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MATILDA   f   English, Swedish, Finnish
From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle", from the elements maht "might, strength" and hild "battle". Saint Matilda was the wife of the 10th-century German king Henry I the Fowler. The name was common in many branches of European royalty in the Middle Ages. It was brought to England by the Normans, being borne by the wife of William the Conqueror himself. Another notable royal by this name was a 12th-century daughter of Henry I of England, known as the Empress Matilda because of her first marriage to the Holy Roman Emperor Henry V. She later invaded England, laying the foundations for the reign of her son Henry II.... [more]
MATILDE   f   Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of MATILDA.
MATJAŽ   m   Slovene
Slovene variant of MATTHIAS.
MATKO   m   Croatian
Diminutive of MATEJ or MATIJA.
MATLEENA   f   Finnish
Finnish form of MAGDALENE.
MATO   m   Croatian
Diminutive of MATEJ or MATIJA.
MATOUŠ   m   Czech
Czech form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATRONA   f   Russian, Late Roman
Means "lady" in Late Latin. This was the name of three early saints.
MATRYONA   f   Russian
Variant of MATRONA.
MATS   m   Swedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian short form of MATTHIAS.
MATT   m   English
Short form of MATTHEW.
MATTAN   m   Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "gift" in Hebrew. This was the name of the father of Shephatiah in the Old Testament.
MATTANIAH   m   Biblical
Means "gift of YAHWEH" in Hebrew. This was the original name of Zedekiah, a king of Judah, in the Old Testament.
MATTANYAHU   m   Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MATTANIAH.
MATTEA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of MATTHEW.
MATTEO   m   Italian
Italian form of MATTHEW.
MATTEUS   m   Swedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATTHAIOS   m   Biblical Greek
Greek form of Mattityahu (see MATTHEW).
MATTHAN   m   Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MATTAN used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. This form of the name is also used in English versions of the New Testament, being borne by the great-grandfather of Jesus.
MATTHÄUS   m   German
German form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATTHEI   m   Old Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of MATTHEW.
MATTHEUS   m   Biblical Latin
Latin form of MATTHEW.
MATTHEW   m   English, Biblical
English form of Ματθαιος (Matthaios), which was a Greek form of the Hebrew name מַתִּתְיָהוּ (Mattityahu) meaning "gift of YAHWEH". Matthew, also called Levi, was one of the twelve apostles. He was a tax collector, and supposedly the author of the first gospel in the New Testament. He is considered a saint in many Christian traditions. The variant Matthias also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a separate apostle. The name appears in the Old Testament as Mattithiah.... [more]
MATTHIA   m   Old Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of MATTHIAS.
MATTHIAS   m   German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Variant of Matthaios (see MATTHEW) which appears in the New Testament as the name of the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot. This was also the name of kings of Hungary, including Matthias I who made important reforms to the kingdom in the 15th century.
MATTHIEU   m   French
Variant of MATHIEU.
MATTHIJS   m   Dutch
Dutch form of MATTHIAS.
MATTI   m   Finnish
Finnish form of MATTHEW.
MATTIA   m   Italian
Italian form of MATTHIAS.
MATTIAS   m   German, Swedish
Variant of MATTHIAS.
MATTIE   f & m   English
Diminutive of MATILDA or MATTHEW.
MATTIN   m   Basque
Basque form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MATTITHIAH   m   Biblical
Form of Mattityahu (see MATTHEW) used in the English Old Testament, where it belongs to a few minor characters.
MATTITHYAHU   m   Biblical Hebrew
Variant transcription of MATTITYAHU.
MATTITYAHU   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of MATTHEW.
MATTY (1)   m   English
Diminutive of MATTHEW.
MATTY (2)   f   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARTHA.
MATÚŠ   m   Slovak
Slovak form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATVEI   m   Russian
Variant transcription of MATVEY.
MATVEY   m   Russian
Russian form of MATTHEW.
MATXIN   m   Basque
Basque diminutive of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MÁTYÁS   m   Hungarian
Hungarian form of MATTHIAS. This was the name of two Hungarian kings.
MATYÁŠ   m   Czech
Czech form of MATTHIAS (via Hungarian Mátyás).
MATYLDA   f   Czech, Polish
Czech and Polish form of MATILDA.
