Feminine Names

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LORAINE f English
Variant of LORRAINE.
LORAYNE f English
Variant of LORRAINE.
LORE (1) f German
German contracted form of ELEONORE.
LORE (2) f Basque
Means "flower" in Basque.
LOREA f Basque
Variant of LORE (2).
LOREDANA f Italian, Romanian
Used by the French author George Sand for a character in her novel Mattea (1833) and later by the Italian author Luciano Zuccoli in his novel L'amore de Loredana (1908). It was possibly based on the Venetian surname Loredan, which was derived from the place name Loreo.
LOREEN f English
Elaboration of LORA.
LORELEI f Literature
From German Loreley, the name of a rock headland on the Rhine River. It is of uncertain meaning, though the second element is probably old German ley meaning "rock" (of Celtic origin). German romantic poets and songwriters, beginning with Clemens Brentano in 1801, tell that a maiden named the Lorelei lives on the rock and lures boaters to their death with her song.
LOREN m & f English
Either a short form of LAURENCE (1) (masculine) or a variant of LAUREN (feminine).
LORENA (1) f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian
Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian form of LORRAINE.
LORENA (2) f English
Latinized form of LAUREN. This name was first brought to public attention in America by the song Lorena (1856), written by Joseph Webster, who was said to have created the name as an anagram of LENORE (from the character in Poe's poem The Raven).
LORENE f English
Elaboration of LORA.
LORENZA f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish feminine form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LORETA f Italian
Variant of LORETO.
LORETO f & m Italian, Spanish
From the name of a town in Italy, originally called Lauretum in Latin, meaning "laurel grove". Supposedly in the 13th century the house of the Virgin Mary was miraculously carried by angels from Nazareth to the town.
LORETTA f English, Italian
Either an elaboration of LORA or a variant of LAURETTA. It is also sometimes used as a variant of LORETO.
LORETTE f French
Variant of LAURETTE.
LORI f English
Diminutive of LAURA or LORRAINE.
LORIE f English
Variant of LORI.
LORINDA f English
Elaboration of LORA.
LORITA f Italian
Either a diminutive of LORA or a variant of LORETO.
LORNA f English
Created by the author R. D. Blackmore for the title character in his novel Lorna Doone (1869), set in southern England, which describes the dangerous love between John Ridd and Lorna Doone. Blackmore may have based the name on the Scottish place name Lorne or on the title Marquis of Lorne (see LORNE).
LORRAINE f English
From the name of a region in France, originally meaning "kingdom of LOTHAR". Lothar was a Frankish king, the great-grandson of Charlemagne, whose realm was in the part of France that is now called Lorraine, or in German Lothringen (from Latin Lothari regnum). As a given name, it has been used in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century, perhaps due to its similar sound with Laura. It became popular after World War I when the region was in the news, as it was contested between Germany and France.
LORRI f English
Variant of LORI.
LORRIE f English
Variant of LORI.
LOTTA f Swedish, Finnish
Short form of CHARLOTTA.
LOTUS f English (Rare)
From the name of the lotus flower (species Nelumbo nucifera) or the mythological lotus tree. They are ultimately derived from Greek λωτος (lotos). In Greek and Roman mythology the lotus tree was said to produce a fruit causing sleepiness and forgetfulness.
LOU f & m English, French
Short form of LOUISE or LOUIS. Famous bearers include the baseball player Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) and the musician Lou Reed (1942-2013).
LOUANE f French
Combination of LOU and ANNE (1).
LOUELLA f English
Combination of LOU and the popular name suffix ella.
LOUHI f Finnish Mythology
Variant of LOVIATAR. In Finnish mythology Louhi was another name of the death goddess Loviatar. She appears in the Finnish epic the Kalevala as a witch ruling the northern area known as Pohjola. She is the primary antagonist to the hero Väinämöinen.
LOUISA f English, German, Dutch
Latinate feminine form of LOUIS. A famous bearer was the American novelist Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), the author of Little Women.
LOUISE f French, English, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, German
French feminine form of LOUIS.
LOUISETTE f French
Diminutive of LOUISE.
LOUIZA f Greek
Greek feminine form of LOUIS.
LOUNA f French (Modern)
Possibly a variant of LUNA.
