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From the name of a legendary third century saint, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] margarita from Ancient Greek μαργαρίτης (margaritēs), “‘pearl’”).
- A female given name.
- 1590 William Shakespeare: First Part of King Henry the Sixth: Act V, Scene V (the closing lines):
- Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king;
- But I will rule both her, the king, and realm.
- 1830 Mary Russell Mitford: Our Village: Cottage Names:
- Margaret, Marguerite - the pearl! the daisy! Oh name of romance and of minstrelsy, which brings the days of chivalry to mind, and the worship of flowers and ladies fair!
- 1868 Bentley's Miscellany, London. p.417:
- Amongst us English, the name is a greater favourite than with any other nation: but we have played upon it, and abused it oftener too. In no language does Margaret sound sweeter or homelier than in ours: not so Mag, Maggie, Meg, Madge, Moggie, Peg, Peggy, and abominable Piggy, of which abridgements only the two first are defensible.
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