Infographic of May name meaning, which is “She who has the most,” from the Latin magnus, great, but more specifically from maximus, the greatest. Sometimes also used as a diminutive of Mary.
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May Name Popularity

How popular is the name May? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 140 551 0.1565%
1911 151 502 0.1348%
1912 150 690 0.1368%
1913 168 657 0.1159%
1914 176 734 0.1053%
1915 174 960 0.1057%
1916 189 909 0.0941%
1917 193 926 0.0926%
1918 200 935 0.0871%
1919 194 949 0.0906%
1920 202 933 0.0839%
1921 203 957 0.0836%
1922 222 832 0.0747%
1923 220 835 0.0746%
1924 223 839 0.0722%
1925 220 816 0.0722%
1926 233 731 0.0665%
1927 237 705 0.0637%
1928 233 681 0.0636%
1929 267 531 0.0513%
1930 274 507 0.0485%
1931 284 438 0.0444%
1932 301 402 0.0407%
1933 311 356 0.0382%
1934 331 322 0.0333%
1935 342 302 0.0311%
1936 362 259 0.0269%
1937 374 251 0.0255%
1938 410 219 0.0214%
1939 419 212 0.0208%
1940 413 236 0.0222%
1941 434 210 0.0187%
1942 436 234 0.0185%
1943 496 175 0.0134%
1944 464 192 0.0155%
1945 497 164 0.0134%
1946 593 131 0.0089%
1947 542 196 0.0117%
1948 556 172 0.0108%
1949 569 168 0.0104%
1950 624 135 0.0084%
1951 561 185 0.0109%
1952 664 132 0.0076%
1953 696 123 0.0069%
1954 651 155 0.0085%
1955 690 137 0.0074%
1956 765 114 0.006%
1957 957 70 0.0036%
1958 876 86 0.0046%
1959 839 101 0.0053%
1960 920 82 0.0043%
1961 1,015 68 0.0036%
1962 972 73 0.004%
1963 1,083 55 0.0031%
1964 1,047 59 0.0034%
1965 1,119 45 0.0028%
1966 1,140 43 0.0028%
1967 1,137 42 0.0028%
1968 1,144 45 0.003%
1969 1,117 52 0.0034%
1970 1,376 35 0.0022%
1971 1,130 55 0.0037%
1972 1,192 44 0.0032%
1973 1,154 47 0.0036%
1974 1,371 33 0.0025%
1975 1,292 41 0.0032%
1976 1,486 28 0.0022%
1977 1,392 38 0.0028%
1978 1,400 37 0.0028%
1979 1,193 61 0.0043%
1980 1,044 87 0.006%
1981 1,007 92 0.0063%
1982 933 109 0.0073%
1983 1,043 82 0.0056%
1984 1,125 71 0.0048%
1985 1,073 85 0.0056%
1986 1,141 76 0.005%
1987 1,306 56 0.0037%
1988 1,473 46 0.003%
1989 1,534 48 0.003%
1990 1,636 46 0.0028%
1991 1,708 42 0.0026%
1992 2,013 28 0.0018%
1993 1,586 50 0.0032%
1994 1,607 49 0.0032%
1995 1,572 48 0.0032%
1996 1,957 29 0.0019%
1997 1,694 44 0.003%
1998 1,987 30 0.002%
1999 1,852 38 0.0025%
2000 1,708 50 0.0033%
2001 1,795 46 0.0031%
2002 1,706 52 0.0035%
2003 2,053 34 0.0022%
2004 1,941 42 0.0028%
2005 1,891 46 0.003%
2006 2,011 41 0.0026%
2007 2,238 31 0.002%
2008 2,035 40 0.0026%
2009 2,408 23 0.0015%
2010 1,806 51 0.0035%
2011 1,956 38 0.0027%
2012 1,638 62 0.0044%
2013 1,627 62 0.0044%
2014 1,542 70 0.0048%
2015 1,614 63 0.0043%
2016 1,510 74 0.0051%
2017 1,433 80 0.0057%
2018 1,585 60 0.0044%
2019 1,439 75 0.0055%
2020 1,909 52 0.0041%

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Names Like May

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What names are variants of May?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name May.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Mae

The fifth month

English

Maelee

The fifth month

English

Maelynn

The fifth month

English

Maia

Great; mother

Greek

Maj

Great; mother; the fifth month

Greek

Mala

Woman from Magdala; the fifth month

Hebrew

Maya

Dream

Indian (Sanskrit)

Mayana

The fifth month

English

Maye

The fifth month

English

Mayleen

The fifth month

English

Maylene

The fifth month

English

Mei

The fifth month

English


What names sound like May?

If you like how May sounds, you might also like these names that sound like May.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Maiya

Rice valley

Japanese

Mayah

Great; mother

Greek

Mea

Scandinavian

Meya

Scandinavian

Mia

Dear

Scandinavian

Miah

Spanish

Miya

Temple

Japanese

Mo

Star of the sea

Irish

Moya

A variant form of Moira.

Scandinavian

Mya

Dream

Indian (Sanskrit)


What names are similar to May?

Find a name that’s like May, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Annemae
Claramae

English

Ellamae

A combination of Ella and Mae.

September

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3 Comments

  1. My fianc?e and I narrowed our search down to only M names because we wanted two M’s and two J’s in the house. We both liked May because it’s short and sweet, easy to pronounce and spell, and it’s also my birth month and the name of my favorite singer songwriter.

    One downside is that people seem to want to spell her name as Mae, which we hadn’t anticipated.

    • Really? That’s funny! My name is Maelyn, I go by Mae. Everyone, and I mean everyone, wants to spell my name as May! Except for one friendly Starbucks worker.

  2. I had choose this name because i had a friend that i know from school she was from china and she was a transferred student


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