MAUD   f   English, Dutch
Usual medieval form of MATILDA. Though it became rare after the 14th century, it was revived and once more grew popular in the 19th century, perhaps due to Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem 'Maud' (1855).
MAUDE   f   English
Variant of MAUD.
MAUDIE   f   English
Diminutive of MAUD.
MAUI   m & f   Hawaiian, Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Hawaiian mythology Māui was a trickster who created the Hawaiian Islands by having his brothers fish them out of the sea. He was also responsible for binding the sun and slowing its movement.
MAUNO   m   Finnish
Finnish form of MAGNUS.
MAUNU   m   Finnish
Variant of MAUNO.
MAURA (1)   f   Italian, Spanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of MAURUS.
MAURA (2)   f   Irish, Scottish, English
Anglicized form of MÁIRE. It has also been associated with Gaelic mór meaning "great". This was the name of an obscure 5th-century Irish or Scottish martyr.
MAUREEN   f   Irish, English
Anglicized form of MÁIRÍN.
MAURENE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MAUREEN.
MAURI   m   Finnish
Finnish form of MAURICE.
MAURICE   m   English, French
From the Roman name Mauritius, a derivative of MAURUS. Saint Maurice was a 3rd-century Roman soldier from Egypt. He and the other Christians in his legion were supposedly massacred on the orders of emperor Maximian for refusing to worship Roman gods. Thus, he is the patron saint of infantry soldiers.... [more]
MAURÍCIO   m   Portuguese
Portuguese form of Mauritius (see MAURICE).
MAURICIO   m   Spanish
Spanish form of Mauritius (see MAURICE).
MAURINE   f   English, Irish
Variant of MAUREEN.
MAURITIUS   m   Late Roman
Latin form of MAURICE.
MAURITS   m   Dutch
Dutch form of MAURICE.
MAURIZIO   m   Italian
Italian form of Mauritius (see MAURICE).
MAURO   m   Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Italian form of MAURUS.
MAURUS   m   Late Roman
Latin name which meant "dark skinned". This was the name of numerous early saints, most notably a follower of Saint Benedict.
MAURYCY   m   Polish
Polish form of MAURICE.
MAVE   f   Irish
Variant of MAEVE.
MAVERICK   m   English
Derived from the English word maverick meaning "independent". The word itself is derived from the surname of a 19th-century Texas rancher who did not brand his calves.
MAVIS   f   English
From the name of the type of bird, also called the song thrush, ultimately derived from Old French. It was first used as a given name by the British author Marie Corelli, who used it for a character in her novel 'The Sorrows of Satan' (1895).
MAVOURNEEN   f   Irish
Derived from the Irish phrase mo mhúirnín meaning "my darling".
MAVUTO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "troubles, problems" in Chewa.
MAWAR   f   Indonesian, Malay
Means "rose" in Malay and Indonesian.
MAX   m   German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
Short form of MAXIMILIAN (or sometimes of MAXWELL in English).
MAXEN   m   Welsh (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of MACSEN.
MAXENCE   m   French
French form of the Roman name Maxentius, a derivative of Latin maximus "greatest". This was the agnomen of an early 4th-century Roman emperor, a rival of Constantine. It was also borne by a 6th-century saint from Agde in France.
MAXENE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MAXINE.
MAXENTIUS   m   Ancient Roman
Latin form of MAXENCE.
MAXIM   m   Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Variant transcription of MAKSIM or MAKSYM.
MÁXIMA   f   Spanish
Spanish feminine form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMA   f   Ancient Roman
Feminine form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIME   m   French
French form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMIANO   m   Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of MAXIMIANUS.
MAXIMIANUS   m   Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen which was derived from MAXIMUS.
MAXIMILIAAN   m   Dutch
Dutch form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
MAXIMILIÁN   m   Slovak
Slovak form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
MAXIMILIAN   m   German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Roman name Maximilianus, which was derived from MAXIMUS. It was borne by a 3rd-century saint and martyr. In the 15th century the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III gave this name to his son and eventual heir. In this case it was a blend of the names of the Roman generals Fabius Maximus and Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus (see EMILIANO), who Frederick admired. It was subsequently borne by a second Holy Roman Emperor, two kings of Bavaria, and a short-lived Habsburg emperor of Mexico.