LOURDES f Spanish
From the name of a French town. It became a popular center of pilgrimage after a young girl from the town had visions of the Virgin Mary in a nearby grotto.
LOVA f Swedish
Short form of LOVISA.
LOVE (2) f English
Simply from the English word love, derived from Old English lufu.
LOVIATAR f Finnish Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Finnish mythology Loviatar, also known as Louhi, was a goddess of death and plague.
LOVIISA f Finnish
Finnish feminine form of LOUIS.
LOVIISE f Estonian
Estonian feminine form of LOUIS.
LOVISA f Swedish
Swedish feminine form of LOUIS.
LOVISE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian feminine form of LOUIS.
LOVORKA f Croatian
From Croatian lovor meaning "laurel tree".
LOWRI f Welsh
Welsh form of LAURA.
LUANA f English, Italian, Portuguese
From the movie Bird of Paradise (1932), in which it was borne by the main character, a Polynesian girl. The movie was based on a 1912 play of the same name set in Hawaii.
LUANN f English
Either a combination of LOU and ANN or a variant of LUANA. It was popularized in the 1950s by the singer Lu Ann Simms (1933-2003).
LUANNA f English (Rare)
Either a combination of LOU and ANNA or a variant of LUANA.
LUANNE f English
Variant of LUANN.
ĽUBA f Slovak
Slovak form of LJUBA.
LUBA f Russian, Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Ukrainian Люба (see LYUBA).
ĽUBICA f Slovak
Slovak form of LJUBICA.
LUBNA f Arabic
Means "storax tree" in Arabic. According to a 7th-century legend Lubna and Qays were a couple forced to divorce by Qays's father.
LUCA (2) f Hungarian
Hungarian form of LUCIA.
LUCASTA f Literature
This name was first used by the poet Richard Lovelace for a collection of poems called Lucasta (1649). The poems were dedicated to Lucasta, a nickname for the woman he loved Lucy Sacheverel, who he called lux casta "pure light".
LUCE f Italian, French
Italian and French variant of LUCIA. This also means "light" in Italian.
LUCETTA f Italian
Diminutive of LUCE. Shakespeare used this name for a character in his play The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594).
LUCETTE f French
Diminutive of LUCIE.
LÚCIA f Portuguese, Hungarian
Portuguese and Hungarian form of LUCIA.
LUCÍA f Spanish
Spanish form of LUCIA. This is the most popular name for girls in Spain beginning in 2003.
LUCIA f Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovak, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of LUCIUS. Saint Lucia was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse. She was said to have had her eyes gouged out, and thus she is the patron saint of the blind. She was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). It has been used in the England since the 12th century, usually in the spellings Lucy or Luce.
LUCIE f French, Czech
French and Czech form of LUCIA.
LUCIENNE f French
Feminine form of LUCIEN.
LŪCIJA f Latvian
Latvian form of LUCIA.
LUCIJA f Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of LUCIA.
LUCILA f Spanish
Spanish form of LUCILLA.
LUCÍLIA f Portuguese
Portuguese feminine form of LUCILIUS.
LUCILIA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of LUCILIUS.
LUCILLA f Italian, Ancient Roman
Latin diminutive of LUCIA. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred in Rome.
LUCILLE f French, English
French form of LUCILLA. A famous bearer was American comedienne Lucille Ball (1911-1989).
LUCINA f Roman Mythology
Derived from Latin lucus meaning "grove", but later associated with lux "light". This was the name of a Roman goddess of childbirth.
LUCINDA f English, Portuguese, Literature
An elaboration of LUCIA created by Cervantes for his novel Don Quixote (1605). It was subsequently used by Molière in his play The Doctor in Spite of Himself (1666).
LUCINDE f French (Rare)
French form of LUCINDA.
LUCINE f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Լուսինե (see LUSINE).
LUCINEH f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Լուսինե (see LUSINE).
ŁUCJA f Polish
Polish form of LUCIA.
LUCKY m & f English, Indian, Hindi
From a nickname given to a lucky person. It is also sometimes used as a diminutive of LUKE.
LUCRÈCE f & m French
French form of both LUCRETIA and its masculine form Lucretius.
