Of Greek origin.
From the Greek word “μαργαρίτης”, margarites, meaning “pearl”.
Ancient Greeks found out about pearls during the expeditions of Alexander the Great in Persia.
So, the Greek word is considered a borrow from the Sanskrit “mañjarī”, meaning pearl.
It was later translated into Latin Margarita.
Saint Margaret of Antioch, also known as Marina, is the patron of childbirth.
She was the beautiful daughter of a pagan priest who converted to Christianity and she martyred at Antioch in the 4th century. Legend says she escaped from a dragon.
Margaret was widely used due to the saint’s popularity during the Middle Ages.
The name is common among European royalty.
Other forms of the name are: Margarita, Marguerite, Margherita, Margareta, Margo, Margot, Margrit, Margery, Rita, Greta, Gretchen, Margaretta, Maggie, Marjorie, Marjory, May, Maisie, Peggy, Mette, Molly, Marita, Megan.
Famous bearers are Queen Margaret I of Denmark, Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Mitchell, Princess Margaret, Margaret Cho, Margaret Atwood, Marguerite Duras, Marguerite Moreau, Margaret Avery, Margaret Court.