Name: Megan

Origin and Meaning of the Name Megan

  • Meaning:
    Pearl
  • Origin:
  • Meaning:
    Little Pearl
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  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (MEH gan)
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Miscellaneous Info for Megan

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  • Used in:
    English and Welsh speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Megan is a Welsh diminutive form of Margaret, from Greek 'margaron', "pearl", and thus means "little pearl".

    The form may have been borrowed from, or given rise to such abbreviated forms as Meg, Maggie and Mags.

    In USA, Megan's Law requires the law enforcement authorities to notify the public if a sex offender moves into the community. It was named after rape and murder victim Megan Kanka.

    Notable Megans include actresses Megan Fox and Megan Mullaly.

    It was the most popular girl's name in Wales in 2006, but fell to 2nd place in 2007.

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