LUCRETIA f Ancient Roman, Roman Mythology
Feminine form of the Roman family name Lucretius, possibly from Latin lucrum "profit, wealth". In Roman legend Lucretia was a maiden who was raped by the son of the king of Rome. This caused a great uproar among the Roman citizens, and the monarchy was overthrown. This name was also borne by a saint and martyr from Spain.
LUCREZIA f Italian
Italian form of LUCRETIA.
LUCY f English
English form of LUCIA, in use since the Middle Ages.
LUCYNA f Polish
Polish form of LUCINA.
LUDIVINE f French
Possibly from a feminine form of LEUTWIN. It was popularized in the 1970s by a character from the television miniseries Les Gens de Mogador.
LUDMIŁA f Polish
Polish form of LUDMILA.
LUDMILA f Czech, Latvian, Russian
Means "favour of the people" from the Slavic elements lyudu "people" and milu "gracious, dear". Saint Ludmila was a 10th-century duchess of Bohemia, the grandmother of Saint Václav. She was murdered on the orders of her daughter-in-law Drahomíra.... [more]
LUDMILLA f Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Людмила (see LYUDMILA).
LUDOVICA f Italian
Latinate feminine form of LUDWIG.
LUDWIKA f Polish
Polish feminine form of LUDWIG.
LUELLA f English
Variant of LOUELLA.
LUIGIA f Italian
Italian feminine form of LOUIS.
LUIGINA f Italian
Diminutive of LUIGIA.
LUIGSECH f Ancient Irish
Derived from the name of the Irish god LUGH.
LUÍSA f Portuguese
Feminine form of LUÍS.
LUISA f Spanish, Italian
Feminine form of LUIS.
LUISE f German
German form of LOUISE.
LUÍSEACH f Irish
Modern form of LUIGSECH.
LUISELLA f Italian
Diminutive of LUISA.
LUISINA f Spanish
Diminutive of LUISA.
LUISITA f Spanish
Diminutive of LUISA.
LUITGARD f German, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Leutgard, which was derived from the elements leud "people" and gard "enclosure". This was the name of a 13th-century Flemish nun, the patron saint of easy deliveries.
LUIZA f Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian
Polish, Portuguese and Romanian feminine form of LOUIS.
LUJAYN f Arabic
Means "silver" in Arabic.
LUJZA f Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak feminine form of LOUIS.
LUKNĖ f Lithuanian
Possibly from the name of a Lithuanian river.
LUKSA f Esperanto
Means "luxurious" in Esperanto.
LULA (1) f English
Diminutive of LOUISE and names that begin with Lu.
LULE f Albanian
Means "flower" in Albanian.
LULIT f Eastern African, Amharic
From Amharic ሉል (lul) meaning "pearl".
LULJETA f Albanian
Means "flower of life" in Albanian, from lule "flower" and jetë "life".
LULU (1) f German
Diminutive of names that begin with Lu, especially LUISE.
LULU (2) f Arabic
Means "pearls" in Arabic.
LUMI f Finnish
Means "snow" in Finnish.
LUMINIȚA f Romanian
Means "little light", derived from Romanian lumina "light" combined with a diminutive suffix.
LUMUSI f Western African, Ewe
Means "born face down" in Ewe.
LUNA f Roman Mythology, Italian, Spanish, English
Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.
LUNED f Welsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Variant of ELUNED. In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she is a servant of the Lady of the Fountain who rescues the knight Owain.
LUNGILE f & m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "correct, right, good" in Zulu and Ndebele.
LUNINGNING f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "brilliance" in Tagalog.
LUPE f & m Spanish
Short form of GUADALUPE.
LUPITA f Spanish
Diminutive of GUADALUPE.
LURDES f Portuguese
Portuguese form of LOURDES.
LUSINE f Armenian
From Armenian լուսին (lusin) meaning "moon".
LUSINEH f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Լուսինե (see LUSINE).
LÜTFİYE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of LUTFI.
LUTGARDIS f Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Germanic name LUITGARD.
LUULE f Estonian
Means "poetry" in Estonian.
LUUS f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish form of LUCIA.
LUVENIA f English
Possibly a form of LAVINIA. It has been used in America since the 19th century.
LUVINIA f English
Variant of LUVENIA.
