[ 1 syll. mae, ma-e ] The baby girl name Mae is pronounced as MEY- †. Mae is used predominantly in the English and French languages, and its origin is English. Mae is a variant spelling of the name May (English and Scottish).
See also the related form, Ellamae (English).
Mae is a classic favorite. Today it is still fairly popular as a baby name for girls, though not to the extent it was before, and it is also viewed as fairly trendy. At the modest peak of its usage in 1902, 0.450% of baby girls were given the name Mae. Its ranking then was #53. The baby name has since suffered a substantial fall in popularity. In 2015, its usage was 0.026% and its ranking #589, appearing with somewhat increasing regularity in the recent decade. Out of all girl names in its group, Mae was the most popular. The name Mae has predominantly been a girl name, though it has also been given to boys in the past century. In 1909, girls named Mae outnumbered boys by 42 times.
Baby names that sound like Mae include May (English and Scottish), Maye (English), Ma (Chinese), Maev (Irish), Mahault, Mai (English, Japanese, Scandinavian, Vietnamese, and Welsh), Maie, Maine, Mame (English), Man (English), Manay, Mayne, Mayy (Arabic), Mee (Vietnamese), Mem, Mene, Mi, Mieu (Vietnamese), Mim (English), and Min (Chinese and English).
† Pronunciation for Mae: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Mae:
Actress Mae West, born 17 August 1893 - 22 November 1980, Brooklyn, New York.
Astronaut Mae C. Jemison, born 17 October 1956, Decatur, Alabama.