The May spelling makes it more of a month name, while Mae makes it an antique nickname name. Gender: Female . I think it's got a lot of dignity and class about it and it fits either a child or an adult. Lv 7. ®, Vanessa-Mae, internationally known classical and pop musician, Anna Mae Bullock/Tina Turner, American singer titled as "the Queen of Rock and Roll", Mae West, American actress (after whom are named a variety of otherwise unrelated items), Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel to space, Mae ji, Buddhist laywoman in Thailand occupying a position somewhere between that of an ordinary lay follower and an ordained monk, Mae Schunk, the 45th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Mae Martin, Canadian comedian (and musician) (currently based in the UK). Mae may refer to: English: variant spelling of May, possibly influenced by Maeve. 1 Reply. It is a variant of May. Everyone just calls her Mae though. The -ae makes it looks like it's misspelled to me. We prefer traditional names. Also, middle names are often chosen because they flow with other names, so actually you can end up with quite a small pool, which is why I think that there is less variation in middle names than first names. I mean, it really fits with almost any name, but sometimes when I see that so many people have May as their middle name, I get the impression that their parents just didn't have any other, more original idea. My cousins middle name is Mae for no reason at all. I have to friends with that middle name. It will be the Sarah/Claire/Louise of high schools. Ask the experts from the BEIS and EST here - £100 voucher to be won, How do you relax when you have 10 minutes to spare? The popularity of using -mae -mai has really put me off using it as a middle name now though. Cannot see what is so lovely about May/mai that every female child must have it as a middle name. AIBU. Answer Save. Mae, a sweet and springlike old-fashioned name, hadn't been on the national charts in forty years, but finally made it back in 2010. May makes me think of the month. In French Baby Names the meaning of the name Mae is: May. I've been in love with the name "Mae" for quite sometime! If the meaning is really "bitter," then it seems that Mae is a nn for Mary instead of Margaret. I currently know about 8 children called something mae or something may It's going to be everywhere. Help us out! :] 0 1. vastine. May just looks a like a random word. Ask the experts from the BEIS and EST here - £100 voucher to be won, How do you relax when you have 10 minutes to spare? Please feel free to read what others say about this name and to share your comments if you have more information. Sometimes it happens that another name has the same meaning. Please add to or correct the information provided by other members of the Nameberry community. When spelled with a "y", it just makes me think of the month and flowers. It's only when it's used as a middle name or as part of a hyphenated first name that it gets overlooked. Our oldest daughter's middle name is Mae, it's a family name which has in the past has had both spellings. By the Middle Ages the word was replaced with the Latin “Maius” via the Old French “Mai”. My great grandmothers middle name was May so it was a tribute to her. Need help find the right name for your newborn? I also think it's a "filler" name at times and in the middle spot can get boring and overused, but some people don't use it as a filler, they use it as an honor name. I knew a girl named Maeton, she said it's Irish but it sounds made up to me. I prefer the name when it is spelled with a 'y' instead of 'e'. To feel sad my mother is going to be a grandmother so late? First name either Chloe or Jessica. I toyed with the idea of spelling it Mae, as May seemed a bit old fashoned. Ella-May, Lilly-May. I partially agree. Since it's one syllable it flows with almost anything. I work with kids and can tell you that May/Mae/Mai is everywhere. One of my great-grandmothers went by Mae, but her real name was Mary.