Name: May

Origin and Meaning of the Name May

  • Meaning:
    The fifth month of the year
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    The fifth month of the year, named after the Roman goddess Maia.

    In the Middles Ages, it was probably a pet form of Matthew (Mayhew). Its use led to the surname May. When the name came back in the 19th century, it was a pet form of Mary and other names beginning with M-.

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