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Mae is a first name typically given to girls, but in rare cases also used as a boys name.

Mae is a common name for girls!

The name Mae isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all girls names, Mae ranks 549. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn girls, approximately 3 were named Mae. In the entire USA, approximately 79,334 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Mae. That is 0.02 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Mae mean?

Mae is a variant of May, which derived from the Latin name Maia. This name originated from Latin ‘maior’ for ‘greater’. Maia was a Roman goddess and namesake of the month of May.

The name Mae was... very popular at the end of the 19th century and was even given to boys in some cases.

Mae -
someone you can count on

Mae is the epitome of endurance. Every year since first names have been registered in the United States, parents have come up with the idea of naming their daughter Mae. This means that several girls named Mae have witnessed historic events such as the first Nobel Prize ceremony, the moon landing, the release of the first cell phone, or the turn of the millennium. The first name Mae has reached its highest rank of 51 numerous times, but that was long ago before the beginning of the last century, last time in 1895. Nevertheless, the name has been in the top 100 repeatedly. This makes Mae one of the most popular names of all time.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Mae was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Mae in 2022 – still a popular name

Mae will be Mae. Like every other year, there have been newborns named Mae in 2022 – in fact 612 to be precise, confirming Mae is still a popular first name. In this most recent year for which US-wide statistics are available, the name ranked #470 among all girls‘ names. For comparison, the least popular year for this first name was 1993, when only 45 baby girls were named Mae.

Mae has 3 letters 
and begins with an M

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter M is a quite popular first letter for girls' names. That’s because 8.5% of all common girls’ names in the US begin with this letter. Only the first letters A and S are more common for girls' names.

With only three letters, the name Mae is obviously very short. In fact, only 1.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly three letters. Just 0.2% of all first names are even shorter and only have two letters, while nearly 99% of all boys’ and girls’ names use more than three letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Therefore: As 8.5% of all girls' names start with an M, this initial letter occurs nearly 2.5-times as often as all 26 letters on average – and the most common one of all the girls’ names starting with M is Mary.

Other names with 
M, a and e

If you take all the letters in the name Mae – M, a and e – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Ema or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Mae

If your name is Mae and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Mae

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Mae, you can simply say:




This is how the name Mae is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Mae in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Mae

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Mae is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Mae

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Mae sounds like this: