Saints, queens and world leaders all share this classic name. There’s St. Margaret, the patron saint of expectant women; Queen Margaret of Scotland; and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, among many strong, smart females. It comes from the Hebrew word “margaron,” which means “pearl.” The name evolved from there: Margaron became Marguerite in Old French and then Margaret in England. If you like the name but want to call your girl by a nickname, there are plenty of options, such as Meg, Maggie, Margo, Molly, Mae, Peggy and Greta.
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Unlike her reserved older sister (Queen Elizabeth II), Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowden, was a fun-loving woman who enjoyed the limelight. Her active social life was well-documented by the press in the 1950s and '60s, including her intense relationship with a divorced former military man in the late 1950s. Heartbroken by the scandal, she eventually broke things off and wed photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones in 1960. They had two children, David and Sarah, but the marriage didn't last. Princess Margaret died in 2002.
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