MAXIMILIANA   f   Ancient Roman
Feminine form of MAXIMILIANUS.
MAXIMILIANE   f   German
German feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXIMILIANO   m   Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
MAXIMILIANUS   m   Ancient Roman
Roman form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXIMILIEN   m   French
French form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
MAXIMILIENNE   f   French (Rare)
French feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXIMILLIAN   m   English
Variant of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXIMINO   m   Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of MAXIMINUS.
MAXIMINUS   m   Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen which was derived from MAXIMUS. Saint Maximinus was a 4th-century bishop of Trier.
MÁXIMO   m   Spanish
Spanish form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMUS   m   Ancient Roman
Roman family name which was derived from Latin maximus "greatest". Saint Maximus was a monk and theologian from Constantinople in the 7th century.
MAXINE   f   English
Feminine form of MAX. It has been commonly used only since the beginning of the 20th century.
MAXMILIÁN   m   Czech
Czech form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
MAXWELL   m   English
From a Scottish surname meaning "Mack's stream", from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name MAGNUS, combined with Old English wella "stream". A famous bearer of the surname was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.
MAY   f   English
Derived from the name of the month of May, which derives from Maia, the name of a Roman goddess. May is also another name of the hawthorn flower. It is also used as a diminutive of MARY, MARGARET or MABEL.
MAYA (1)   f   Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "illusion" in Sanskrit. In Buddhist tradition this is the name of the mother of Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha). This is also another name of the Hindu goddess Durga.
MAYA (2)   f   English
Variant of MAIA (1). This name can also be given in reference to the Maya peoples, a Native American culture who built a great civilization in southern Mexico and Latin America.
MAYA (3)   f   Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew מַיִם (mayim) "water".
MAYAMIKO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "praise, gratitude" in Chewa.
MAYBELLE   f   English
Variant of MABEL.
MAYBELLINE   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of MABEL.
MAYESO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "test (from God)" in Chewa.
MAYLIS   f   French
From the name of a town in southern France, possibly derived from Occitan mair "mother" and French lys "lily". It is also sometimes considered a combination of MARIE and lys.
MAYME   f   English
Possibly a variant of MAMIE.
MAYNARD   m   English
From an English surname which was derived from the Germanic given name MEGINHARD.
MAYNERD   m   English (Rare)
Variant of MAYNARD.
MAYRBEK   m   Chechen
Derived from Nakh majra meaning "husband, brave man" combined with the Turkish military title beg meaning "chieftain, master".
MAYSON   m   English (Rare)
Variant of MASON.
MAYTAL   f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of MEITAL.
MAYTE   f   Spanish
Variant of MAITE (1).
MAYU   f   Japanese
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine" or (ma) meaning "full" combined with (yu) meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" or (yu) meaning "evening". This name can also be constructed from other kanji combinations.
MAYUR   m   Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Means "peacock" in Sanskrit.
MAZHAR   m   Turkish
Means "honoured" in Turkish.
MAZIN   m   Arabic
Means "rain clouds" in Arabic.
MBALI   f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "flower" in Zulu.
MCHUMBA   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "sweetheart" in Swahili.
MCKAYLA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MICHAELA.
MCKENNA   f   English (Modern)
From the Gaelic surname Mac Cionaodha, which means "son of CIONAODH".
MÉABH   f   Irish, Irish Mythology
Variant of MEDB.
MEADE   m & f   English (Rare)
From an English surname which indicated one who lived on a meadow (from Middle English mede) or one who sold or made mead (an alcoholic drink made from fermented honey; from Old English meodu).
MEADHBH   f   Irish, Irish Mythology
Variant of MEDB.
MEADOW   f   English (Modern)
From the English word meadow, ultimately from Old English mædwe.
MEAGAN   f   English
Variant of MEGAN.
MEAGHAN   f   English
Variant of MEGAN.
MEALLÁN   m   Irish
Possibly means "lightning" in Irish Gaelic.
MEAVE   f   Irish
Variant of MAEVE.
MECHTELD   f   Dutch
Dutch form of MATILDA.
MECHTHILD   f   German
German variant of MATHILDE.
MECHTILDE   f   German (Rare)
German variant of MATHILDE.
MECİT   m   Turkish
Turkish form of MAJID.
MEDAD   m   Biblical
Means "love" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Medad is one of the elders who prophesizes in the camp of the Israelites after the flight from Egypt.
MEDB   f   Irish Mythology
Original Irish form of MAEVE.
MEDEA   f   Greek Mythology (Latinized), Georgian
From Greek Μηδεια (Medeia), possibly derived from μηδομαι (medomai) "to think, to plan". In Greek mythology Medea was a sorceress from Colchis (modern Georgia) who helped Jason gain the Golden Fleece. They were married, but eventually Jason left her for another woman. For revenge Medea slew Jason's new lover and also had her own children by Jason killed.
MEDEIA   f   Greek Mythology
Greek form of MEDEA.
MEDHAT   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of MIDHAT.
MEDOUSA   f   Greek Mythology
Greek form of MEDUSA.
MEDUSA   f   Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Μεδουσα (Medousa), which was derived from μεδω (medo) meaning "to protect, to rule over". In Greek myth this was the name of one of the three Gorgons, ugly women who had snakes for hair. She was so hideous that anyone who gazed upon her was turned to stone, so the hero Perseus had to look using the reflection in his shield in order to slay her.
MEENA   f   Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil
Variant transcription of MINA (2).
MEERA   f   Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
Variant transcription of MIRA (1).
MEES   m   Dutch
Diminutive of BARTHOLOMEUS.
MEFODIY   m   Russian (Archaic)
Russian form of METHODIUS.
MEG   f   English
Medieval diminutive of MARGARET.
MEGA   f & m   Indonesian
Means "cloud" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit मेघ (megha).
MEGAERA   f   Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Μεγαιρα (Megaira) which was derived from μεγαιρω (megairo) "to grudge". This was the name of one of the Furies or Ερινυες (Erinyes) in Greek mythology. The name is used as a word in several European languages to denote a shrewish, ill-tempered woman (for example, French mégère and Italian megera).
MEGAIRA   f   Greek Mythology
Greek form of MEGAERA.
MEGAN   f   Welsh, English
Welsh diminutive of MARGARET. In the English-speaking world outside of Wales it has only been regularly used since the middle of the 20th century.
MEGGY   f   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARGARET.
MEGHAN   f   English
Variant of MEGAN.
MEGINFRID   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of MANFRED.
MEGINHARD   m   Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements magan "strength" and hard "brave, hardy".
MEGINRAT   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of MEINRAD.
MEGUMI   f   Japanese
From Japanese (megumi) meaning "favour, benefit" or (megumi) meaning "love, affection", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations which have the same reading. It is often written めぐみ using the hiragana writing system.
MEHDI   m   Persian
Persian form of MAHDI.
MEHEITAV'EL   f   Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MEHETABEL.
MEHETABEL   f   Biblical
From the Hebrew name מְהֵיטַבְאֵל (Meheitav'el) meaning "God makes happy". This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
MEHITABEL   f   Biblical
Variant of MEHETABEL.
MEHMED   m   Ottoman Turkish
Older form of MEHMET. This was the name of six sultans of the Ottoman Empire, including Mehmed II the conqueror of Constantinople.
MEHMET   m   Turkish
Turkish form of MUHAMMAD. This name was borne sultans of the Ottoman Empire (with the older form Mehmed).
MEHMOOD   m   Urdu
Variant transcription of MEHMUD.
MEHMUD   m   Urdu
Urdu form of MAHMUD.
MEHMUT   m   Uyghur
Uyghur form of MAHMUD.
MEHR   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of MITHRA.
MEHRAB   m   Persian, Literature
From مهر (Mehr), the Persian word for MITHRA, combined with Persian آب (ab) "water". This is the name of a character in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.
MEHRDAD   m   Persian
Modern Persian form of MITHRIDATES.
MEHTAP   f   Turkish
Turkish form of MAHTAB.
MEHVEŞ   f   Turkish
Turkish form of MAHVASH.
MEI (1)   f   Chinese
From Chinese (měi) meaning "beautiful" or (méi) meaning "plum", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
MEI (2)   f   Japanese
From Japanese (me) meaning "bud, sprout" combined with (i) meaning "rely on", (i) meaning "life" or (i) meaning "clothing, garment". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MEICAL   m   Welsh
Welsh form of MICHAEL.
MEIKE   f   German, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MEINARD   m   Dutch (Rare)
Dutch variant form of MEGINHARD.
MEINDERT   m   Dutch
Dutch form of MEGINHARD.
MEINE   m   Frisian, Dutch, German
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element magan meaning "strength".
MEINHARD   m   German
German form of MEGINHARD.
MEINIR   f   Welsh
Means "maiden" in Welsh.
MEINO   m   German, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
Variant of MEINE.
MEINRAD   m   German, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements magan "mighty, strong" and rad "counsel". Saint Meinrad was a 9th-century hermit who founded the Benedictine abbey at Einsiedeln in Switzerland.
MEINT   m   Dutch
Variant of MEINE.
MEINTJE   f   Dutch
Feminine form of MEINE.
MEINWEN   f   Welsh
Means "slender and white" from Welsh main "slender" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
MEIR   m   Hebrew
Means "giving light" in Hebrew.
MEIRA   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of MEIR.
MEIRION   m   Welsh
Welsh form of MARIANUS.
MEIRIONA   f   Welsh
Feminine form of MEIRION.
MEIRIT   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of MEIR.
MEITAL   f   Hebrew
Means "dew drop" in Hebrew.
MEKLIT   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "gift to God" in Amharic.
MEL   m & f   English
Short form of MELVIN, MELANIE, MELISSA, and other names beginning with Mel.
MELAINA   f   Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning "black, dark". This was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology.
MELÁNIA   f   Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of MELANIE.
MELANIA   f   Italian, Spanish, Polish, Late Roman
Italian, Spanish and Polish form of MELANIE.
MÉLANIE   f   French
French form of MELANIE.
MELÁNIE   f   Czech
Czech form of MELANIE.
MELANIE   f   English, German, Dutch
From Mélanie, the French form of the Latin name Melania, derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning "black, dark". This was the name of a Roman saint who gave all her wealth to charity in the 5th century. Her grandmother was also a saint with the same name.... [more]
MELANTHA   f   English (Rare)
Probably a combination of Mel (from names such as MELANIE or MELISSA) with the suffix antha (from Greek ανθος (anthos) "flower"). John Dryden used this name in his play 'Marriage a la Mode' (1672).
MELANTHIOS   m   Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μελας (melas) "black, dark" and ανθος (anthos) "flower". In Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' this is the name of an insolent goatherd killed by Odysseus.
MELANY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MELANIE.
MELATI   f   Indonesian, Malay
Means "jasmine flower" in Malay and Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit मालती (malati).
MELBA   f   English
From the surname of the Australian opera singer Nellie Melba (1861-1931). This was a stage name that she got from the name of the city Melbourne, where she was born.
MELCHIOR   m   Dutch, Judeo-Christian Legend
Derived from Semitic roots meaning "king city". This was a name traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who were said to have visited the newborn Jesus.
MELCHIORRE   m   Italian
Italian form of MELCHIOR.
MELCHOL   f   Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of MICHAL (2).
MELCHOR   m   Spanish
Spanish form of MELCHIOR.
MELE   f   Hawaiian
Means "song" in Hawaiian. This name is also used as a Hawaiian and Samoan form of MARY.
MELECH   m   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "king" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Micah (not the prophet).
MELEK (1)   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of MELECH.
MELEK (2)   f   Turkish
Means "angel" in Turkish, ultimately of Arabic origin.
MELESINA   f   English (Rare)
Perhaps a form of MILLICENT. It was borne by the Irish writer and socialite Melesina Trench (1768-1827).
MELETE   f   Greek Mythology
Means "practice, exercise" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the original three muses, the muse of meditation.
MELIA   f   Greek Mythology
Means "ash tree" in Greek, a derivative of μελι (meli) "honey". This was the name of a nymph in Greek myth, the daughter of the Greek god Okeanos.
MELICENT   f   English (Archaic)
Older form of MILLICENT.
MELİK   m   Turkish
Turkish form of MALIK (1).
MELIKA   f   Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of MELISSA.
MELİKE   f   Turkish
Turkish form of MALIKA.
MÉLINA   f   French
French form of MELINA.
