Names Starting with M

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MORVENfScottish
From a Scottish place name meaning "big gap". This was the name of Fingal's kingdom in James Macpherson's poems.
MORWENNAfCornish, Welsh
Means "maiden" in Cornish (related to the Welsh word morwyn). This was the name of a 6th-century Cornish saint.
MOSEmGerman (Rare)
German form of MOSES.
MOSESmEnglish, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name מֹשֶׁה (Mosheh) which is most likely derived from Egyptian mes meaning "son", but could also possibly mean "deliver" in Hebrew. The meaning suggested in the Old Testament of "drew out" from Hebrew משה (mashah) is probably an invented etymology (see Exodus 2:10). The biblical Moses was drawn out of the Nile by the pharaoh's daughter and adopted into the royal family, at a time when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. With his brother Aaron he demanded the pharaoh release the Israelites, which was only done after God sent ten plagues upon Egypt. Moses led the people across the Red Sea and to Mount Sinai, where he received the Ten Commandments from God. After 40 years of wandering in the desert the people reached Canaan, the Promised Land, but Moses died just before entering it.... [more]
MOSImEastern African, Swahili
Means "first (child)" in Swahili.
MOSTAFAmArabic
Variant transcription of MUSTAFA.
MOSTYNmWelsh
From a Welsh place name which means "moss town" in Old English.
MOTmSemitic Mythology
Means "death" in Ugaritic. This was the name of the Ugaritic god of death and the lord of the netherworld. He was a son of the supreme god El.
MOTELmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MORDECAI.
MOTImEastern African, Oromo
Means "leader" in Oromo.
MOTIEJUSmLithuanian
Older Lithuanian form of MATTHEW.
MOTKEmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MORDECAI.
MOTYAm & fRussian
Diminutive of MATVEY or MATRONA.
MOUNAfArabic
Variant transcription of MUNA.
MOYSEImOld Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of MOSES.
MOYSESmBiblical Latin
Variant Latin form of MOSES. This spelling is used in some versions of the Vulgate.
MÓZESmHungarian
Hungarian form of MOSES.
MOZESmDutch
Dutch form of MOSES.
MOZHDEHfPersian
Means "good news" in Persian.
MOZHGANfPersian
Means "eyelashes" in Persian.
MPHATSOm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "gift" in Chewa.
MPHOm & fSouthern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "gift" in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa "to offer".
MRIDULAfIndian, Hindi
From Sanskrit मृदु (mridu) meaning "soft, delicate, gentle".
MSTISLAVmCzech, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Means "vengeance and glory" from the Slavic elements misti "vengeance" and slava "glory".
MTENDEREm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "peace" in Chewa.
MUm & fChinese
From Chinese () meaning "admire, desire", () meaning "tree, wood", or other characters with similar pronunciations.
MUADHNAITfIrish
Means "little noble one", derived from Irish muadh "noble, good" combined with a diminutive suffix.
MUBINmArabic
Means "clear, distinct" in Arabic.
MUBINAfArabic
Feminine form of MUBIN.
MUBIRUmEastern African, Ganda
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a figure in Ganda mythology associated with forests and hunting.
MÜCAHİTmTurkish
Means "fighter" in Turkish.
MUDIWAf & mSouthern African, Shona
Means "beloved" in Shona.
MUFADDALmArabic
Means "preferred" in Arabic.
MÜGEfTurkish
Means "lily of the valley" in Turkish (species Convallaria majalis).
MUHAMADmIndonesian, Malay, Avar
Indonesian, Malay and Avar variant of MUHAMMAD.
MUHAMADKHANmAvar
Combination of MUHAMAD and the Turkic title khan meaning "ruler, leader".
MUHAMEDmBosnian
Bosnian form of MUHAMMAD.
MUHAMMADmArabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali, Tajik, Indonesian, Malay, Avar
Means "praiseworthy", derived from Arabic حمد (hamid) meaning "to praise". This was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. According to Muslim belief, at age 40 Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel, who provided him with the first verses of the Qur'an. Approximately 20 years later he conquered Mecca, the city of his birth, and his followers controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula at the time of his death in 632.... [more]
MUHAMMADUmWestern African, Hausa, Fula
Hausa and Fula form of MUHAMMAD.
MUHAMMEDmTurkish, Arabic
Turkish form of MUHAMMAD, as well as a variant transcription of the Arabic name.
MUHAMMETmTurkish
Turkish form of MUHAMMAD.
MUHEMMETmUyghur
Uyghur form of MUHAMMAD.
MUHSİNmTurkish
Turkish form of MUHSIN.
MUHSINmArabic
Means "beneficent" in Arabic.
MUHSINAfArabic
Feminine form of MUHSIN.
