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MARTHEfFrench, Norwegian
French and Norwegian form of MARTHA.
Catalan form of MARTIN.
From the Roman cognomen Martialis, which was derived from the name of the Roman god MARS. The name was borne by Marcus Valerius Martialis, now commonly known as Martial, a Roman poet of the 1st century.
MARTIALISmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of MARTIAL.
MARTIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of MARTIN, MARTINA or MARTHA.
Dutch form of MARTIN.
Portuguese form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
Spanish form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
Norman form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTINmEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Finnish
From the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god MARS. Saint Martin of Tours was a 4th-century bishop who is the patron saint of France. According to legend, he came across a cold beggar in the middle of winter so he ripped his cloak in two and gave half of it to the beggar. He was a favourite saint during the Middle Ages, and his name has become common throughout the Christian world.... [more]
MARTINAfGerman, 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.
MARTINEfFrench, Dutch, Norwegian
French, Dutch and Norwegian feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
Portuguese form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
Italian form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
Latvian form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTINUSmAncient Roman, Dutch
Original Latin form of MARTIN. This is also the official Dutch form of the name, used on birth certificates but commonly rendered Maarten or Marten in daily life.
Means "martyrdom" in Spanish.
Spanish diminutive of MARTA.
Hungarian form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
Finnish form of MARTHA.
Finnish form of MARTIN.
Diminutive of MÁRTA.
Diminutive of MARTIN.
MARTYNmWelsh, Ukrainian
Welsh and Ukrainian form of MARTIN.
Polish feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
Lithuanian form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
Basque form of MARCELLUS.
MARUFmArabic, Bengali
Means "favour, kindness" in Arabic.
Galician diminutive of MARIA.
Feminine form of MARVIN.
MARVINmEnglish, German
Probably from an English surname which was derived from the given name MERVYN. A famous bearer was the American musician Marvin Gaye (1939-1984).
From the Arabic name of a fragrant plant. Al-Marwa is one of the names of a sacred hill near Mecca.
German variant of MARVIN.
MARYfEnglish, 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]
Russian variant form of MARIA.
MARYAMfArabic, Persian, Urdu
Arabic, Persian and Urdu form of Miryam (see MARY). In Iran it is also the name of a flower, the tuberose, which is named after the Virgin Mary.
Russian variant of MARIANNA.
Combination of MARY and ANN.
Combination of MARY and ANNE (1).
Combination of MARY and BETH.
Belarusian form of MARIA.
Polish diminutive of MARIA.
Combination of MARY and LOU.
Combination of MARIE and YVONNE.
MARZANNA (1)fPolish
Probably a Polish variant of MARIANNA.
MARZELLmGerman (Rare)
German variant of MARCELLUS.
Probably originally a Polish diminutive of MARIA or MAŁGORZATA.
Italian form of MARCIA.
Italian form of MARCIUS.
Czech form of MASHA.
MAŠAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of MASHA.
MASAMBAmEastern African, Yao
Means "leaves, vegetables" in Yao.
MASAMIf & mJapanese
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.
From Japanese (masaru) meaning "victory". Other kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
MASEGOfSouthern African, Tswana
Means "blessings" in Tswana.
Russian diminutive of MARIYA.
From an English surname meaning "stoneworker", from an Old French word of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian "to make").
MASOODmArabic, Persian
Variant transcription of MAS'UD.
MASOUDmArabic, Persian
Variant transcription of MAS'UD.
Persian form of MASUMA.
MASOZIm & fSouthern African, Tumbuka
Means "tears" in Tumbuka.
Italian form of MAXIMUS.
Variant transcription of MAS'UD.
MASTERMANmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which originally belonged to a person who worked as a servant.
MAS'UDmArabic, Persian
Means "lucky" in Arabic.
Bengali form of MAS'UD.
Means "innocent" in Arabic. After her death, this name was applied to Fatima, a daughter of the 9th-century Shia imam Musa al-Kadhim.
From Japanese (masu) meaning "profit, benefit" and (yo) meaning "world". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Short form of MATTHEW.
Variant transcription of MATTAN.
Lithuanian form of MATTHEW.
Hungarian form of MATTHEW.
MATE (1)mGeorgian
Georgian form of MATTHEW.
MATE (2)mCroatian
Diminutive of MATEJ or MATIJA.
Croatian feminine form of MATEO.
Romanian form of MATTHEW.
Czech form of MATTHIAS, used to refer to the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot.
