Would it be odd to name my daughter Margaret...

(42 Posts)
CheerfulYank Thu 14-Feb-13 21:03:20

If my name is Megan?

She would be Maggie, not Meg. And it's the only name I really like.

TeamEdward Thu 14-Feb-13 21:04:06

Love love love Maggie!
Not odd with Megan, at all.

emmyloo2 Thu 14-Feb-13 22:00:16

No absolutely not weird at all. I my mind they are very very different names and as I said on my thread, Margaret is my current favorite. You could use the nickname Maggie or Margie.

drjohnsonscat Thu 14-Feb-13 22:09:42

I think it's lovely. I wanted Margaret too. Maggie is lovely.

AmandaPayne Thu 14-Feb-13 22:42:11

Nope. It's lovely. As long as you don't plan to use Meg, I think that they are different enough. Lovely, strong, beautiful name.

Oh, if you have middle names, make sure her initial isn't the same though.

CityMa Thu 14-Feb-13 22:53:31

But do you get called Meggie? In which case you would be Meggie and Maggie. Even Megan and Maggie is a bit of a mouthful IMO.

But then I avoided any duplication of initials at all... !

CheerfulYank Thu 14-Feb-13 23:06:52

No, I'm never Meggie. smile Meg sometimes, very occasionally Megs.

amck5700 Thu 14-Feb-13 23:06:57

You could have Rita too for short.

BumgrapesofWrath Thu 14-Feb-13 23:09:27

I wanted Margaret if we had a DD. Then you can have Maggie, Peg, Pearl etc

Startail Thu 14-Feb-13 23:20:49

cant we wait ine more generation before reviving Margaret, please.

It's what my friends mother's and some of the oldest girls at school were called.

It's DSIS's middle name and she hates it.

BackforGood Thu 14-Feb-13 23:33:00

I like the name Margaret, but am still pleased one of the criteria when we were choosing names was that we all had our own initial. No point in creating problems when there are 26 letters in the alphabet after all.

SecretNutellaFix Thu 14-Feb-13 23:34:08

Margaret is lovely.

I like the pet forms of Daisy and Peggy.

Maggie is a very strong shortening though.

I have a form of Margaret as my middle name, even though I hate it as I have always thought it poncy.

LulaBear Fri 15-Feb-13 01:32:45

I would not connect Megan and Margaret at all, go for it!

MidnightMasquerader Fri 15-Feb-13 02:38:16

No, revive it now - by the time everyone else gets on board, your DD will be in her prime with a lovely, fresh, current name, while everyone else's eyes are glazing over at all the Rubys, Daisys, Millys, Evies, etc, etc. smile

emmyloo2 Fri 15-Feb-13 03:42:25

Agree with Midnight - it will stand out amongst the names she has mentioned.

CheerfulYank Fri 15-Feb-13 03:56:37

Plus I'm American, so we go through name revivals at different times than you do. smile

mathanxiety Fri 15-Feb-13 04:49:39

I wouldn't see any problem. Margaret /Maggie - lovely, and not connected to Megan.

runawaysimba Fri 15-Feb-13 05:13:58

I have a Margaret, nicknamed Maggie, and I love it. Get so many positive reactions to her name.

MrsJamin Fri 15-Feb-13 06:23:41

It's my middle name and I have always hated it. Not helped by growing up in Thatcher's Britain I guess. It does seem too soon to revive it. There are so many lovely girls names I have no idea why you would choose Margaret! It's not at all romantic, just really mundane.

MidnightMasquerader Fri 15-Feb-13 07:26:18

But that's just your perception, MrsJamin - it's not an objective absolute. As you can see from all those coming on to say they like it on this thread.

Everyone said that about my name in the 70s, well before it was ripe for revival. It's Isobel. It's great now being in my 30s and not just being another Joanne or Claire or Karen or Sarah.

Besides, people in other countries inevitably have very different associations of names. smile

amck5700 Fri 15-Feb-13 11:21:48

I would cheerfully dance on Thatchers grave.......I still like the name Margaret though and I don't associate it with her.

squoosh Fri 15-Feb-13 12:04:05

I love the name Maggie, and find it quite easy to disassociate the name from 'that woman'. And you're in America so that's not even a consideration really.

It's a strong and sassy name.

diddl Fri 15-Feb-13 12:21:19

Not odd, although I find it really old fashioned compared to Megan-which is a much nicer name imo.

