i was doing some research into my name for an essay for my creative nonfiction class.
meghan is a bastardization of meg which is a pet name for margaret. the name margaret comes from the Greek word “margarites” which translates to pearl. therefore, my name roughly means “little pearl”.
until people discovered how to synthetically farm pearls, they were a very rare find in the wild. thus, the pearl has become symbolic of rarity, value, and beauty.
i find this ironic because megan and its variations was the tenth most popular name in 1992, the year I was born.
i can’t help but wonder how applicable this meaning is to myself.