MELINA   f   English, Greek
Elaboration of Mel, either from names such as MELISSA or from Greek μελι (meli) meaning "honey". A famous bearer was Greek-American actress Melina Mercouri (1920-1994), who was born Maria Amalia Mercouris.
MELINDA   f   English, Hungarian
Combination of Mel (from names such as MELANIE or MELISSA) with the popular name suffix inda. It was created in the 18th century, and may have been inspired by the similar name Belinda. In Hungary, the name was popularized by the 1819 play 'Bánk Bán' by József Katona.
MÉLINE   f   French
French form of MELINA.
MELIORA   f   Various
Derived from Latin melior meaning "better".
MELİS   f   Turkish
Turkish form of MELISSA.
MELİSA   f   Turkish
Turkish form of MELISSA.
MELISA   f   Spanish, Bosnian
Spanish and Bosnian form of MELISSA.
MÉLISANDE   f   French
French form of MILLICENT used by Maurice Maeterlinck in his play 'Pelléas et Mélisande' (1893). The play was later adapted by Claude Debussy into an opera (1902).
MELISENDE   f   Medieval French
Old French form of MILLICENT.
MELISIZWE   m   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "leader of the nation" in Xhosa.
MÉLISSA   f   French
French form of MELISSA.
MELISSA   f   English, Dutch, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "bee" in Greek. This was the name of a nymph that cared for young Zeus in Greek mythology. It is also the name of the fairy who helps Rogero escape from the witch Alcina in Ludovico Ariosto's poem 'Orlando Furioso' (1516). As an English given name, Melissa has been used since the 18th century.
MELITA   f   Various
From Melita, the Latin name of the island country of Malta.
MELITON   m   Ancient Greek, Georgian
Derived from Greek μελι (meli) meaning "honey" (genitive μελιτος). This was the name of a 2nd-century bishop of Sardis who is regarded as a saint in the Orthodox Church.
MELITTA   f   Ancient Greek, German
Ancient Attic Greek variant of MELISSA.
MELKER   m   Swedish
Swedish form of MELCHIOR.
MELLAN   m   Irish
Anglicized form of MEALLÁN.
MELLE   m   Dutch
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element mathal meaning "meeting".
MELLONY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MELANIE.
MÉLODIE   f   French
French cognate of MELODY.
MÉLODY   f   French
French variant of MELODY.
MELODY   f   English
From the English word melody, which is derived (via Old French and Late Latin) from Greek μελος (melos) "song" combined with αειδω (aeido) "to sing".
MELOR   m   Russian
Acronym of Marx Engels Lenin October Revolution. This name commemorates the creation of the former Soviet state. It was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.
MELPOMENE   f   Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek μελπω (melpo) meaning "to sing, to celebrate with song". This was the name of one of the nine Muses in Greek mythology, the muse of tragedy.
MELPOMENI   f   Greek
Modern Greek form of MELPOMENE.
MELQART   m   Near Eastern Mythology
From Phoenician mlk "king" and qrt "city". This was the name of a Phoenician god worshipped especially in the city of Tyre.
MELTEM   f   Turkish
Means "sea wind" in Turkish.
MELUSINE   f   Mythology
Meaning unknown. In European folklore Melusine was a water fairy who turned into a serpent from the waist down every Saturday. She made her husband, Raymond of Poitou, promise that he would never see her on that day, and when he broke his word she left him forever.
MELVA   f   English
Perhaps a feminine form of MELVIN.
MELVILLE   m   English
From a Scottish surname which was originally from a Norman French place name meaning "bad town". A famous bearer of the surname was the American author Herman Melville (1819-1891), who wrote several novels including 'Moby-Dick'.
MELVIN   m   English
From a Scottish surname which probably originated as a variant of MELVILLE.
MELVYN   m   English
Variant of MELVIN.
MELYSSA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MELISSA.
MENACHEM   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MENAHEM.
MENAHEM   m   Biblical, Hebrew
From the Hebrew name מְנַחֵם (Menachem) meaning "comforter". This was the name of a king of Israel, appearing in the Old Testament. His reign was noted for its brutality.
MENASHE   m   Hebrew
Hebrew form of MANASSEH.
MENASHSHEH   m   Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MANASSEH.
