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Early Origins of the Margaret family

The surname Margaret was first found in Languedoc, in the south of France, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Nimes and Toulouse and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.

Early History of the Margaret family

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Margaret Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Marguerite, Margeride, Margaride, Margalide, Margerit, Marguerie, Marguery, Margry, Margrette, Margeridon, Marguerin, Margeron, Margulius, Margotin, Marguet and many more.

Early Notables of the Margaret family (pre 1700)

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Margaret Ranking

In New Zealand, the name Margaret is the 384th most popular surname with an estimated 1,685 people with that name. [1]

United States Margaret migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Margaret Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Margaret, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [2]
  • Henry Margaret, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [2]
Margaret Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Margaret, aged 34, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1851 [2]
  • M Margaret, aged 35, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Margaret (post 1700) +

  • Saint Clitherow Margaret (1556-1586), religious called "The Pearl of York"
  • Sally Margaret Field (b. 1946), American actress, singer, producer, director, and screenwriter, recipient of two Academy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and nominations for a Tony award, and two British Academy Film Awards
  • Gillian Margaret Bibby MNZM (1945-2023), New Zealand composer, pianist, writer and teacher, born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, and studied at the University of Otago and Victoria University
  • Susan Margaret Love (1948-2023), American surgeon, a prominent advocate of preventive breast cancer research, and author, best known for pioneering work fueled by her criticism of the medical establishment's paternalistic treatment of women
  • Rebecca Margaret Blank (1955-2023), American economist and academic administrator, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison (2013-2022), United States Secretary of Commerce (2012-2013)
  • Nancy Margaret Tichborne (1942-2023), née Keedwell, a New Zealand watercolour artist who specialised in paintings of flowers which appeared on calendars, diaries, cards and postage stamps
  • Ann Margaret Harding AO FASSA (1958-2023), Australian economist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Canberra
  • Brenda Margaret Almond (1937-2023), née Cohen, a British philosopher, known for her work on philosophy of education and applied ethics
  • Doris Margaret Anderson CM (1922-2022), Canadian nutritionist and politician from St. Peters Bay, Prince Edward Island, Senator for St Peter's, Prince Edward Island (1995-1997)
  • Ellen Margaret Leonard CSJ (1933-2022), Canadian systematic theologian and Roman Catholic religious sister who published three books on figures important in Roman Catholic modernism

  1. "Most Common Last Names in New Zealand." Forebears,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook