Feminine Names

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MÄRTA f Swedish
Swedish short form of MARGARETA.
MARTE (1) f Norwegian
Norwegian variant of MARTHA.
MARTHA f English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From Aramaic מַרְתָּא (marta') meaning "the lady, the mistress", feminine form of מַר (mar) meaning "master". In the New Testament this is the name of the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany (who is sometimes identified with Mary Magdalene). She was a witness to Jesus restoring her dead brother to life.... [more]
MARTHE f French, Norwegian
French and Norwegian form of MARTHA.
MARTHESE f Maltese
Maltese form of MARTHA.
MARTIE m & f English
Diminutive of MARTIN, MARTINA or MARTHA.
MARTINA f German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Slovene, Hungarian, English, Swedish, Dutch, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN). Saint Martina was a 3rd-century martyr who is one of the patron saints of Rome.
MARTINE f French, Dutch, Norwegian
French, Dutch and Norwegian feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTIRIO f Spanish
Means "martyrdom" in Spanish.
MARTITA f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of MARTA.
MARTTA f Finnish
Finnish form of MARTHA.
MÁRTUSKA f Hungarian
Diminutive of MÁRTA.
MARTYNA f Polish
Polish feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARUŠA f Slovene
Diminutive of MARIJA.
MARUXA f Galician
Galician diminutive of MARIA.
MARVA f English
Feminine form of MARVIN.
MARWA f Arabic
From the Arabic name of a fragrant plant. Al-Marwa is the name of one of the two sacred hills near Mecca.
MARY f English, Biblical
Usual English form of Maria, the Latin form of the New Testament Greek names Μαριαμ (Mariam) and Μαρια (Maria) - the spellings are interchangeable - which were from Hebrew מִרְיָם (Miryam), a name borne by the sister of Moses in the Old Testament. The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love".... [more]
MARYA f Russian
Russian variant form of MARIA.
MARYAM f Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Bashkir, Tatar
Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Bashkir and Tatar form of Miryam (see MARY). In Iran it is also the name of a flower, the tuberose, which is named after the Virgin Mary.
MARYANA f Russian
Russian variant of MARIANNA.
MARY ANN f English
Combination of MARY and ANN.
MARYANN f English
Combination of MARY and ANN.
MARY ANNE f English
Combination of MARY and ANNE (1).
MARYANNE f English
Combination of MARY and ANNE (1).
MARY BETH f English
Combination of MARY and BETH.
MARYBETH f English
Combination of MARY and BETH.
MARYIA f Belarusian
Belarusian form of MARIA.
MARY JANE f English
Combination of MARY and JANE.
MARY JO f English
Combination of MARY and JO.
MARYLA f Polish
Polish diminutive of MARIA.
MARY LOU f English
Combination of MARY and LOU.
MARYLOU f English
Combination of MARY and LOU.
MARYLYN f English
Variant of MARILYN.
MARYNA f Ukrainian, Belarusian
Ukrainian and Belarusian form of MARINA.
MARYSE f French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARYSIA f Polish
Polish diminutive of MARIA.
MARYVONNE f French
Combination of MARIE and YVONNE.
MARZANNA (1) f Polish
Probably a Polish variant of MARIANNA.
MARZENA f Polish
Probably originally a Polish diminutive of MARIA or MAŁGORZATA.
MARZIA f Italian
Italian form of MARCIA.
MÁŠA f Czech
Czech form of MASHA.
MAŠA f Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of MASHA.
MASAKO f Japanese
From Japanese (masa) meaning "elegant, graceful" and (ko) meaning "child". Masako (1963-) is the current empress consort of Japan. This name can also be formed from other combinations of kanji.
MASAMI f & m Japanese
From Japanese (masa) meaning "become" or (masa) meaning "right, proper" combined with (mi) meaning "beautiful". This name can also be formed from other combinations of kanji.
MASEGO f Southern African, Tswana
Means "blessings" in Tswana.
MASHA f Russian
Russian diminutive of MARIYA.
MASOOMEH f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian معصومه (see MASOUMEH).
MASOUMEH f Persian
Persian form of MASUMA.
MASOZI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "tears" in Tumbuka.
MASUMA f Arabic
Means "innocent" in Arabic. After her death, this name was applied to Fatima, a daughter of the 9th-century Shia imam Musa al-Kadhim.
