Megan is a wonderful name. My friend Megan is really kind and looks out for me and I really appreciate that.
― Anonymous User  11/12/2020
I’m surprised nobody mentioned Megan Thee Stallion.
ciara23  10/26/2020
Sounds ugly :/
― Anonymous User  10/21/2020
I have always loved this name. Megan, sounds pretty doesn't it? (Pronounced "Meg-an")
SaltyLemon123456  8/23/2020
I have a little sister named Megan, we pronounce it Meg-an.
― Anonymous User  7/12/2020
Hello everybody, my name is Megan. Personally I really don't want to get into an argument about something so simple as a name. Your name doesn't define you as a being you do and these haters out there don't deserve people who just live with hate all the time, it's really mean especially as we are already in a bad global situation with the virus spreading. All the haters need to concern themselves with is not wasting their precious time hating on people, especially a site about names, are you seriously that bored? Don't shoot the messenger I'm just telling you what everyone is thinking.
― Anonymous User  5/1/2020
I never really thought of Megan as a bratty name, but it seems a little dated. It's an alright name, I suppose.
someone-  3/23/2020
Why is everyone so obsessed with changing how their name is pronounced? You can keep it as Megan, no need to change anything.
― Anonymous User  3/7/2020
One of the only M names I like. It’s so pretty.
nylonpanda  12/24/2019
I am shocked to see all of these negative reviews of this beautiful and feminine name. I love all those Megans out there including myself and don't give up because of people out there making you depressed.

Love all those Megans!
― Anonymous User  10/17/2019
I personally love the name Megan.
Poobrain223  9/26/2019
Megan is a fun name. Megans seem to be driven, cute, able to have fun but also a seemingly effortless leader.
Megans come off as innocent yet strong, regardless of what we know about them.
I certainly hope the new princess Megan doesn’t ruin the name. I can see why people might start thinking of Megan as a bratty name if she isn’t in check soon.
Silly rabbit  9/25/2019
A Welsh diminutive of Margaret and an English name in its own right.
RHAWK3935  7/12/2019
I love this name as I am called Megan myself. I have always thought of it as an unusual name and a magical name. People say that it is a bratty name but here is my impression:

M for mystical
E for energetic
G for gigantic brain
A for amazing
N for nothing's gonna stop me now!

I wouldn't like any other name as this is the name my parents chose for me.
Glossycatss  6/10/2019
When I was in school everyone would pronounce my name Mee_gan I would have to tell them it's pronounced Megan.
Megan_F  5/21/2019
I like this name but it sadly reminds me of Meghan Trainor.
― Anonymous User  4/12/2019
Honestly, why are people so obsessed with changing how they pronounce their own names? If your friends and family are those closest to you and they say your name in the most comfortable and familiar way, there is no reason at all to get so annoyed or upset by it. Megan is said just as it looks and probably doesn't sound that different in Welsh than English.
Hushpuppy  3/14/2019
Megan “Mimi” Drabik is a youtuber known for “Seven Perfect Angels” and “Seven Super Girls”.
Claire_Elisabeth  2/19/2019
I tend to come across a lot of blondes with this name for some reason. One of my childhood tormentors was named Megan, so I don't exactly have the best impression of it, but putting aside my bias it's not a bad name. I just think it's way too common. The alternate spelling 'Meghan' adds a much needed unique twist to it.
― Anonymous User  2/10/2019
This name is kind of fun, it sounds like Lego.
Hushpuppy  1/26/2019
I'm from New Zealand and Megan is my name. It's pronounced MEE-GAN. I hate it when it gets pronounced MAY-GIN or MEG-AN, but since only NZ and Australia pronounce it this way, my name is consistently getting pronounced wrong.

It's cool though, because my Mum's name is Margaret, so my name is a shortened version of hers.

I also dislike the extra letters people add to it like A's or H's, sorry but I prefer the simple spelling.
AmbroseGirl  12/24/2018
Don't really like it.
People will say otherwise but to me it sounds bratty.
― Anonymous User  12/15/2018
Hi everyone,
DISCLAIMER (I'm not trying to be rude, I'm so sorry)
I am called Megan and I am proud I love it. I wouldn't want any other name because that's what my mother called me :) I have a best friend called Megan. We get called the Megans and I love it. It's great. We laugh and joke all the time. We laugh all the time. Let's make a song everyone

