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The Name May - Origin and Meaning of May

The Name May - Origin and Meaning of May



Origin of the Name May

Latin; Hebrew or Greek; Arabic

Usage of the Name May

English; English; Arabic

Meaning of the Name May

The name May has several meanings:
1. It comes from the name of the month, which is derived from Maia, the name of a Roman goddess. In Roman mythology, Maia Maiestas, "Maia the Majestic" (also called Fauna and Bona Dea) was a goddess of fertility, healing, virginity, and women. Her name could be derived from the Latin root "mai" meaning "great". The name can also be given in reference to May, another name of the hawthorn flower, whose white flowers blossom in May.
2. It can be used as a pet form of Mary or Margaret.
3. May is also an Arabic name which is of unknown meaning.

Famous Bearers

Bearers of the name include May Robson (1858 - 1942), an Australian actress and playwright; May Ziade (1886 - 1941), a Lebanese poet, essayist, and translator; May Allison (1890 - 1989), an American actress; May Sarton (1912 - 1995), an American poet and novelist; May Hariri (born 1972), a Lebanese singer.
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