MASUYO f Japanese
From Japanese (masu) meaning "profit, benefit" and (yo) meaning "world". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MATEA f Croatian
Croatian feminine form of MATEO.
MATEJA (1) f Slovene, Croatian
Feminine form of MATEJ.
MATHEA f Norwegian
Norwegian feminine form of MATHIAS.
MATHILDE f French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish
Form of MATILDA in several languages.
MATIJA m & f Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Slovene, Croatian and Serbian form of MATTHIAS, used to refer to the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. It is occasionally used as a feminine name.
MATILD f Hungarian
Hungarian form of MATILDA.
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.
MATLEENA f Finnish
Finnish form of MAGDALENE.
MATRONA f Russian, Late Roman
Means "lady" in Late Latin. This was the name of three early saints.
MATRYONA f Russian
Variant of MATRONA.
MATTEA f Italian
Italian feminine form of MATTHEW.
MATTIE f & m English
Diminutive of MATILDA or MATTHEW.
MATTY (2) f Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARTHA.
MATYLDA f Czech, Polish
Czech and Polish form of MATILDA.
MAUD f English, French, 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.
MĀUI 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.
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.
MAURICETTE f French
French feminine form of MAURICE.
MAURIZIA f Italian
Feminine form of MAURIZIO.
MAVE f Irish
Variant of MAEVE.
MAVIS f English
From the name of the type of bird, also called the song thrush, derived from Old French mauvis, of uncertain origin. 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.
MAWUNYO m & f Western African, Ewe
Means "God is good" in Ewe.
MAXI m & f Spanish, German
Spanish short form of MAXIMILIANO (masculine) or German short form of MAXIMILIANE (feminine) or MAXIMILIAN (masculine).
MÁXIMA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMILIANE f German
German feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXIMILIENNE f French (Rare)
French feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXINE f English
Feminine form of MAX. It has been commonly used only since the beginning of the 20th century.
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) meaning "water".
MAYAMIKO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "praise, gratitude" in Chewa.
MAYBELLE f English
Variant 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.
MAYTAL f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew מֵיטַל (see 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.
MAYUMI (1) f Japanese
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine" combined with (yumi) meaning "archery bow" or (yu) meaning "reason" and (mi) meaning "beautiful". This name can also be constructed from other kanji combinations.
MAYUMI (2) f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "tender, soft, modest" in Tagalog.
MBALENHLE f Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imbali "flower" and hle "beautiful".
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, often spelled as McKayla with the third letter capitalized, influenced by surnames beginning with Mc.
MCKENNA f English (Modern)
From a surname, the Gaelic form of which is Mac Cionaodha meaning "son of CIONAODH".
MCKINLEY f & m English
From a surname, the Gaelic form of which is Mac Fhionnlaigh meaning "son of FIONNLAGH". A famous bearer was the assassinated American president William McKinley (1843-1901).
MEADE m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that 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).
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.
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.
MEDB f Irish Mythology
Original Irish form of MAEVE.
MEDEA f Greek Mythology (Latinized), Georgian
From Greek Μηδεια (Medeia), possibly derived from μηδομαι (medomai) meaning "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.
MEDİNE f Turkish
Turkish form of MADINA.
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
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi मीना or Tamil மீனா (see MINA (2)).
MEERA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi मीरा, Malayalam മീര, Tamil மீரா or Kannada ಮೀರಾ (see MIRA (1)).
MEG f English
Medieval diminutive of MARGARET. It is now also used as a short form of the related name MEGAN.
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) meaning "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).
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.
MEGUMI f Japanese
From Japanese (megumi) meaning "favour, benefit" or (megumi) meaning "love, affection", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations that have the same reading. It is often written using the hiragana writing system.
MEHETABEL f Biblical
From the Hebrew name מְהֵיטַבְאֵל (Meheitav'el) meaning "God makes happy". This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
MEHR m & f Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of MITHRA. As a Persian vocabulary word it means "friendship" and "sun". It is also the name of the seventh month of the Persian calendar. All these derive from the same source: the Indo-Iranian root *mitra meaning "oath, covenant, agreement".
MEHRNAZ f Persian
From Persian مهر (mehr) meaning "friendship" or "sun" and ناز (naz) meaning "delight, comfort". This is the name of a character in the 11th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh.
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 "Chinese plum" (species Prunus mume), as well as other characters that 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.
MEIKE f German, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MEINIR f Welsh
Means "maiden" in Welsh.
