How popular is the baby name Medb in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Medb and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Medb.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Medb

Number of Babies Named Medb

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Medb

The Baby Name Maeve

Maeve is an Anglicized form of the ancient Gaelic name Medb, meaning “intoxicating.”

It wasn’t widely used in the U.S. until it got two (maybe three) distinct boosts from popular culture.

The movie My Son My Son (1940), which featured a character named Maeve O’Riorden, put the name on the map.

  • 1939 – (unlisted)
  • 1940 – 8 babies named Maeve
  • 1941 – 10 babies named Maeve
  • 1942 – (unlisted)
  • 1943 – 6 babies named Maeve

It didn’t really pick up steam, though, until the soap opera Ryan’s Hope (1975-1989) gave it exposure via matriarch character Maeve Ryan.

  • 1982 – 19 babies named Maeve
  • 1983 – 23 babies named Maeve
  • 1984 – 30 babies named Maeve
  • 1985 – 32 babies named Maeve
  • 1986 – 45 babies named Maeve
  • 1987 – 41 babies named Maeve
  • 1988 – 56 babies named Maeve
  • 1989 – 52 babies named Maeve

In the ’90s, Maeve entered the top 1,000 for the first time. This may have had something to do with Maeve Binchy, whose book Circle of Friends (1990) was made into a popular movie of the same name in 1995.

  • 1994 – 102 babies named Maeve
  • 1995 – 133 babies named Maeve
  • 1996 – 141 babies named Maeve
  • 1997 – 207 babies named Maeve (955th)
  • 1998 – 240 babies named Maeve (881st)
  • 1999 – 343 babies named Maeve (669th)

In 2010, 546 baby girls were named Maeve (ranking: 536th).

How high do you think the name will climb?