining the M of Mary – or Marie or Mae or some other M name – with an Ag- name could be just the thing. With Agnes attracting attention, why not use Mary Agnes to get to Maggie?
Are there other names you can imagine using to get to Maggie? Are you fond of Maggie, Margaret and company? Or are they not your style?