M is for magical

E is for effortless

G is for grateful

A is for amazing

N is for now shes rocking the world

Thank you for listening. I think everyone should just enjoy each other's names. I like the nicknames like Meggymoo and Meg. I love my name. Thank you.
MeganG  12/8/2018
Famous Bearer: Megan Park (born July 24, 1986) is a Canadian actress and singer. She is known for her portrayal of Grace Bowman in the television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
― Anonymous User  10/31/2018
This is my name and I think it’s okay. I don’t really have a preference on whether it’s pronounced MEG-an or MAY-gan, although one of my friends pronounced it MAY-gan for over 2 years and I barely noticed until the new girl at my school said “you pronounce it MAY-gan? I thought it was MEG-an,” and I had to tell them I didn’t care either way, and barely even noticed. I’ve never heard MEE-gan, but I think if someone pronounced it that way I’d IMMEDIATELY correct them because that sounds so weird in my head (no offense).
Megan_Elizabeth  10/24/2018
My name is Megan. It can be pronounced any way. It can be spelled even more ways. Every Megan/Meagan/Meghan etc I’ve met has always been a true friend, great cook, animal lover and extreme pizza fanatic. So who cares how you say it or spell it. Megans are great!
Meganmac1489  10/21/2018
In 2018, 20 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Megan who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 113th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2018
Megan was the name of the Ginger Bratz doll.
Luvbug86  9/27/2018
Megan is such a beautiful name, full of spunk! It fits both girly girls and tomboys. I prefer the pronunciation meh-gan to may-gan. I love the meaning pearl. I dislike alternate spellings like Meagan or Meghan.
kayisforkeen  8/11/2018
Ever since I was little, I’ve always had trouble imagining myself as an adult with this name. I’ve always gone by Megan, but I am strongly considering going by my middle name, Alyssa, when I go off to University in the spring. To me, the name “Megan” sounds unprofessional and childish. I love the way my first and middle name flow together, and I do think Megan is a pretty name for a young girl, but as I transition into adulthood (while already struggling with people thinking I am younger than I really am because of my baby face) I’d like to go by a name that sounds a bit more eloquent and “grown up”.
Meg_alyssa  7/26/2018
Also means 'strong' in Welsh.
Mattie Rugg  5/12/2018
My name is Megan and I have found that it is a common name. Believe me. It is very interesting to be in a store and hear your name being called and when you turn around you see that the person that is calling your name is trying to talk to the person around you. It is very annoying. I have wanted to change my name ever since I found out I could change my name. It's nice to know where my name has originated from. Yet at the same time there is way too many ways to spell it. Megan, Meagan, Meygan, Meghan, and many more.
TinkerBell2017  2/20/2018
My name is Megan and it is pronounced differently by everyone. I get "Mee-gan", "May-gin", "May-gan", "Meg-in", and "Meg-anne". I don't hate my name, but I don't love it. It sounds weird compared to other names, and it's really weird when you think about it (I think it might be the 'g' in the name, not many names have a g in the middle). Megan is a name that doesn't flow and it sounds harsh somehow. As a kid I thought it wasn't classy, I couldn't picture an adult with my name, so I told everyone my real name was Margaret, it's not. A lot of comments on here are saying how it's so common, but I only know 3 other Megan's and one is a Meaghan. I often get asked how to spell it, but when people pronounce it weirdly it doesn't bug me that much, I just can't stand being called Maggie! No offense to any Maggie's but it reminds me of a dogs name, specifically the dog from that one pet food commercial. I don't hate my name enough to change it, but I have to admit the name Megan just sounds so weird to me! I feel like no one will take me seriously, I can't imagine a 65-year-old named Megan. I also think that the name Megan with two g's is dumb, no offense.
megegg  12/19/2017
My seventh grade yearbook misspelled this name as 'Megain'
How do you do that? And I know for a fact that this girl's name wasn't spelled that way.
The "name" Megain has almost become a meme to me as a result.
― Anonymous User  12/3/2017
In Australia this name is usually pronounced MEE-gan if spelled Megan.
Sunflowerjill  12/1/2017
If I have a baby girl I'm gonna call her Megan, it's a beautiful name:)
JessK  11/22/2017
My name is Megan. It is pronounced exactly how it is spelled, MEG-an. It really gets under my skin when people pronounce my name as "MAY-gen". I've never heard "MEE-gan" thankfully and find that to be absolutely dreadful. (No offense to any MEE-gans out there).
mhill46  7/24/2017
One of my friends is called Megan and it's pronounced MEE-gin. She gets a little bit annoyed when people pronounce it MEG-an. Once one of our teachers called her Meg! Everyone but our English teacher pronounces it wrong.
I like it pronounced MEE-gin and I think having it pronounced MEG-an is weird.
It flows smoother with our roll call. (Th-IYA, MEE-gin, Ned)
On another point, anyone with the name Megan pronounced MEG-an is not weird, I just don't like the pronunciation. Also if your name is Megan and you have a different pronunciation to MEE-gin, then tell me so I pronounce it to your liking if we are friends in person.
Long message, I'll leave it here, but remember- Megan can also be pronounced as MEE-gin.
― Anonymous User  6/19/2017
Megan Denise Fox is an American actress and model. She began her acting career in 2001, with several minor television and film roles, and played a regular role on the Hope & Faith television sitcom. In 2004, she made her film debut with a role in the teen comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. In 2007, she co-starred as Mikaela Banes, the love interest of Shia LaBeouf's character, in the blockbuster action film Transformers, which became her breakout role. Fox reprised her role in the 2009 sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Later in 2009, she starred as the eponymous lead in the black comedy horror film Jennifer's Body.
cutenose  3/5/2017
Really like this name, although its popularity annoys me. Also, Meghan Trainor is a huge downside to the name, since her music is such crap.
I prefer the classic M E G A N spelling, since it's phonetic, and doesn't seem like a hashed attempt at "uniqueness."
Overall, good.
Entity  3/4/2017
Megan Anna Rapinoe is an American professional soccer midfielder/winger who plays for Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League. As a member of the United States women's national soccer team, she helped the U.S. win gold at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and 2012 London Olympics, and silver at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
cutenose  3/3/2017
I've heard this name pronounced May-gen/gin for a lot of people.

