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May (F)>

May (female)

Pet Name for:Mable (F) Margaret (F) Margery (F) Marion (F) Marjorie (F) Marjory (F) Mary (F) Molly (F)
Derivative(s):Maya (F) Maybelle (F)
Derivative of:Mary (F)
Can be spelt:Mae (F) Mey (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Private communications [AB, JB 2, TL]

English derivative of and pet name for Mary and also a pet name for Margaret.

May as a given name is now more associated with the fifth month and possibly with the may, the white flower of Crataegus laevigata, the English hawthorn.

A private communication [AB] suggests May as a pet name for Marjory, Margery, Marjorie and Molly. This occurs in some official records and it might be well to consider this when searching. Another correspondent [TL] has an ancestor baptized Margery who was also known as Mary or May, which confirms this connection.

Although there is no clear link, a correspondent [JB 2] recalls that an ancestor baptized Marion was always known as May so we have added this pet name for completeness.