NotActuallyAMum Fri 15-Feb-13 12:28:58

This has made me cry a little blush our Mum was Margaret, we lost her suddenly last year to cancer. I didn't think I'd see the name become popular again

Please do it OP, you've made my day smile

CheerfulYank Fri 15-Feb-13 14:10:43

Oh NotActually. thanks Sorry for your loss.

Margaret Thatcher has no associations here, or Princess Margaret.

Thank you for all the opinions! Margaret is a very old name here, more a great-grandmother or grandmother name than a mumsy one...mums for my generation are Linda or Barbara or similar. smile

CheerfulYank Fri 15-Feb-13 14:12:40

My concern about the Megan/Margaret thing was just that both have Meg as a nn. But if we call her Maggie from the get-go it shouldn't be an issue.

AmandaPayne Fri 15-Feb-13 14:18:35

I always think that the thing with nicknames is that, if you don't use one, people will often shorten the name for themselves. Margaret in the UK would normally get shortened to Maggie as the default, not Meg. So if you don't use a nickname, Maggie may well develop as the nickname. If you want the nicknames like Meg, Pearl, Daisy, Mags, you need to encourage them IYSWIM. Unless it's very different in the US, I wouldn't expect you to have to fight against Meg as a shortening.

greenhill Fri 15-Feb-13 14:25:40

It's a great name, go for it. As long as you call her Maggie from the start, no one else can change it to anything else, as you have already shortened it.

One thing, do you watch The Simpsons? The baby is called Maggie.

MortifiedAdams Fri 15-Feb-13 14:27:15

You could just have Maggie from the start? As in, on the birth certificate.

magbob Fri 15-Feb-13 14:31:28

I have a Margaret, known as Maggie. No regrets at choice. Some people mishear the name as Maddie which i hadn't expected! She went through a stage of wanting to be called Margaret as she then had the longest name in her class!

CheerfulYank Fri 15-Feb-13 18:27:00

There are Maddies everywhere here too smile

mumzy Fri 15-Feb-13 21:18:37

My friend named her dd Margaret her nn is Mags which i like a lot

stringbean Sat 16-Feb-13 21:57:38

Conversely, I know a Maggie (Margaret) whose dd is Megan. Not odd at all. Margaret is a lovely name, strong and elegant; I like Maggie too. Margaret was my grandmother's name and I've always liked it.

CheerfulYank Sun 17-Feb-13 04:13:25

Most people seem to like it, but when my mother told her friend we were thinking of it, the friend let out a horrified gasp and said "can't you talk them out of it?!" hmm

tadjennyp Sun 17-Feb-13 05:03:06

Margaret is my mother's name too and I have really got to like it recently. Molly is also a nickname for it! Sounds lovely, CY!

mathanxiety Sun 17-Feb-13 05:39:13

A lot of older people have a bad case of newisbetteritis imo. Every single one of my DCs had a Margaret (or in one case a Margret) in class with them. In the case of DD1 there were three of them, two Maggies and one Margaret. The other big names for girls were Emily, Grace, Sarah and Rachel, with three or four in each DC's class. On Grandparents' Day in their school many of the grandparents shook their heads sadly when they saw the names but seemed to like the Ashleys and Addisons, etc..

runawaysimba Sun 17-Feb-13 05:50:45

Notactually, so sorry to hear that. You made me cry a wee bit too! My Margaret is named after my Grandma, who died of cancer when I was a teen. I never knew, until we told the family that DD would be known as Maggie, that Grandma always loved that nickname and wished people had used that for her!

Sorry to slightly derail the thread, OP, but there's obviously no shortage of lovely Margarets to honour :-)

corblimeymadam Sun 17-Feb-13 06:08:06

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Sunnysummer Sun 17-Feb-13 10:12:41

It's a lovely name, and definitely not too similar! smile

Graceparkhill Sun 17-Feb-13 10:20:33

I think it is a lovely name. I know a couple of teenage Margarets- one goes by the full name,the other is called Meg.

bigkidsdidit Sun 17-Feb-13 12:16:28

I love love love Maggie but it still says Thatcher to me so I can't use it. I'm jealous!

weegiemum Sun 17-Feb-13 14:26:41

I like it. It's my middle name and my best friend is Maggie or Maggs. It's great, classic, timeless and very versatile. As long as you don't use Peggy, IMO!

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