I've also heard it pronounced like meh-gen, with the G being part of the second syllable instead of the first like it usually is (instead of meg-en I mean).
― Anonymous User  2/27/2017
This name was invented in the 1950's so it's not super old, but I like it.
RomanCS02  2/12/2017
I really hate this name... It makes me think of MegaGodzilla and all the megaton in nuclear missile wields, and the worst of all, of Megyn Kelly...
angolmois  1/3/2017
Megan Lynne Young is a Filipino-American actress, model, TV Host and beauty queen. She won the Miss World Philippines title and was later crowned as Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia.
cutenose  5/28/2016
Pretentious and snotty. Also reminds me of Megagodzilla.
angolmois  5/20/2016
Seeing that I used to watch a lot of Drake and Josh when I was a kid, all I can think of when I hear this name is Drake and/or Josh whispering "MEGAN." in a slightly angry, slightly terrified voice. Other than that association, it's not a bad sounding name, but it's horribly common and boring; you can't throw a rock without hitting a Megan.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/10/2016
For some reason when I hear this name, it reminds me of chickens. It does have a certain charm to it, though. I get called this a lot, since it's fairly close to my name (Morgan).
Morgan1599  12/4/2015
Wow. I loved reading what everyone had to say!
Well my name is Maegan, you say it how you see it, and I love my name, I hate it when people get it wrong because it IS different and it makes ME different! :)
Maegan  11/19/2015
It's good that a nice name like this came from Margaret, a name that I particularly dislike. I'm very fond of the name Megan, but Margaret sounds crude and reminiscent of Thatcher. Ew, Margaret Thatcher.
Entity  10/9/2015
When I hear the name, I automatically think of a cute little girl with red hair, freckles, and blue eyes. I always found the name cute.
Boaz86  10/1/2015
I am a Meghan, my nicknames have been Megs, meglet, megalicious... I have given up on Starbucks baristas adding my special little h... When they do I am delighted. It grates my nerves when people mispronounce my name but only after telling them my preference or introducing myself. It's subjective and based on accent. May-gen or Mee-Gan are not my name. Now had I been raised as a May-gen or Mee-gan I would answer to it. There are several variations, spellings, meanings from the welsh pearl, to the Greeks Magnus meaning great one. All in all it wouldn't matter it is in fact who I am.
Meghalynn  9/7/2015
The beautiful Megan Fox has this name. It's the name I always wanted to be called. I ended up being called Helen/Helena. Bummer! :(
SickOfTickingBoxes  9/2/2015
My sister is Megan Victoria, pronounced MEE-gan. Mum originally wanted it pronounced Megg-an but it never caught on. My UK relatives call her Megg-an though, and she's known as Meg in the family.
ClareMack  4/29/2015
Oh My God Claire Mack. My sister's name is Megan, but the other sister is called Victoria!
I quite like this name. My sister is a little bit tomboy, not so girly girly, we call her Meg and Megs for short.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2015
My mom's name is Megan- it's a very pretty name and i love it.
nadia1401  4/8/2015
I was reading a few things about the name Megan (as it is my name). I actually quite like the name because of the things I have read. I was sitting here repeating it in my head and it actually sounds quite weird, like who would think of this name? It's also a very popular name which isn't a bad thing, but there are three other girls with the name Megan in my class alone. As for pronunciation I say Meh-gun and I have never heard anyone say differently. I guess it just depends on where you come from. I also want to add that I am Welsh but still pronounce it like this. Overall I'm actually quite happy that my parents named me Megan, I really like it.
― Anonymous User  2/15/2015
I like how this name is kind of classic and modern at the same time. This is one of my favorite names; I wish my name was Megan!
jdstew76  12/27/2014
I appreciate the frustration of the posters from Wales about the pronunciation of Megan. But I don't think anyone has completely cleared up for those who don't speak Welsh just what phoneme "e" stands for in that language.

The answer is that it is the "short e" sound of "egg", "bet", or "echo." The letter "e" in Welsh never has the sound found in English words like "she" or "he". So the "Meegan" and "Maygan" pronunciations are not authentically Welsh.
clevelandkentevans  12/22/2014
I personally think this is a pretty good name. I mean it doesn't have a big spark or something to it, but it's not a totally bad name. When I hear Megan, I think of a tan-ish brunette who isn't a brat and is really nice to people. I don't know why. This name is pretty popular but you don't see too many blondes named Megan. But yeah, this is a nice name! :)
OliviaBugg12  12/22/2014
It's kind of interesting to see how this name came out of nowhere in the 1950's, to completely explode in the 70's, reach its crescendo in the mid-80's and fade to obcurity in the 2010's.

Kind of speaks volumes about the name fashions..
angolmois  12/15/2014
I hate this name. It's not because it's common (that sort of thing has never bothered me), or even because I know bad people with this name. I know four Megans (one is technically a Meaghan because she's Irish), and all of them are lovely people. I just can't like this name. I like Margaret, and I think Meg is the classiest nickname for Margaret, but even with so many things that should make me like this name, I just don't. It sounds ugly.
kvpp88  10/21/2014
I'm Welsh (born and raised in Wales and can speak Welsh) and I can confirm that Megan is the correct and true spelling of this Welsh name. Our alphabet is phonetic and none of these other stupid spellings (e.g. Meaghan) would make any bloody sense.

The other spellings do seem very 'Americanized' only to be ignorantly labelled as Welsh/Irish etc. just because of the way they look. Research the phonics of celtic languages.

― Anonymous User  9/13/2014
Megan is a lovely, beautiful name. :)
― Anonymous User  8/10/2014
My first name is Megan and I've never minded people asking me how I spell my name or how I pronounce it. Megan Alexandria J.
megan2848  7/14/2014
Megan seems boring to me as it super common and it just sounds plain and boring. I always thought that this name was pronounced (Meg-en). But people in this post say it can also be pronounced (may-gan), which I have never heard. There are not very many good nickname options other than Meg or Ann. I think Margaret is a bad alternative option because Margaret sounds so old and creepy to me.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2014
I have a relative with the name Megan, but it is pronounced Mee-gin. This is my favorite pronunciation.
― Anonymous User  5/25/2014
So My name is Meggan... Two G's. I've never really liked the name, but I do like it if people pronounce my name "MAY-gan" instead of "meh-gan".
I found it kind of boring- it doesn't represent who I am and I've even had people tell me they don't like my name or I don't look like a meggan. (I'm Irish/German/Italian with brown eyes/hair )
I did start liking it when I found a fitting nick name; May. I want people to start calling me May instead of Meggan, and it seems pretty easy... And it's a better nickname than Meg
Anyone else agree/going to conform to the nickname May? ( lol )
Meggan_ott  3/15/2014
I don't know why, but I've always hated this name with the most fathomable passion. Maybe it's just because there's so many around that I get tired of hearing it.

