May - girls name

May name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 88%

May name meaning:

The name May is derived from the English word for the month of May. May is often associated with springtime, beauty, and new beginnings. As a name for girls, May carries these connotations, symbolizing the freshness and vitality of the season. It is often considered a name of delicate femininity and charm.

In addition to its association with the month, May has other meanings in different cultures. For instance, in some cases, May is seen as a short form of the name Mary, which means "bitter" in Hebrew. This can signify strength and resilience in the face of challenges. In other cultures, May is connected to the Maia, a Greek goddess of fertility and growth. This association adds a sense of abundance and prosperity to the name.

Overall, the name May is often chosen for girls due to its connection to the spring season, its association with beauty and new beginnings, and its various cultural meanings. It embodies a sense of optimism, grace, and natural beauty, making it a popular choice for parents seeking a timeless and feminine name for their daughters.

Origin: Latin



Dickens names, Victorian names

Related names

May , Mayyadah

Other girls names beginning with M


Overall UK ranking: 654 out of 5581

59 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (442)

Historical popularity of May

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