LUX f & m Various
Derived from Latin lux meaning "light".
LUZ f Spanish
Means "light" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Luz, meaning "Our Lady of Light".
LUZIA f Portuguese, German
Portuguese and German form of LUCIA.
LYA f French (Modern)
Variant of LÉA.
LYDA f English
Perhaps a variant of LYDIA.
LÝDIA f Slovak, Faroese
Slovak and Faroese form of LYDIA.
LYDIA f English, German, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "from Lydia" in Greek. Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor, said to be named for the legendary king LYDOS. In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. In the modern era the name has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.
LÝDIE f Czech
Czech variant of LYDIE.
LYDIE f French, Czech
French and Czech form of LYDIA.
LYKKE f Danish
Means "good fortune, happiness" in Danish.
LYLA f English
Variant of LEILA.
LYLOU f French
Variant of LILOU.
LYN f English
Variant of LYNN.
LYNDA f English
Variant of LINDA.
LYNETTE f English
Form of LUNED used by Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem Gareth and Lynette (1872). In modern times it is also regarded as a diminutive of LYNN.
LYNN f & m English
From an English surname that was derived from Welsh llyn meaning "lake". Before the start of the 20th century it was primarily used for boys, but it has since come to be more common for girls. In some cases it may be thought of as a short form of LINDA or names that end in lyn or line.
LYNNA f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of LYNN.
LYNNE f English
Variant of LYNN.
LYNNETTE f English
Variant of LYNETTE.
LYRA f Astronomy
The name of the constellation in the northern sky containing the star Vega. It is said to be shaped after the lyre of Orpheus.
LYRIC f English (Modern)
Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικος (lyrikos).
LYS f Frisian
Frisian diminutive of ELISABETH. It also coincides with the French word for "lily".
LYSANDRA f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Lysandros (see LYSANDER).
LYSANNE f Dutch
Variant of LISANNE.
LYSISTRATE f Ancient Greek
Derived from λυσις (lysis) meaning "a release, loosening" and στρατος (stratos) meaning "army".
LYSSA (1) f English
Short form of ALYSSA.
LYSSA (2) f Greek Mythology
Means "rage, fury, anger" in Greek. In Greek mythology Lyssa is a goddess associated with uncontrolled rage.
LYUBA f Russian, Ukrainian
Diminutive of LYUBOV.
LYUBOV f Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Derived from the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
LYUDMILA f Russian, Bulgarian, Medieval Slavic
Russian and Bulgarian form of LUDMILA. This was the name of a character in Aleksandr Pushkin's poem Ruslan and Lyudmila (1820).
LYUDMYLA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of LUDMILA.
LYYDIA f Finnish (Rare)
Finnish variant of LYDIA.
LYYTI f Finnish (Rare)
Finnish diminutive of LYDIA.
MAAIKE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MAALA f Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MAHLAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
MAARIA f Finnish
Finnish form of MARIA.
MAARIKA f Estonian, Finnish
Diminutive of MAARJA (Estonian) or MAARIA (Finnish).
MAARIT f Finnish
Finnish form of MARGARET.
MAARJA f Estonian
Estonian form of MARIA.
MAARTJE f Dutch
Dutch feminine form of MARTIN.
MAATA f Maori
Maori form of MARTHA.
MAAYAN f & m Hebrew
Means "spring of water" in Hebrew.
MABEL f English
Medieval feminine form of AMABILIS. This spelling and Amabel were common during the Middle Ages, though they became rare after the 15th century. It was revived in the 19th century after the publication of C. M. Yonge's novel The Heir of Redclyffe (1854), which featured a character named Mabel (as well as one named Amabel).
MABELLA f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of MABEL.
MABELLE f English
Variant of MABEL. It also coincides with the French phrase ma belle meaning "my beautiful".
MABLE f English
Variant of MABEL.
MABYN f Welsh
Means "youth" in Welsh. This was the name of an obscure 6th-century Welsh saint. She was one of the daughters of Saint Brychan.
MACARENA f Spanish
From the name of a barrio (district) in Seville, which got its name from a temple that may have been named for a person named Macarius (see MACARIO). The Virgin of Macarena, that is Mary, is widely venerated in Seville.
MACARIA f Spanish
Feminine form of MACARIO.
