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Anglicized from Irish Máirín, diminutive of Máire, an Irish equivalent of Mary. By surface analysis, Maura +‎ -een.


  • IPA(key): /mɔːˈɹiːn/
  • Hyphenation: Mau‧reen

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name from Irish.
    • 2000, Maureen Lipman, Lip Reading, Franz Steiner Verlag, →ISBN, page 12:
      I am Maureen because Uncle Louis liked the film star Maureen O'Hara. Fine. The fact that a small sallow baby born in Hull was unlikely to grow up into a flame-haired temptress with flashing green eyes and the cleavage the size of Galway was neither here or there. Maureen I became. Or Marine on the other side of the Atlantic. Also no-one in our house could foresee that since my father's name was Maurice I would be constantly called, with mounting frustration, 'Mauri-Morry-Maureen!'