However, if you like that sort of name, then it's nice enough, with a pretty meaning: "pearl".

I do like the nickname "Meg" though, but would rather use it as a nickname for Magdalen.
Bee123  2/6/2014
Well my name is Megan and I actually like my name. I'm shocked that so many say it's common because quite honestly I went to high school in the largest school in Texas and I only knew one other Megan so maybe that's just me. I like my name and in all honesty I could have been given a much worse name. It's not much fun reading mean comments about your name though. I'm also a very sweet person so I hope no other girls have ruined the impression of the women that bear this name.
MeggieCamille  12/15/2013
Alternatively spelled Meghan or Meagan. This was my birth name and I had to live with being one of 5 Megans in my age group/grade at all times. Much happier since I've changed it to a less horribly-overused name.
― Anonymous User  10/26/2013
So beautiful and timeless!
lottie15ward  7/6/2013
Well, let me just start off to say that I just read my own name about 500 times and now I don't even know if it's really my name anymore or if I'm even pronouncing it right or spelling it right. But, I can't really say that I've met any rude or vicious Megans in my life. I've actually been told that I'm very "hippy like", down to earth and humble, and the Megans I've met are as well. Very strong and family oriented, I feel.

And do the people who don't like the name, you honestly don't have to be so rude about it. I love my name, it's simple and sweet and I feel like it really fits who I am.
MeganF  7/2/2013
I don't like it, so common and boring.
kennedyismyname  3/2/2013
Sorry, but ew. This name is really dated.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2013
This is my name. I always wished it was Zoe instead. My name is not in very many songs, mostly because it only rhymes with bacon, or vegan, or Ronald Reagan, or pagan. So if you do name your daughter this, at least become famous and write a song for her first.
nutmeg77  10/11/2012
Megan Hunter is a character in Agatha Christie's 1942 novel The Moving Finger.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2012
Lady Megan Lloyd George (1902-66) was a British politician of Welsh heritage - prime minister David Lloyd George was her father.
(The first syllable of her name is always pronounced MEG exactly as it looks).
Just Jonquil  9/13/2012
It sounds far too clumsy and awkward to me. Plus all of the six Megans I know leave a lot to be desired, personality-wise.

To me, it is very ugly sounding name, though the nickname 'Meg' for a little girl is cute. But, hey, that's just my opinion.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2012
Megan Abbott, a popular fiction author.
Megam8989  6/22/2012
This is my name and I love it and how it is spelt because it is the only spelling of Megan that you can't mispronounce! :)
dizzydoll  5/13/2012
Pronounced MEG-un.
Charlotte777  4/23/2012
My name is Megan and nobody ever pronounces it wrong, it is pronounced MEG-un end of!
Anyway, I absolutely love my name! It is strong, solid and you can't go wrong with it.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2012
My name is Megan and one of my really good friends is also called Meaghan. I love my spelling but I also like my friend's spelling. I love the name but as long-and I mean AS LONG- as it is pronounced MEG-ANN.
― Anonymous User  12/29/2011
This name has a rather hollow sound to it.
Hushpuppy  12/29/2011
My future daughter's name! It is so pretty, princess like, but womanly. I was attracted to this name originally as an alternative to Morgan, which I love but wouldn't use for a daughter because it is also a masculine name which rhymes with my son's name (so people might assume that Warren and Morgan are brothers). But Megan is similar and a lot more girly. I like the meaning "pearl" because that word has special meaning for me. This is no longer seems to be a super popular name. I have not heard of a child or baby named Megan for at least 15 years. I think a girl named Megan born these days would probably be the only Megan in any of her classes.
lovewn  11/30/2011
Forgot to add that I don't think I would ever use the nickname Meg, I prefer May. I am probably planning things way prematurely (because I'm not planning on another child for at least 2 years) but I might also call my future daughter "Minnie" as a nickname because her initial would be M.I.N.
lovewn  11/30/2011
My sister's name is Maeghan. Pronounced May-Gen.
― Anonymous User  11/12/2011
My name is Megan and I pronounce it MEG-AN. I HATE it when it is pronounced differently! I also hate when people base their hating of a name, Megan for instance, on people they've met or how popular it is! Doesn't a name being popular mean it's a nice name and people like it? I think some people don't like a name but don't have a reason so they just use the reasons I've mentioned above!
dizzydoll  7/17/2011
I love this name and not just because it's my name! I think the sound to it is lovely!
dizzydoll  7/16/2011
Megan Campbell is an American stage actress, best known for covering Sutton Foster's Millie Dillmount in the Broadway production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie".
AndrewJKD  6/23/2011
I know two Megans. One is an obnoxious blonde who is a piece of white trash that runs around with all the guys just to get attenion and acts like a total hoochie mama! The other one is a sweet brunette who is nice, hilarious, and one of the most loyal friends you could ever have! So both the Megans I know kinda contradict each other, however, this is not a name I would ever use in the future.
― Anonymous User  5/21/2011
This name is perfect and anyone who doesn't like it obviously has NO TASTE.
― Anonymous User  4/19/2011
Megan reminds me of someone who wears red glasses and is really stupidly clever.
Happytheclown  3/1/2011
It's not a beautiful and timeless classic, but it's pretty cute.
Chrila96  11/19/2010
I love the name Megan. It's just so cute. And I love the nickname Meg.
IrishKisses  9/11/2010
A famous bearer is American actress Megan Dodds (born 15 February 1970). She's best known for her roles in theatre, such as opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in "As You Like It" in 1999, and opposite Madonna in "Up for Grabs", and in the one-woman show "My Name is Rachel Corrie".
AndrewJKD  7/2/2010
This can also be a name on its own, a bit like how Lisa or Molly are used.
― Anonymous User  6/20/2010
Megan Gallagher is the actress who played Katherine Black, the wife of main character Frank Black (Lance Henriksen), on the TV series "Millennium". I think she is very beautiful, and I love the name Megan partly because of her. I loved the show and the character too.
― Anonymous User  5/18/2010
My name is Megan and I pronounce it MEG-AN, though not even my best friend spells it right.
Megan1125  5/8/2010
Pixie is an X-Men character whose real name is Megan Gwynn.
pink__tofu  1/16/2010
I live in Wales, and I'm part Welsh (small part). I always wanted to have a Welsh name, and I love ME-gan (e as in the e of egg, not ee).

