Margaret

EnglishEdit

Margaret River (Kimberley) in flood

EtymologyEdit

From the name of a legendary third century saint, from Latin margarita, from Ancient Greek μαργαρίτης (margaritēs, pearl).

Proper nounEdit

Margaret

  1. A female given name.
    • 1590 William Shakespeare: First Part of King Henry the Sixth: Act V, Scene V (the closing lines):
      Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king;
      But I will rule both her, the king, and realm.
    • 1830 Mary Russell Mitford: Our Village: Cottage Names:
      Margaret, Marguerite - the pearl! the daisy! Oh name of romance and of minstrelsy, which brings the days of chivalry to mind, and the worship of flowers and ladies fair!
    • 1868 Bentley's Miscellany, London. p.417:
      Amongst us English, the name is a greater favourite than with any other nation: but we have played upon it, and abused it oftener too. In no language does Margaret sound sweeter or homelier than in ours: not so Mag, Maggie, Meg, Madge, Moggie, Peg, Peggy, and abominable Piggy, of which abridgements only the two first are defensible.
    • 2012 Louise Erdrich, The Round House, Corsair (2013), ISBN 9781472108166, page 292:
      The girls from our year were mainly named some version of Shawn. There was Shawna, Dawna, Shawnee, Dawnali, Shalana, and just plain Dawn and Shawn. There was also a girl named Margaret, named after her grandmother, who worked at the post office. I ended up talking with Margaret.
  2. A river of southwestern Western Australia, presumed named for a cousin of John Garrett Bussell, founder of Busselton.
  3. A river of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, named for its European discoverer's sister-in-law.

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  • Margaret River (town, winegrowing region)

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EstonianEdit

Proper nounEdit

Margaret

  1. A female given name of modern usage, borrowed from English or shortened from Margareeta.

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Proper nounEdit

Margaret

  1. A female given name borrowed from English, best used in the mid-twentieth century.
Last modified on 31 January 2014, at 16:10