Megan, Meghan, Meagan, etc.

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FOR REAL: The name Megan is originally a Welsh pet form of Margaret. The original Welsh pronunciation is /MEG gan/, although in English, regional differences exist as some pronounce it /MEE gan/ and others /MAY gan/. It has been mistaken as an Irish name in the USA and sometimes 'Irishized' with the spellings Meaghan, Meghan etc. The spelling Meghan has Australian author Colleen McCullough to blame, McCullough may have first coined that spelling for the protagonist her book The Thorn Birds. In fact, it is likely because of her fiercely Irish heroine Meghan, that the whole notion that Megan is an Irish name got started.

For those who insist that Megan is Irish, and there are many militant pro-Megan Irish-Americans out there who have emailed me, There is an obscure Irish surname, Meegan. However, this name has usually been found as Meehan in this century.

diminutives: Meg, Meggie

related names: Margaret

Other recorded spellings: Meaghan, Maegan, Magen, Magan, Maeghan, Meggan, Meghann, Maygan, Megyn, Megann, Maegen, Meeghan, Meegan