MACHLAH f & m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MAHLAH.
MACHTELD f Dutch
Dutch form of MATILDA.
MACIE f English
Variant of MACY.
MACKENZIE f & m English
From the Gaelic surname Mac Coinnich, which means "son of COINNEACH". A famous bearer of the surname was William Lyon MacKenzie (1795-1861), a Canadian journalist and political rebel. As a feminine given name, it was popularized by the American actress Mackenzie Phillips (1959-). In the United Kingdom it is more common as a masculine name.
MACY f English
From an English surname that was from various towns named Massy in France. The towns themselves were originally named from a Gallo-Roman personal name that was Latinized as Maccius. This is the name of a chain of American department stores founded by Rowland Hussey Macy (1822-1877).
MADAILÉIN f Irish
Irish form of MAGDALENE.
MADALENA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of MAGDALENA.
MĂDĂLINA f Romanian
Romanian form of MAGDALENE.
MADALITSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "blessings" in Chewa.
MADALYN f English
Variant of MADELINE.
MADARA f Latvian
From the Latvian name for a type of flowering plant, known as cleavers or bedstraw in English.
MÄDCHEN f Various
Means "girl" in German. It is not used as a name in Germany itself.
MADDALENA f Italian
Italian form of MAGDALENE.
MADDIE f English
Diminutive of MADELINE or MADISON.
MADDY f English
Diminutive of MADELINE or MADISON.
MADE m & f Indonesian, Balinese
From Sanskrit मध्य (madhya) meaning "middle". This name is traditionally given to the family's second-born child.
MADELIEF f Dutch
Derived from Dutch madeliefje meaning "daisy".
MADELINA f English (Rare)
Latinate form of MADELINE.
MADELINE f English, French
English form of MAGDALENE. This is the name of the heroine in a series of children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans, first published 1939.
MADELON f Dutch
Dutch form of MAGDALENE.
MADELYN f English
Variant of MADELINE.
MADGE f English
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MADHAVI f Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi
Feminine form of MADHAVA. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
MADHU f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu
From Sanskrit मधु (madhu) meaning "sweet, honey". This is another name of Chaitra, the first month of the Hindu year (which occurs in March and April).
MADHUR m & f Indian, Hindi
Means "sweet" in Sanskrit.
MADHURI f Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada
Means "sweetness" in Sanskrit.
MƏDİNƏ f Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of MADINA.
MADINA f Kazakh, Avar, Chechen
From the name of the city of Medina, Arabic المدينة (al-Madinah), which means "the city". The Saudi city is considered an Islamic holy site because the Prophet Muhammad was based there for a period.
MADISON f & m English
From an English surname meaning "son of MAUD". It was not commonly used as a feminine name until after the movie Splash (1984), in which the main character adopted it as her name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue in New York City. It was ranked second for girls in the United States by 2001. This rise from obscurity to prominence in only 18 years represents an unprecedented 550,000 percent increase in usage.... [more]
MADLENKA f Czech
Czech diminutive of MAGDALÉNA.
MADLYN f English
Variant of MADELINE.
MADONA f Georgian
Georgian form of MADONNA.
MADONNA f English
From a title of the Virgin Mary meaning "my lady" in Italian. A famous bearer of the name is American singer Madonna Ciccone (1958-), known simply as Madonna.
MAE f English
Variant of MAY. A famous bearer was the American actress Mae West (1893-1980), whose birth name was Mary.
MÆJA f Icelandic
Icelandic diminutive of MARIA.
MAELA f Breton
Feminine form of MAËL.
MAELETH f Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MAHALATH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
MAËLLE f French, Breton
French feminine form of MAËL.
MAËLYS f French
Feminine form of MAËL, possibly influenced by the spelling of MAILYS.
MAEVA f Tahitian, French
Means "welcome" in Tahitian. It gained popularity in France during the 1980s.
MAEVE f Irish, Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Medb meaning "intoxicating". In Irish legend this was the name of a warrior queen of Connacht. Her fight against Ulster and the hero Cúchulainn is told in the Irish epic The Cattle Raid of Cooley.
MAFALDA f Italian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of MATILDA.
MAGALI f French, Occitan
Occitan form of MAGDALENE.
