Meaning of the Irish name Mairead. Listen and learn how to pronounce Mairead so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: The Irish form of Margaret, it became popular around the fourteenth century.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Mairead Muiread

PRONUNCIATION: “mawr + aid” , “mur + aid”

ENGLISH: Margaret

AUDIO: (Listen to the late author Frank McCourt pronounce Mairead and read along with the meaning)

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  1. Mairead says

    It’s always funny when a substitute tries to say my name. I’ve heard so many variations. Last year I won the regional spelling bee, and my principal tried to say my name over the loudspeaker. She said May-re-ad O’ Sh-ee-a. My name is Mairead O’Shea.

  2. Mairead says

    More correctly pronounced Mar-raid (As in the related name Mar-gar-et) . Stems from greek word ‘margaron’/margaritēs meaning white flower or pearl. Pronouncation varies due to placement of the fada’s above the vowels. (‘e’ with a fada placed above it sounds like the english ‘A’)

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