MUHTARmTurkish
Turkish form of MUKHTAR.
MUIRmScottish
From a surname which was originally taken from a Scottish place name meaning "moor, fen". It also means "sea" in Scottish Gaelic.
MUIRCHERTACHmIrish
Means "mariner" in Gaelic. This was the name of a 6th-century Irish high king.
MUIREALLfScottish
Scottish form of MUIRGEL.
MUIREDACHmIrish
Means "lord" in Irish. This was the name of several legendary and historical kings of Ireland.
MUIRENNfIrish, Irish Mythology
Either derived from Gaelic muir "sea" and fionn "fair, white", or else a variant of MUIRNE.
MUIRGELfIrish
Means "bright sea", derived from Gaelic muir "sea" and geal "bright".
MUIRGENfIrish, Irish Mythology
Means "born of the sea" in Gaelic. In Irish legend this was the name of a woman (originally named Líban) who was transformed into a mermaid. After 300 years she was brought to shore, baptized, and transformed back into a woman.
MUIRGHEALfIrish
Modern form of MUIRGEL.
MUIRÍNfIrish
Modern form of MUIRGEN.
MUIRISmIrish
Irish form of MAURICE.
MUIRNEfIrish Mythology
Means "festive" in Irish Gaelic. In Irish legend this was the name of the mother of Fionn mac Cumhail.
MÜJDEfTurkish
Turkish form of MOZHDEH.
MÜJGANfTurkish
Turkish form of MOZHGAN.
MUJOmBosnian
Bosnian diminutive of MUSTAFA.
MUKAMIfEastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly means "the one who milks the cows" in Kikuyu.
MUKESHAmHinduism
Means "ruler of Muka" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Shiva, given to him because he killed Muka, a demon in the form of a wild boar.
MUKHAMEDmKazakh
Kazakh form of MUHAMMAD.
MUKHAMMEDmKazakh
Kazakh form of MUHAMMAD.
MUKHTARmArabic
Means "chosen" in Arabic.
MUKTAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "liberated, set free" in Sanskrit.
MUKULmIndian, Hindi
Means "bud, blossom" in Sanskrit.
MUMBIfEastern African, Kikuyu
Means "she who shapes" in Kikuyu. In Kikuyu mythology Mumbi was the wife of Gikuyu and the mother of his nine daughters.
MÜMİNmTurkish
Turkish form of MUMIN.
MUMINmArabic
Means "believer" in Arabic.
MUMINAfArabic
Feminine form of MUMIN.
MÜMİNEfTurkish
Turkish feminine form of MUMIN.
MÜMTAZmTurkish
Turkish form of MUMTAZ.
MUMTAZmArabic
Means "distinguished" in Arabic.
MUNAfArabic
Means "wishes, desires", from the plural of Arabic منية (munyah).
MUNASHEm & fSouthern African, Shona
Means "with God" in Shona.
MUNDZUKmMedieval Turkic
Old Turkic form of BENDEGÚZ.
MUNGOmScottish
Possibly derived from Welsh mwyn "gentle, kind". This was a nickname of the 6th-century Saint Kentigern.
MÜNİRmTurkish
Turkish form of MUNIR.
MUNIRmArabic
Means "bright, shining" in Arabic.
MUNIRAfArabic
Feminine form of MUNIR.
MÜNİREfTurkish
Turkish feminine form of MUNIR.
MUNKHTSETSEGfMongolian
Means "eternal flower" in Mongolian.
MUNROmScottish
Variant of MONROE.
MUNYAfArabic
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic.
MURADmArabic, Urdu, Azerbaijani, Avar
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic. This name was borne by several Ottoman sultans.
MURALImHinduism, Tamil, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi
Means "flute" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Krishna, given to him because he played the flute.
MURATmTurkish, Bosnian
Turkish and Bosnian form of MURAD.
MURCHADHmIrish, Scottish
Derived from Gaelic muir "sea" and cadh "warrior".
MURDAGfScottish
Feminine form of MURDO.
MURDOmScottish
Anglicized form of MUIREADHACH or MURCHADH.
MURDOCHmIrish
Anglicized form of MUIREDACH.
MURIELfEnglish, French, Irish
Medieval English form of a Celtic name which was probably related to the Irish name MUIRGEL. The Normans brought it to England from Brittany. In the modern era it was popularized by a character from Dinah Craik's novel 'John Halifax, Gentleman' (1856).
MURIELLEfFrench
French variant of MURIEL.
MURNAfIrish
Anglicized form of MUIRNE.
MURPHYm & fIrish, English
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of MURCHADH".
MURRAYmScottish, English
From a surname, which is either Scottish or Irish in origin (see MURRAY (1) and MURRAY (2)).