MAGALIE f French
Variant of MAGALI.
MAGDALÉNA f Czech, Slovak, Hungarian
Czech, Slovak and Hungarian form of MAGDALENE.
MAGDALENE f German, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From a title meaning "of Magdala". Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament, was named thus because she was from Magdala - a village on the Sea of Galilee whose name meant "tower" in Hebrew. She was cleaned of evil spirits by Jesus and then remained with him during his ministry, witnessing the crucifixion and the resurrection. She was a popular saint in the Middle Ages, and the name became common then. In England it is traditionally rendered Madeline, while Magdalene or Magdalen is the learned form.
MAGDALINA f Old Church Slavic, Bulgarian
Old Slavic form of MAGDALENE, as well as a Bulgarian variant form.
MAGDALINI f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of MAGDALENE.
MAGDI (1) f Hungarian
Diminutive of MAGDOLNA.
MAGDOLNA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of MAGDALENE.
MAGGIE f English
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MAGNHILD f Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse magn "mighty, strong" and hildr "battle". This was the name of a novel by the Norwegian author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.
MAGNOLIA f English
From the English word magnolia for the flower, which was named for the French botanist Pierre Magnol.
MAHA f Arabic
Means "oryx" in Arabic. The oryx is a variety of antelope that is said to represent beauty.
MAHALA f English
Variant of MAHALAH or MAHALATH. It has occasionally been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.
MAHALATH f Biblical
From the Hebrew name מָחֲלַת (Machalat) meaning "lyre". In the Old Testament she is the daughter of Ishmael and the wife of Esau.
MAHALIA f English
Variant of MAHALA.
MAHAUT f French (Archaic)
Medieval French form of MATHILDE.
MAHIN f Persian
Means "related to the moon" in Persian.
MAHINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of MAHENDRA used by Sikhs.
MAHINE f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مهین (see MAHIN).
MAHLAH f & m Biblical
From the Hebrew name מַחְלָה (Machlah), possibly from חָלָה (chalah) meaning "weak, sick". This name is used in the Old Testament as both a feminine and masculine name. In some versions of the Bible the masculine name is spelled Mahalah.
MAHSA f Persian
Means "like the moon" in Persian.
MAHTAB f Persian
Means "moonlight" in Persian.
MAHTHILDIS f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of MATILDA.
MAHULENA f Czech
Possibly inspired by MAGDALENA. The Czech author Julius Zeyer created it for a character in his play Radúz and Mahulena (1898).
MAHVASH f Persian
Possibly means "moon-like" in Persian.
MAI (1) f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (mai) meaning "plum, apricot" (refers specifically to the species Prunus mume).
MAI (2) f Japanese
From Japanese (mai) meaning "dance" or 麻衣 (mai) meaning "linen robe". It can also come from (ma) meaning "real, genuine" combined with (ai) meaning "love, affection". Other kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
MAÏA f French
French form of MAIA (1).
MAIA (1) f Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology, Portuguese, Georgian
From Greek μαια (maia) meaning "good mother, dame, foster mother", perhaps in origin a nursery form of μητηρ (meter). In Greek and Roman mythology she was the eldest of the Pleiades, the group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus, who were the daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Her son by Zeus was Hermes.
MAIA (2) f Roman Mythology
Probably from Latin maior meaning "greater". This was the name of a Roman goddess of spring, a companion (sometimes wife) of Vulcan. She was later conflated with the Greek goddess Maia. The month of May is named for her.
MAIA (3) f Basque
Basque form of MARIA.
MAIALEN f Basque
Basque form of MAGDALENE.
MAIARA f Native American, Tupi
Means "great grandmother, wise" in Tupi.
MAIDER f Basque
From the name of the goddess MARI (3) combined with Basque eder meaning "beautiful".
MAIGHREAD f Scottish
Scottish form of MARGARET.
MAIJA f Finnish
Finnish variant of MARIA.
MAIKE f Frisian, German
Frisian diminutive of MARIA.
MAIKEN f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian diminutive of MARIA.
MAILE f Hawaiian
From the name of a type of vine that grows in Hawaii and is used in making leis.
MAILYS f French
Variant of MAYLIS.
MAIMU f Estonian
Means "little" in Estonian.