MEINTJE f Dutch
Feminine form of MEINE.
MEINWEN f Welsh
Means "slender and white" from Welsh main "slender" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
MEIRA f Hebrew
Feminine form of MEIR.
MEIRIONA f Welsh
Feminine form of MEIRION.
MEIRIT f Hebrew
Feminine form of MEIR.
MEITAL f Hebrew
Means "dew drop" in Hebrew.
MEJA f Swedish (Modern)
Possibly from a Low German diminutive of names beginning with the Germanic element magan meaning "strength". It was popularized by the Swedish singer Meja (1969-), born Anna Pernilla Torndahl.
MEKLIT f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "talent" 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 (Rare)
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]
MELANIJA f Serbian, Macedonian, Slovene, Latvian, Lithuanian
Form of MELANIE used in various languages.
MELANO f Georgian
Georgian form of MELANIE.
MELANTHA f English (Rare)
Probably a combination of Mel (from names such as MELANIE or MELISSA) with the suffix antha (from Greek ανθος (anthos) meaning "flower"). John Dryden used this name in his play Marriage a la Mode (1672).
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.
MELCHOL f Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of MICHAL (2).
MELE f Hawaiian
Means "song" in Hawaiian. This name is also used as a Hawaiian and Samoan form of MARY.
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) meaning "honey". This was the name of a nymph in Greek myth, the daughter of the Greek god Okeanos.
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.
MÉLISSA f French
French form of MELISSA.
MELISSA f English, Dutch, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "bee" in Greek. In Greek mythology this was the name of a daughter of Procles, as well as an epithet of various Greek nymphs and priestesses. According to the early Christian writer Lactantius this was the name of the sister of the nymph Amalthea, with whom she cared for the young Zeus. Later it appears in Ludovico Ariosto's poem Orlando Furios (1516) belonging to the fairy who helps Rogero escape from the witch Alcina. As an English given name, Melissa has been used since the 18th century.
MELISSZA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of MELISSA.
MELITA f Various
In the case of Queen Victoria's granddaughter Princess Victoria Melita (1876-1936) it was derived from Melita, the Latin name of the island country of Malta, where she was born.
MELITTA f Ancient Greek, German
Ancient Attic Greek variant of MELISSA.
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) meaning "song" combined with αειδω (aeido) meaning "to sing".
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 transcription of MELPOMENE.
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.
MENODORA f Ancient Greek
Means "gift of the moon", derived from Greek μηνη (mene) meaning "moon" and δωρον (doron) meaning "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who was martyred with her sisters Metrodora and Nymphodora.
MENUHA f Hebrew
Means "tranquility" in Hebrew.
MERAB (1) f Biblical
Means "abundant" in Hebrew. This is the name of a daughter of Saul in the Old Testament.
MERAL f Turkish
Turkish form of MARAL.
MERAUD f Cornish
Meaning unknown, perhaps based on Cornish mor "sea".
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.
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).
MEREL f Dutch
Means "blackbird" in Dutch.
MERERID f Welsh
Welsh form of MARGARET.
MERETE f Danish
Danish form of MARGARET.
MERI (1) f Finnish
Means "the sea" in Finnish.
MERI (2) f Georgian
Georgian form of MARIE.
MERILYN f English
Variant of MARILYN.
MERIT (2) f Swedish
Variant of MARIT.
MERITA f Esperanto
Means "meritorious" in Esperanto.
MERITXELL f Catalan
From the name of a village in Andorra where there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The name of the village may derive from Latin meridies meaning "midday".
MERJA f Finnish
Possibly from the name of an ancient Finnish tribe.
MERJEM f Bosnian
Bosnian form of Miriam (see MARY).
MERJEMA f Bosnian
Bosnian variant form of Miriam (see MARY).
MERLE f & m English
Variant of MERRILL or MURIEL. The spelling has been influenced by the word merle meaning "blackbird" (via French, from Latin merula).
MERLETTA f English (Rare)
Diminutive of MERLE.
MERLYN m & f English
Variant of MERLIN, sometimes used as a feminine form. It has perhaps been influenced by the Welsh word merlyn meaning "pony".
MEROB f Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MERAB (1) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
MEROPE f Greek Mythology
From Greek μερος (meros) meaning "share, part" and οψ (ops) meaning "face, eye". This was the name of several characters in Greek mythology, including the seventh of the Pleiades and the foster mother of Oedipus.
