Marigold Meaning and Origin

The name Marigold is a girl’s name meaning “flower” and is of English origin. The Old English name of the flower was golde ‘gold’ a reference to the color. Marigolds are a cheery golden, orange-and-yellow flower that is associated with the Virgin Mary. The name was adopted in the 19th century, at the peak of flowers’ popularity. Marigold is used as a girl’s name almost exclusively in Britain and was very popular in aristocratic families; Winston Churchill named his daughter Marigold. It is also a flower sacred to the people of Mexico. This floral name lends itself to some pretty adorable nicknames, including Mary, Margo Maggie, Mari, Goldie, and Ari. In addition to its use as a given name, Marigold has also been used as a surname. Notable individuals with the surname Marigold include British footballer Tom Marigold and Australian cricket player George Marigold.

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