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Mae

Mae Meaning and Origin

The name Mae is a girl’s name meaning “bitter or pearl” and is of English origin. The name Mae is a variant of May, named after the Roman goddess Maia. In English, Mae is often considered a variant of May, which is the name of the fifth month of the year. As a name, May has been used since the 19th century and became popular in the early 20th century as part of the trend of virtue names, which aimed to reflect positive qualities like purity, modesty, and grace. May can also be a short form of other names such as Mary, Margaret, or Mabel. In Irish, Mae can be a variant of Meabh, which means “intoxicating” or “great” and was the name of a legendary queen of Connacht in Irish mythology. 

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