MERRY (1) f English
From the English word merry, ultimately from Old English myrige. This name appears in Charles Dickens' novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), where it is a diminutive of MERCY.
MERRYN f Cornish
Meaning unknown. This was the name of an early Cornish (male) saint.
MERVE f Turkish
Turkish form of MARWA.
MERVI f Finnish
From the name of a Finnish village (now a part of the municipality of Hattula).
MERYEM f Turkish, Uyghur
Turkish and Uyghur form of Miriam (see MARY).
MERYL f English
Variant of MURIEL, influenced by the spelling of the name CHERYL. A famous bearer is American actress Meryl Streep (1949-), whose real name is Mary Louise Streep.
META f German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
German and Scandinavian short form of MARGARET.
METHOATASKE f Native American, Shawnee
Means "turtle laying its eggs" in Shawnee.
METI f Eastern African, Oromo
Means "umbrella" in Oromo.
METIS f Greek Mythology
Means "wisdom, skill, cunning" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was a Titan. Because it was prophesized that her children would be wiser than Zeus, he swallowed her after he had impregnated her. However, their daughter Athena eventually burst from his head fully grown.
METRODORA f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μητηρ (meter) meaning "mother" (genitive μητρος) and δωρον (doron) meaning "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr who was killed with her sisters Menodora and Nymphodora.
METTE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish diminutive of MARGARET.
MEZTLI m & f Aztec and Toltec Mythology, Native American, Nahuatl
Means "moon" in Nahuatl. This was the name of the Aztec god (or goddess) of the moon.
MHAIRI f Scottish
Vocative form of MÀIRI.
MIA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English
Scandinavian, Dutch and German diminutive of MARIA. It coincides with the Italian word mia meaning "mine".
MICA f English
Short form of MICHAELA.
MICAELA f Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICAIAH m & f Biblical
Means "who is like YAHWEH?" in Hebrew. This name occurs in the Old Testament belonging to both males and females.
MICAJAH m & f Biblical
Variant of MICAIAH.
MICHA (2) m & f German, Dutch
Short form of MICHAEL or MICHAELA.
MICHAL (2) f Biblical, Hebrew
Possibly means "brook" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a daughter of Saul. She was married to David, but after David fled from Saul he remarried her to someone else. Later, when David became king, he ordered her returned to him.
MICHALA f Czech
Czech feminine form of MICHAL (1).
MICHALINA f Polish
Polish feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICHELA f Italian
Italian feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICHELANGELA f Italian
Feminine form of MICHELANGELO.
MICHÈLE f French
French feminine form of MICHEL.
MICHELINA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of MICHELE (1).
MICHELINE f French
French feminine diminutive of MICHEL.
MICHELLE f French, English, Dutch
French feminine form of MICHEL. It has been common in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century.
MICHI (1) m & f Japanese
From Japanese (michi) meaning "path". Other kanji can also form this name.
MICHI (2) m & f German
German diminutive of MICHAEL or MICHAELA.
MICHIKO f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful", (chi) meaning "wisdom, intellect" and (ko) meaning "child". This name can also be comprised of other combinations of kanji.
MICHOL f Biblical Latin
Biblical Latin form of MICHAL (2).
MICKEY m & f English
Diminutive or feminine form of MICHAEL. This was the name that Walt Disney gave to Ub Iwerks' cartoon character Mickey Mouse, who was originally named Mortimer Mouse. Another famous bearer was the American baseball player Mickey Mantle (1931-1995).
MICOL f Italian
Italian variant form of MICHAL (2) (the Italian biblical form being Mikal). This is the name of the heroine in Giorgio Bassani's novel The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1962).
MIDHA f Arabic
Means "praise, eulogy" in Arabic.
MIDORI f Japanese
From Japanese (midori) meaning "green", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations that have the same pronunciation.
MIE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian diminutive of MARIE.
MIECZYSŁAWA f Polish
Feminine form of MIECZYSŁAW.
MIEKE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MIELA f Esperanto
Means "honey-sweet" in Esperanto.
MIELIKKI f Finnish Mythology
Derived from Finnish mieli "mind, mood". This was the name of a Finnish goddess of forests and hunting. By some accounts she is the wife of the god Tapio.
MIEN f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of WILHELMINA.
MIEP f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MIES f & m Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA or BARTHOLOMEUS.
MIGLĖ f Lithuanian
Derived from Lithuanian migla meaning "mist".