This is my name, and I love it. I've never met another Marigold, so I really feel like the name belongs to me. It's a pretty name and easily associated with the flower. It's unusual enough without being bizarre. It's extremely feminine without being girly. It's both very old fashioned and very contemporary. People always compliment my name when they meet me. What more could you want in a name? (Thanks, Mom!)

The name of the flower the marigold (genus Tagetes). It's name is derived from the phrase "Mary's gold." Indigenous to North and South America, marigolds are the traditional flowers that decorate altars during El Dia de los Muertos (the Mexican Day of the Dead). Earlier, the calendula flower was called the marigold-- so called because pilgrims who didn't have coins to place on altars to the Virgin Mary placed these gold-colored flowers instead.

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