MATEJmSlovak, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Slovak form of MATTHIAS, used to refer to the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. Also the Slovene, Croatian and Macedonian form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATEJA (1)fSlovene, Croatian
Feminine form of MATEJ.
MATEJA (2)mSerbian
Serbian variant of MATIJA.
French form of MATEO or MATTEO.
MATEOmSpanish, Croatian
Spanish form of MATTHEW. This form is also sometimes used in Croatia, from the Italian form MATTEO.
Catalan form of MATTHEW.
Portuguese form of MATTHEW.
Polish form of MATTHEW.
Slovene variant of MATTHEW.
Bulgarian form of MATTHEW.
Older Russian form of MATTHEW.
MATHmWelsh Mythology
Possibly from Celtic matu meaning "bear". According to the Mabinogion, Math ap Mathonwy was a king of Gwynedd and a magician. He was the uncle of the hero Gwydion.
French form of MATEO or MATTEO.
Means "bear" in Irish Gaelic. This was the name of a brother of the Irish king Brian Boru.
French variant form of MATTHEW.
MATHISmGerman, French
German and French form of MATTHIAS.
Modern Irish form of MATHGHAMHAIN.
French variant of MATTHIAS.
Basque form of MATTHEW.
Spanish form of MATTHIAS.
MATIASmFinnish, Portuguese
Finnish and Portuguese form of MATTHIAS.
Slovene variant form of MATTHIAS.
MATIJAm & fSlovene, 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.
Hungarian form of MATILDA.
MATILDAfEnglish, 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]
MATILDEfSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of MATILDA.
Slovene variant of MATTHIAS.
Diminutive of MATEJ or MATIJA.
Finnish form of MAGDALENE.
Diminutive of MATEJ or MATIJA.
Czech form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATRONAfRussian, Late Roman
Means "lady" in Late Latin. This was the name of three early saints.
MATSmSwedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian short form of MATTHIAS.
Short form of MATTHEW.
MATTANmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "gift" in Hebrew. This was the name of the father of Shephatiah in the Old Testament.
Means "gift of YAHWEH" in Hebrew. This was the original name of Zedekiah, a king of Judah, in the Old Testament.
Italian feminine form of MATTHEW.
Italian form of MATTHEW.
MATTEUSmSwedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATTHAIOSmGreek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of Mattityahu (see MATTHEW).
MATTHANmBiblical, 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.
German form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATTHEImOld Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of MATTHEW.
MATTHEWmEnglish, Biblical
English form of Ματθαιος (Matthaios), which was a Greek form of the Hebrew name מַתִּתְיָהוּ (Mattityahu) meaning "gift of YAHWEH", from the roots מַתָּן (mattan) meaning "gift" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. 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]
MATTHIASmGerman, 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.
Dutch form of MATTHIAS.
Finnish form of MATTHEW.
Italian form of MATTHIAS.
MATTIEf & mEnglish
Diminutive of MATILDA or MATTHEW.
Basque form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
Form of Mattityahu (see MATTHEW) used in the English Old Testament, where it belongs to a few minor characters.
MATTITHYAHUmBiblical Hebrew
Variant transcription of MATTITYAHU.
MATTITYAHUmHebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of MATTHEW.
MATTY (1)mEnglish
Diminutive of MATTHEW.
MATTY (2)fMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARTHA.
Slovak form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
Variant transcription of MATVEY.
Russian form of MATTHEW.
Basque diminutive of Martinus (see MARTIN).
Hungarian form of MATTHIAS. This was the name of two Hungarian kings.
Czech form of MATTHIAS (via Hungarian Mátyás).
MATYLDAfCzech, Polish
Czech and Polish form of MATILDA.
MAUDfEnglish, 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).
Variant of MAUD.
Diminutive of MAUD.
MAUIm & fHawaiian, 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.
Finnish form of MAGNUS.
Variant of MAUNO.
MAURA (2)fIrish, 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.
MAUREENfIrish, English
Anglicized form of MÁIRÍN.
Finnish form of MAURICE.
MAURICEmEnglish, 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]
Portuguese form of Mauritius (see MAURICE).
Spanish form of Mauritius (see MAURICE).
Dutch form of MAURICE.
Italian form of Mauritius (see MAURICE).
MAURUSmLate Roman
Latin name which meant "dark skinned". This was the name of numerous early saints, most notably a follower of Saint Benedict.
Polish form of MAURICE.
Variant of MAEVE.
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.
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).
Derived from the Irish phrase mo mhúirnín meaning "my darling".
MAVUTOm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "troubles, problems" in Chewa.