MURRONfScottish
Scottish form of MUIRENN.
MURROUGHmIrish
Anglicized form of MURCHADH.
MURTADAmArabic
Means "chosen" in Arabic. This is an epithet of Ali, the fourth caliph.
MURTAGHmIrish
Anglicized form of MUIRCHERTACH or MUIREDACH.
MURTAZmGeorgian
Georgian form of MURTADA.
MURTAZAmUrdu, Arabic
Urdu form and Arabic variant transcription of MURTADA.
MURUGANmHinduism, Tamil
Possibly from a Dravidian word meaning "youth". This is the name of a Tamil war god identified with Skanda.
MUSAmArabic, Turkish, Persian
Arabic, Turkish and Persian form of MOSES.
MUS'ADmArabic
Means "lucky" in Arabic.
MUSCOWEQUANmNative American, Cree
Means "hard quill" in Cree. This was the name of a 19th-century Cree chief.
MUSTAFAmArabic, Turkish
Means "the chosen one" in Arabic, an epithet of Muhammad. This was the name of four Ottoman sultans. Another famous bearer was Mustafa Kemal (1881-1938), also known as Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.
MUSTAPHAmArabic
Variant transcription of MUSTAFA.
MU'TAMIDmArabic
Means "relying on, leaning on" in Arabic. Al-Mu'tamid was a 9th-century Abbasid caliph. This was also the name of an 11th-century Abbadid ruler of Seville, who was a patron of the arts and a poet.
MU'TASIMmArabic
Means "taking refuge in" in Arabic.
MUTHONIfEastern African, Kikuyu
Means "mother-in-law" in Kikuyu.
MWANAJUMAfEastern African, Swahili
Means "born on Friday" in Swahili.
MWANGImEastern African, Kikuyu
Means "rapid expansion" in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations. The Mwangi generation started around the beginning of the 20th century and lasted for about 30 years.
MWENYEmEastern African, Swahili
Means "owner, lord" in Swahili.
MYfSwedish
Swedish diminutive of MARIA.
MYEONGm & fKorean
From Sino-Korean (myeong) meaning "bright, light, clear" or other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. Although it does appear rarely as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character.
MYEONG-SUKfKorean
From Sino-Korean (myeong) meaning "bright, light, clear" combined with (suk) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming". Other hanja combinations are possible.
MYFfWelsh
Short form of MYFANWY.
MYFANWYfWelsh
Means "my woman" from the Welsh prefix my "my" combined with banw "woman".
MYGHALmCornish
Cornish form of MICHAEL.
MYKHAILmUkrainian
Ukrainian variant form of MICHAEL.
MYKHAILAfUkrainian
Ukrainian feminine form of MICHAEL.
MYKHAILOmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of MICHAEL.
MYKHAYLOmUkrainian
Variant transcription of MYKHAILO.
MYKOLAmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of NICHOLAS.
MYKOLASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of MICHAEL.
MYKYTAmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of NIKETAS.
MYLÈNEfFrench
Contraction of MARIE and HÉLÈNE. It can also be used as a French form of MILENA.
MYLES (2)mGreek Mythology
Probably from Greek μυλη (myle) meaning "mill". This was the name of a king of Laconia in Greek mythology.
MYRAfEnglish
Created by the 17th-century poet Fulke Greville. He possibly based it on Latin myrra meaning "myrrh" (a fragrant resin obtained from a tree). Otherwise, he may have simply rearranged the letters from the name MARY. Although unrelated etymologically, this is also the name of an ancient city of Anatolia.
MYRDDINmWelsh Mythology
Original Welsh form of MERLIN.
MYRIAMfFrench
French form of MIRIAM.
MYRNAfIrish
Anglicized form of MUIRNE.
MYRONmEnglish, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μυρον (myron) meaning "sweet oil, perfume". Myron was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek sculptor. Saints bearing this name include a 3rd-century bishop of Crete and a 4th-century martyr from Cyzicus who was killed by a mob. These saints are more widely revered in the Eastern Church, and the name has generally been more common among Eastern Christians. As an English name, it has been used since the 19th century.
MYRRINEfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek μυρρα (myrrha) meaning "myrrh".
MYRTHEfDutch
Dutch cognate of MYRTLE.
MYRTIEfEnglish
Diminutive of MYRTLE.
MYRTLEfEnglish
Simply from the English word myrtle for the evergreen shrub, ultimately from Greek μυρτος (myrtos). It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined.
MYRTOfGreek
Greek form of MYRTLE.
MYSIEfScottish
Variant of MAISIE.
MYUNGm & fKorean
Variant transcription of MYEONG.
MZIAfGeorgian
Derived from Georgian მზე (mze) "sun".