Such a lovely name. And you can be called Meg for short! Bonus!
910  8/5/2009
Megan is pronounced 'MEG' - to rhyme with egg - and 'an' - to rhyme with man. Sure, you can pronounce it any way you like, but you could also pronounce Margaret as McGarrit or Elizabeth as Ellie Zabeth, and it would sound silly to most English speakers. If you want to call your child Maygin or Meegan, then spell it Maygin or Meegan, and leave the Welsh name alone. Also, it is not 'Celtic' for anything, because 'Celtic' is not a language, and it's not Welsh for pearl: the Welsh word for pearl is 'perl'.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2009
Megan Rapinoe (born 5th July, 1985) is an American football player from Redding, California. She is a forward for the United States women's national football team.
MaggieSimpson  7/29/2009
A famous bearer is American stage actress Megan Hilty (b. March 29, 1981). She is best known for performing the role of Glinda in the musical "Wicked" in numerous productions, including Broadway, Los Angeles, the first national touring company, and on television in "Ugly Betty". She has also appeared onstage as Doralee Rhodes in "9 to 5", as well as on television in "CSI", "Desperate Housewives", and "The Closer".
AndrewJKD  7/9/2009
It's very confusing to read statements like, "Pronounce it the way it's spelled." English orthography being what it is, you can seldom simply "go by the spelling." And while many people are quick to point out the name's Welsh origins, once it becomes popular in English speaking areas, then it's only natural that it will be pronounced "the English way." How many English speaking Alisons do you know, who pronounce their names with a nasalized "n" a la francaise.

In other words, all the variant pronunciations are valid. My niece pronounces her name "MAY-gan." That's her name, no matter what others seem to think it should be! A similar pronunciation question seems to exist for the name Regan (although for that name, there only seem to be TWO options: REE-gan and RAY-gan: no REG-an, as far as I know).

The polite thing to do, in such cases, is to ask the bearer how he/she pronounces the name, and try to remember that.
gbcallahan  7/4/2009
Meg Griffin from Family Guy's full name is Megan.
MtotheK  5/17/2009
I don't like this name. It's too overused and all the Megans I've met are mean as heck!
kool_babe14  5/15/2009
For God sakes! MEG-AN that is how you say it, that is how you spell it, it means pearl in Celtic, it's short for "Margret".
It's a nice name. It's NOT overused. I don't think you like it because you don't know anyone with the name or you know to many people with the name. It's a nice name with a nice meaning and it's very very pretty.
meganxzxxz  5/14/2009
My name is Megan, and everyone has always pronounced it simply MEG-an.

That being said, I absolutely hate my name. There are way too many Megans in my school. If it wasn't so popular, I probably would like it. I bet if I named my daughter Megan, then it wouldn't be as overused and she might even like it. But I would never name my child this name, because I hate it haha.
meggsxx3  5/6/2009
My name is Megan and I prefer it pronounced MEG-AN. Unfortunately, I'm from Texas, so I get called MAY-GUN a lot.
justadream  4/15/2009
Right, let's get this straight. I am WELSH. I speak Welsh as a first language. My name is MEGAN. And I am an ETYMOLOGIST.

M-E-G-A-N. Right?

Welsh is PHONETIC. You say each letter as you hear it. So: MEGAN is pronounced M-E-G-A-N.

This is infuriating. It may have been used and spelt differently in many different countries, but its original roots are WELSH. That's not ENGLAND, but the country next door.

People from other cultures and countries often associate Welsh names with Gaelic, Cornish and Manx, and therefore are mixed in with the whole "Celtic" thing. WRONG.

I must stress, therefore, that although many people are confused with this, the names MEAGHAN, MAYGAN, MEGHANN, MAEGHAN and MAYGHAN are definitely the way that people have INTERPRETED THE NAME. And I cannot stress this enough: THE ORIGINAL, TRUE FORM IS M-E-G-A-N.

It comes to the same conclusion as, say, the name Chanel. It can be interpreted as SHANELLE, CHANELLE, SHANEL, CHANNELE, and many other ways. But the origin is Chanel.

I hope that many of you realise this now, because I am starting to get a little frustrated. And yes, it is a cool name. I was the only one called Megan right up until University - it was considered to Anglicised.
Dwynwen777  3/17/2009
I know I'm a little late here, but since this is my name I am quite interested in what you had to say.