MENDEL   m   Yiddish
Originally this was probably a Yiddish diminutive of MANNO. It is now used as a diminutive of MENAHEM.
MENELAOS   m   Greek Mythology
Greek form of MENELAUS.
MENELAUS   m   Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Μενελαος (Menelaos) which meant "withstanding the people", derived from μενω (meno) "to last, to withstand" and λαος (laos) "the people". In Greek legend he was a king of Sparta and the husband of Helen. When his wife was taken by Paris, the Greeks besieged the city of Troy in an effort to get her back. After the war Menelaus and Helen settled down to a happy life.
MENES   m   Ancient Egyptian
Meaning unknown. Menes was an Egyptian king who united Upper and Lower Egypt around 3000 BC. He is also known as Narmer; Menes was probably his funeral name.
MENNO   m   Dutch, German
Diminutive of MEINE.
MENODORA   f   Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μηνη (mene) "moon" and δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who was martyred with her sisters Metrodora and Nymphodora.
MENSUR   m   Bosnian
Bosnian form of MANSUR.
MENTOR   m   Greek Mythology
Possibly related to Greek μενος (menos) "mind, purpose, strength, courage". In Greek legend Mentor was the son of Alkimos. When Odysseus left to fight in the Trojan War he entrusted Mentor with the care of his palace and the guardianship of his son Telemachos. When the goddess Athena visited Telemachos she took the guise of Mentor.
MENUHA   f   Hebrew
Means "tranquility" in Hebrew.
MERAB (1)   f   Biblical
Means "abundant" in Hebrew. This was the name of a daughter of Saul in the Old Testament.
MERAB (2)   m   Georgian
Georgian form of MEHRAB.
MERARI   m   Biblical
Means "bitter" in Hebrew. This was the name of the youngest son of Levi in the Old Testament.
MERAUD   f   Cornish
Meaning unknown, perhaps based on Cornish mor "sea".
MERAV   f   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MERAB (1).
MERCÈ   f   Catalan
Catalan form of MERCEDES.
MERCEDES   f   Spanish
Means "mercies" (that is, the plural of mercy), from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, María de las Mercedes, meaning "Mary of Mercies". It is ultimately from the Latin word merces meaning "wages, reward", which in Vulgar Latin acquired the meaning "favour, pity".
MERCÉDESZ   f   Hungarian
Hungarian form of MERCEDES.
MERCHE   f   Spanish
Diminutive of MERCEDES.
MERCIA   f   English (Rare)
Latinate form of MERCY. This was also the name of an old Anglo-Saxon kingdom, though it has a different origin.
MERCURIO   m   Italian
Italian form of MERCURY.
MERCURIUS   m   Roman Mythology
Latin form of MERCURY.
MERCURY   m   Roman Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Latin Mercurius, probably derived from Latin mercari "to trade" or merces "wages". This was the name of the Roman god of trade, merchants, and travellers, later equated with the Greek god Hermes. This is also the name of the first planet in the solar system.
MERCY   f   English
From the English word mercy, ultimately from Latin merces "wages, reward", a derivative of merx "goods, wares". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.
MERE   f   Maori
Maori form of MARY.
MEREDITH   m & f   Welsh, English
From the Welsh name Maredudd or Meredydd, possibly meaning "great lord" or "sea lord". Since the mid-1920s it has been used more often for girls than for boys in English-speaking countries, though it is still a masculine name in Wales. A famous bearer of this name as surname was the English novelist and poet George Meredith (1828-1909).
MEREDYDD   m   Welsh
Welsh form of MEREDITH.
MERERID   f   Welsh
Welsh form of MARGARET.
MERETE   f   Danish
Danish form of MARGARET.
MERFYN   m   Welsh
Older Welsh form of MERVYN.
MERGEN   m   Turkmen
Means "sharp-eyed" in Turkmen.
MERI (1)   f   Finnish
Means "the sea" in Finnish.
MERI (2)   f   Georgian
Georgian form of MARIE.
MERIDETH   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MEREDITH.
MERIDITH   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MEREDITH.
MERIEL   f   English (Archaic)
Variant of MURIEL.
MERILYN   f   English
Variant of MARILYN.
MERIT (1)   m   English (Rare)
Either a variant of MERRITT or else simply from the English word merit, ultimately from Latin meritus "deserving".
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