MAWARfIndonesian, Malay
Means "rose" in Malay and Indonesian.
MAWULImWestern African, Ewe
Means "God lives" in Ewe.
MAWUNYOm & fWestern African, Ewe
Means "God is good" in Ewe.
MAXmGerman, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Russian
Short form of MAXIMILIAN (or sometimes of MAXWELL in English). It is also a variant transcription of Russian MAKS.
MAXENmWelsh (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of MACSEN.
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.
MAXIMmRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Variant transcription of MAKSIM or MAKSYM.
Spanish feminine form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of MAXIMUS.
French form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMIANOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of MAXIMIANUS.
MAXIMIANUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was derived from MAXIMUS.
Dutch form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
Slovak form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
MAXIMILIANmGerman, 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.
German feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXIMILIANOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
French form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
French feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXIMINOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of MAXIMINUS.
MAXIMINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was derived from MAXIMUS. Saint Maximinus was a 4th-century bishop of Trier.
Spanish form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which was derived from Latin maximus "greatest". Saint Maximus was a monk and theologian from Constantinople in the 7th century.
Feminine form of MAX. It has been commonly used only since the beginning of the 20th century.
Czech form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
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.
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)fHinduism, 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)fEnglish
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)fHebrew
Derived from Hebrew מַיִם (mayim) meaning "water".
MAYAMIKOm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "praise, gratitude" in Chewa.
MAYESOm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "test (from God)" in Chewa.
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.
Possibly a variant of MAMIE.
From an English surname which was derived from the Germanic given name MEGINHARD.
Derived from Nakh майра (mayra) meaning "husband, brave man" combined with the Turkish military title beg meaning "chieftain, master".
Variant transcription of MEITAL.
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.
MAYUMIfFilipino, Tagalog
Means "tender, soft, modest" in Tagalog.
MAYURmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Means "peacock" in Sanskrit.
Means "honoured" in Turkish.
Means "rain clouds" in Arabic.
MBALENHLEfSouthern African, Zulu
From Zulu imbali "flower" and hle "beautiful".
MBALIfSouthern African, Zulu
Means "flower" in Zulu.
MCHUMBAfEastern African, Swahili
Means "sweetheart" in Swahili.
MCKENNAfEnglish (Modern)
From the Gaelic surname Mac Cionaodha, which means "son of CIONAODH".
MEADEm & fEnglish (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).
MEADOWfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word meadow, ultimately from Old English mædwe.
Variant of MEGAN.
Variant of MEGAN.
Possibly means "lightning" in Irish Gaelic.
Variant of MAEVE.
Dutch form of MATILDA.
German variant of MATHILDE.
MECHTILDEfGerman (Rare)
German variant of MATHILDE.
Turkish form of MAJID.
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.
MEDBfIrish Mythology
Original Irish form of MAEVE.
MEDEAfGreek 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.
Variant transcription of MIDHAT.
MEDUSAfGreek 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.
MEENAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil
Variant transcription of MINA (2).
MEERAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
Variant transcription of MIRA (1).
Diminutive of BARTHOLOMEUS.
Medieval diminutive of MARGARET.
MEGAf & mIndonesian
Means "cloud" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit मेघ (megha).
MEGAERAfGreek 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).
MEGANfWelsh, 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.
MEGGYfMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARGARET.
Variant of MEGAN.
MEGINFRIDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of MANFRED.
MEGINHARDmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements magan "strength" and hard "brave, hardy".
MEGINRATmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of MEINRAD.
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 using the hiragana writing system.
Persian form of MAHDI.
From the Hebrew name מְהֵיטַבְאֵל (Meheitav'el) meaning "God makes happy". This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
MEHMEDmOttoman Turkish, Bosnian
Older form of MEHMET, as well as the Bosnian form. This was the name of six sultans of the Ottoman Empire, including Mehmed II the conqueror of Constantinople.
Turkish form of MUHAMMAD. This name was borne sultans of the Ottoman Empire (with the older form Mehmed).
Variant transcription of MEHMUD.
Urdu form of MAHMUD.
Uyghur form of MAHMUD.
MEHRmPersian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of MITHRA.
MEHRABmPersian, 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'.
Modern Persian form of MITHRIDATES.
Turkish form of MAHTAB.
Turkish form of MAHVASH.
MEI (1)fChinese
From Chinese (měi) meaning "beautiful" or (méi) meaning "Chinese plum" (species Prunus mume), as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
MEI (2)fJapanese
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.
Welsh form of MICHAEL.
MEIKEfGerman, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of MARIA.