Like I stated previously in my comment, my name has always been pronounced 'MAY-gihn'. But I do come from a very Irish family, so perhaps that has something to do with it.

You say in the Welsh it is pronounced "M-E-G-A-N", and I'm sorry maybe it is because I'm not quite familiar with phonetic spelling outside my own guessing, but does that mean basically "meh-gahn" or "mee-gahn" or is it something different?

I don't mean to be rude or dismissive, I am genuinely interested, but I am not sure what you mean when you say it's pronounced "M-E-G-A-N". And since you are a native Welsh speaker and an etymologist, I am very curious about your input.
Irish Pearl  5/24/2009
Even though it is my name I personally do not like Megan. It is not unique enough for my taste.
megan1ellen  2/12/2009
Megan Burns is the real name of Goth-Pop singer Betty Curse.
Sophannagh  1/21/2009
It's pretty, but there are too many variations. Megan, Meghan, Meaghan, etc! I knew a girl named this who pronounced it MEG-an and she was always called MAY-gan by our second-grade teacher. I've known five Megans so far, too, but of course that has no bearing on its national popularity; it could just be chance. I'd also like to say that I liked the majority of those Megans (however they were spelled or pronounced), so I mean no offense to Megans, Meghans, Meaghans, MAY-gans, MEG-ans, etc!
― Anonymous User  12/29/2008
Actress Megan Fox bears this name. I can't believe no one has mentioned this. She starred in "Transformers" alongside Shia LaBeouf.
_0TophasNails_1  11/26/2008
Urg, this name is so extremely overused and boring, and I honestly don't find anything pretty about it. I think Maggie is much cuter.
Junidoe-Josephine  9/30/2008
I like the name Megan, it's my name. I don't think it really matters if it's common. I don't really like the name Margaret, and that's my aunt's name.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2008
This is my name, and I like it. Sure, there's lots of other Megans out there, but who really cares? It's nice and short and easier to pronounce than a lot of names.
welovejamesarness  6/14/2008
Megan Carlson is one of the fictional Carlson septuplets.
Patricia Underwood  6/5/2008
Mind numbingly drab. The prounciation should be MEH gin (not may and mee). I don't love Margaret but at least it's befitting of more pleasant nicknames. Megan is an inferior form.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2008
I think Megan is a good name, mainly because I like the nickname Meg. But if I were to name a child, I would use Margaret and simply call her Meg because of the current popularity of Megan. For example, in one of my classes this year, there are two Megans, one Meagan, and one Meghann. They are all pronounced MEG-in, perhaps due to where we live (southern Florida). I have never heard Megan (or any variants) pronounced MEE-gan or may-GAN or any other way except MEG-in. I'm just assuming these variations in pronunciation are due to the speakers' location and/or accent. If a person favors a different pronunciation, I would recommend spelling the name differently to avoid your daughter having to constantly correct people.
― Anonymous User  5/21/2008
I really don't like the name Megan. May-gin. No matter how you say it is pronounced, everyone says it like may-gin. And isn't gin a type of alcoholic beverage? I just wish people would stop saying, oh my name is pronounced differently than yours even though we have the same name but since I have a different spelling I'm a may-gin and you're a meg-in. They all sound the same.
hellohi610  3/30/2008
At 15, I have at least 1 Megan in every one of my classes. In most there are 2 or 3 and they all have different ways of spelling it.
b.lillian  3/20/2008
I've read through these comments regarding the pronunciation of Megan, and honestly, I've never given it any thought before. May-GAN? MAYG-an? I suppose I've always pronounced it "May-gan", and I've never noticed anyone pronouncing it any other way. As it is, anyway, I can't stand the name, and if I hated my middle name a little less, I'd go by that. It seems too rough sounding, and doesn't sound any better as one ages. Even my mother's regretting the name choice, lamenting over the fact that she named me after a character in a book, rather than after her mother. Gee, thanks, Mom. You're 23 years late.
MeganOE  1/11/2008
After serious, volume bending research on a completely different topic, I stumbled upon something interesting for those who want to research the name "Megan".
I see on this site that it is listed as a pet name for "Margaret". Actually, "Meg" is the pet name for "Margaret", meaning "a pearl" and is NOT short for "Megan". The name "Megan" itself bears the meaning of "strong and able". I have never found any other translation. I will add however, to all you language folks - that "Megan" most likely stems from the word (whether Celtic or Gaelic - sorry it's late) "MAGAN" which literally translates to the masculine word "STRONG".
― Anonymous User  1/4/2008
While Megan is a nice name, people will end up saying 'Meg', that sounds dangerously like the word 'egg'. How many puns can the poor child receive because of this name?
― Anonymous User  11/15/2007
People think that this name is "uncool", but when your other options are "Apple" and "Rainbow" and stuff, it seems pretty cool to me.
Penneyperson  11/13/2007
Cute name but WAY overused. Much too common to name a girl these days.
― Anonymous User  11/12/2007
Charlotte Church named her daughter Ruby Megan. She was gonna name her Ava, but apparently Myleene Klass `stole` the name from her. I think Ruby Megan is WAY better than Ava, 'cause Ava is becoming wildly popular.
Anonymous Blogger  11/3/2007
Might I add that I like this name pronounced MAY-GYN. I've heard it pronounced MEE-GYN, which I think is pretty unusual. Another famous bearer is Megan Parker (played by Miranda Cosgrove) from Drake & Josh.
Anonymous Blogger  11/3/2007
Not my favorite name in the world. It's pretty, but if it's that hard to pronounce a "simple" name then what a hassle! I've known several snobby girls with this name, I would never choose it, myself. I've noticed a "know it-all" attitude from people with this name personally.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2007
A famous bearer of the name is actress Megan Ward, who portrays Kate Howard (Connie Falconeri) on the ABC soap "General Hospital".
Diamante04  10/3/2007
OK, I know no fewer than SEVEN Megans. My sister and another Megan spell it "Meghan". I've seen Meaghan. In my opinion, it's too popular now. I mean, don't get me wrong it's a great name, but it's WAY too common.

And another thing, it should be either Megan or Meghan. Not Meaghan or Meaghann or Meghanne or anything like that. I know people wish to be "unique", but you're making a name that should be relatively short, quite long and unspellable.
― Anonymous User  9/8/2007
I like this name a lot! I think it's pretty, nice, sophisticated. I've met only one Megan (in fact, a "Mégane", I live in France ^^) and she's a very very nice person :). I didn't know it was so popular in English-speaking countries.

Also, "megane" means "spectacles" in Japanese, but I don't know if it's a pronunciation for a combination of kanjis or else.
Senko  8/30/2007
She may only be well-known in Asia, but: Megan Zheng is the Singaporean child actress who starred in Jack Neo's film, "Homerun"; for that role, she received the Best New Performer Prize at the 40th Golden Horse Awards in 2003.
seraphine_eternal  7/21/2007
Megan is a great name and those who have anything negative to say about it should just keep it to themselves.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2007
Um, I think people are allowed to give their opinion and their own impression of the name here. It would be pointless if all everyone ever said was "this is a great name!" Maybe people who have nothing significant to add such as yourself are the ones who shouldn't say anything.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2007
I used to have a cat named Megan. It was pronounced MEE-gin.
― Anonymous User  5/19/2007
My grandfather told me Megan is a Welsh princess's name!
― Anonymous User  5/15/2007
This name is just average. It has started to get so popular that it is getting boring. Margaret is more unique, though. So if you like this name, you can name her Margaret and call her "Megan" for short, if you wish.
CharlieRob  5/5/2007
The name is definitely common, but the "popularity" of a name shouldn't affect how you truly feel about it.
aeristella  4/10/2007
It doesn't, really. If it were my absolute favorite name in the world I would use it, probably, even if it were number one. But I know my daughter wouldn't thank me, because she might feel sort of like one out of a huge sea of Megans, and feel less 'unique.' I think it's sort of a childish thought process but way too many people feel that way when they share their name with several other people in their class.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2007
I really like this name, I just think it's too common. "Megan" is really the only valid spelling, but people will find ways to make themselves "different."
― Anonymous User  4/1/2007
My name is Maegen, pronounced MAY-gin. I absolutely love my name! I didn't ever really have a big problem with there being too many Megans in my classes, and I loved how the spelling of my name set me apart. My dad spelled it the way it would be spelled phonetically, so that the Mae makes the May sound and so on. I have only ever met one other person with this spelling and that was strange.
sweet-and-shy  3/12/2007
My name, and given to me during that terrible 1980-1989 Megan-naming span (when the nurse walked in after my mother gave birth to me, my mom said she actually asked "So is it Megan or Katie?"), which it turns out if you add up all the combinations of the name (Megan, Meghan, Meagan, Meaghan, Meghann), makes it the 8th most popular name of that decade (1.168%).

Let me put it this way, there were only about a hundred kids in my grade growing up (I lived in a very small town), and there were still FOUR different Megans (counting myself), each with a different spelling. Of course, this isn't even going into the amount of Megans outside our own grade. It got extremely annoying for each of us I believe, to the point that we all eventually insisted on being called something different, at least among our friends (My name, with this spelling, was pronounced MAY-gin, Meghan was pronounced MEG-an, Meagan was called "Meg", Meaghan was called "Megs"---not that it really changed anything except what our close friends called us).

Aside from the name being constantly mispronounced/mispelled by others (a child with this name will DEFINITELY hear the question "how do you spell that?" or "with an h?" and "with two a's?"), and being called "Megan A." or "Megan D." throughout their elementary school life, the name itself being a derivative of the name Margaret adds on to the unoriginality of the name. Despite them not sounding alike at all, a child with this name looking up its meaning only to find "see Margaret" just takes away more from the "specialness" of it--not only are there millions out there with the same name, but the name itself is a subcategory of a different name that thousands of people have.

. This is ending up sounding very bitter. I don't hate my name, it's just hard to love and be proud of a name you share with so many others, and the name itself isn't unique either. I might like it more if it wasn't so popular I suppose, and there wasn't such an issue of pronunciation (I for some reason can't pronounce "MEG-an", or even "MEG" without some difficulty, I just find "MAY-gin" and "MAYG" much easier and less abrupt). Maybe if the name ever starts to greatly lessen in popularity, it'd be a less troublesome name to have.
Irish Pearl  2/11/2007
At my school, there is an overabundance of Ryans, Ashleys, and Megans (although I love Ryan). I no longer hold my previous opinion of this name, as I've recently met some of the worst girls named Megan, and it totally ruined it for me. I think it's time to lay off this terribly overused name once and for all.
Pheadirean  1/24/2007
Blah. This is so overused. I personally know 6 Megans. I really don't think it's that pretty of a name, even.
gracielou16  1/22/2007
My name is Megan, and I've never ever liked it - I grew up hating it, really, and I've never stopped. It doesn't help that most of the Megan's I've known besides myself were stuck-up, spoiled, and rude. I really would rather my parents have named me Margaret; I just feel it fits me much better. Please, Megan is so overused and boring, pick a different name for your kid. There are way nicer / more interesting names out there.
meganmichele  1/7/2007
Megan is a boring name. Too many people have the name, and there's nothing special about it. Margaret has a quality to it, and you can be called Maggie, Daisy, Margot, or Meg. Maybe even Megan if your name is Margaret. Why does everyone have to name their kid with a nickname? Why can't you name your kid Christina and just call her Tina? Why do you have to give her the name Tina? Or even something like Sally. Name your kid Sarah and just call her Sally! Anyway to get back to Megan, I've noticed that a lot of the girls have middle names that start with M too (if their name is Megan.) Megan Marie, Megan Michelle, Megan Martine. And such. I guess I'll just make my point and stop rambling on. Name your kid Margaret, call her Megan because then you wont be giving her such a common name, and Margaret is just cuter than Megan anyway.
― Anonymous User  1/5/2007
I think Megan is a really nice name. Not just because it is my name even though it definitely helps, but it is a name that is not too kiddie and is not boring. And it's hard to say what most Megans look like, like saying that most Megans have red hair or blonde hair, because there is such a wide variety.
― Anonymous User  8/7/2006
Megan Mullally is the actress that plays Karen on Will and Grace.
― Anonymous User  8/7/2006
FBI agent Megan Reeves is on the TV show "NUMB3RS." (Played by Diane Farr.)
― Anonymous User  7/9/2006
Megan is Welsh as a nickname for the name Margaret. Since there was not a wide variety of names in ancient times like there is now they had to come up with a lot of different nicknames to distinguish people. Megan was one of them for Margaret. Megan is the most original and correct spelling. Some people think that adding the A or the H (Meghan/Meaghan, etc.) is the Welsh or Irish spelling when that is highly incorrect. It may look more Irish/Welsh but it isn't. This can be proved by the fact that in correct Gaelic pronunciation 'gh' would not be pronounced like the normal English gutteral G. 'gh' is prn like 'ch' with a K sound but more gutteral so it is sort of inbetween the English G and the English K sound. 'gh' can also be pronounced like 'y', the difference matters on whether it is short or long.

Megan is my name and I like it ok but wish I had something more unique. I was born in 1985 when it was in the top 10 of baby names for girls and I have lived a life of being Megan (last initial). Thus I'm dedicated to giving my own children legitimate but unique names.
marissa85  6/22/2006
I think the different ways people pronounce has a lot to do with their accents. I have an Aunt from Boston and she always pronounces my name like MAY-gen, because of her accent. Similarly, a penpal of mine from Ohio pronounces my name like MAG-en, and my neighbor pronounces my name like MEEG-en. Personally, I think if you're going to spell Megan m-e-g-a-n then it should be pronounced MEG-an, but sometimes people can't help the way they pronounce it because of their accents.
lucky3teen  6/15/2006
I don't think that Megan is too common but I do think Josh is.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2006
I like this name. My best friend's name is Megan and I have a cousin named Meghan.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2006
I think it is nice but waay too common! I knew 4 Megans just in elementary school.
chihuahualover168  5/31/2006
I just love this name, (pronounced MAY-gan), I picture a spirited young girl with freckles on her nose. It is also a name you could easily grow up with.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
It is a shame that this name is so common nowadays. In films, any characters named "Megan" are usually the popular, snobby, villanous girls. But it is lovely. My favorite spelling and pronunciation is "Maygen".
Pheadirean  4/16/2006
MAY-GIN to me is the prettiest sounding, but that's just because that's how everyone pronounces my name, which, of course, is Megan. I hated it when a teacher called me MEE-GAN, it totally sounded disgusting.
Alianne Cooper  4/14/2006
Megan's Choice is a book by Christain author Rosey Dow.
― Anonymous User  2/21/2006
I prefer to be called MAY-GAN, I hate when people call me MEG-AN. I guess it's just what you prefer. Either way, the name is so common now days, I'm sure there's a million ways to spell it and say it!
mmahon  2/10/2006
My name is spelled Meggan and I'm a brunette with brown hair. People pronounce my name like ME-GAN, not MEE-GAN or MA-GAN!
megganduh  2/1/2006
A famous bearer is Megan White (The White Stripes).
― Anonymous User  1/23/2006
Megan Follows is a Canadian/American actress best known for her role as Anne Shirley in the 1985 Canadian television miniseries Anne of Green Gables and its two sequels. She was fantastic as Anne!
― Anonymous User  1/23/2006
In Gaelic I believe this name is the word for Pearl, one that is highly regarded for beauty or value.
Britvasuka  1/10/2006
I hate the name Megan, it really gets on my nerves!
― Anonymous User  11/27/2005
I say just pronounce Megan the way it looks: MEG-an.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2005
As far as I'm aware, if it's spelt Megan you pronounce it MEG-an and if it's spelt Meaghan you pronounce it MEE-ghen.
― Anonymous User  8/17/2005
Meaghan is one of the many Welsh spellings, and it is pronounced with the Mea like "pea" and ghan like "pen". I have been corrected many times since I was a child. The corrections were made by people from various Irish, Scottish, and Welsh backgrounds. I have long since taken to pronouncing my name as such, and it is accurate. Saying it is not, is the same as saying that dialects in language do not exist. As anyone should know, such a denial of tonal distinction is erroneous.
meaghanm  7/29/2005
I think Megan is already pretty pronounced as "may-gan"; "mee-gin" sounds funny to me, and not in a good way.
gaelruadh19  6/15/2005
It seems to have been only a recent American custom to pronounce this name any differently than it is spelt -- normally in Europe it's simply "meg-an" and nothing more.
― Anonymous User  5/11/2005
This name can also be pronounced MEE-gin or MEE-gan (as in my case and several others I have met). The same applies for all spelling variations.
MeganEM  1/27/2005

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