English Names

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LUANN   f   English
Either a combination of LOU and ANN or a variant of LUANA... [more]
LUANNA   f   English (Rare)
Either a combination of LOU and ANNA or a variant of LUANA.
LUANNE   f   English
Variant of LUANN.
LUCAS   m   English, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Biblical Latin
Latin form of Loukas (see LUKE).
LUCETTA   f   English
Diminutive of LUCIA. Shakespeare used this name for a character in his play 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594).
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... [more]
LUCIAN   m   Romanian, English
Romanian and English form of LUCIANUS. Lucian is the usual name of Lucianus of Samosata in English.
LUCILE   f   French, English
Variant of LUCILLE.
LUCILLE   f   French, English
French form of LUCILLA. A famous bearer was American comedienne Lucille Ball (1911-1989).
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).
LUCIUS   m   Ancient Roman, Biblical, English
Roman praenomen, or given name, which was derived from Latin lux "light". This was the most popular of the praenomina. Two Etruscan kings of early Rome had this name as well as several prominent later Romans, including Lucius Annaeus Seneca (known simply as Seneca), a statesman, philosopher, orator and tragedian... [more]
LUCKY   m   English
From a nickname given to a lucky person. It is also sometimes used as a diminutive of LUKE.
LUCY   f   English
English form of LUCIA, in use since the Middle Ages.
LUELLA   f   English
Variant of LOUELLA.
LUKE   m   English, Biblical
English form of the Greek name Λουκας (Loukas) which meant "from Lucania", Lucania being a region in southern Italy (of uncertain meaning)... [more]
LULA   f   English
Diminutive of LOUISE and names that begin with Lu.
LUTHER   m   English
From a German surname, itself from the Germanic given name LEUTHAR. The surname was borne by Martin Luther, a 16th-century monk and theologian, who started the Protestant Reformation by nailing his famous 95 theses to a church door... [more]
LUVENIA   f   English
Possibly a form of LAVINIA. It has been used in America since the 19th century.
LUVINIA   f   English
Variant of LUVENIA.
LYALL   m   English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname which was derived from the Old Norse given name Liulfr (which was derived in part from úlfr "wolf").
LYDA   f   English (Rare)
Perhaps a variant of LYDIA.
LYDIA   f   English, German, Finnish, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "from Lydia" in Greek. Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor. In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul... [more]
LYLA   f   English
Variant of LEILA.
LYLE   m   English
From an English surname which was derived from Norman French l'isle "island".
LYN   f   English
Variant of LYNN.
LYNDA   f   English
Variant of LINDA.
LYNDI   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LINDY.
LYNDON   m   English
From an English surname which was derived from a place name meaning "lime tree hill" in Old English. A famous bearer was American president Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973).
LYNDSAY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of LINDSAY.
LYNDSEA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LINDSAY.
LYNDSEY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of LINDSAY.
LYNETTE   f   English
Form of LUNED first 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 which was derived from Welsh llyn "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... [more]
LYNNA   f   English (Rare)
Elaborated form of LYNN.
LYNNE   f   English
Variant of LYNN.
LYNNETTE   f   English
Variant of LYNETTE.
LYNSAY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LINDSAY.
LYNSEY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of LINDSAY.
LYNTON   m   English (Rare)
Variant of LINTON.
LYNWOOD   m   English
Variant of LINWOOD.
LYRIC   f   English (Modern)
Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικος (lyrikos).
LYSETTE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LISETTE.
LYSSA   f   English
Short form of ALYSSA.
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... [more]
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.
MACEY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MACY.
MACI   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MACY.
MACIE   f   English
Variant of MACY.
MACK (1)   m   English
From a surname which was originally a shortened form of various Gaelic surnames beginning with Mac or Mc (from Gaelic mac meaning "son")... [more]
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... [more]
MACY   f   English
From an English surname which 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... [more]
MADALYN   f   English
Variant of MADELINE.
MADDIE   f   English
Diminutive of MADELINE or MADISON.
MADDISON   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MADISON.
MADDOX   m   English (Modern)
From a Welsh surname meaning "son of MADOC". It was brought to public attention when the actress Angelina Jolie gave this name to her adopted son in 2002.
MADDY   f   English
Diminutive of MADELINE or MADISON.
MADELAINE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MADELINE.
MADELEINE   f   French, English, Swedish
French form of MAGDALENE.
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.
MADELYN   f   English
Variant of MADELINE.
MADGE   f   English
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MADILYN   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MADELINE.
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... [more]
MADISYN   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MADISON.
MADLYN   f   English
Variant of MADELINE.
MADOLINE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MADELINE.
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.
MADYSON   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MADISON.
MAE   f   English
Variant of MAY. A famous bearer was American actress Mae West (1893-1980), whose birth name was Mary.
MAEGAN   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MEGAN.
MAEGHAN   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MEGAN.
MAGDALEN   f   English
Variant of MAGDALENE.
MAGDALENE   f   German, Danish, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From a title which meant "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... [more]
MAGGIE   f   English
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MAGNOLIA   f   English
From the English word magnolia for the flower, which was named for the French botanist Pierre Magnol.
MAHALA   f   English
Variant of MAHALAH or MAHALATH. It has occasionally been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.
MAHALIA   f   English
Variant of MAHALA.
MAITLAND   m   English (Rare)
From an English surname which was from a Norman French place name possibly meaning "inhospitable".
MAJOR   m   English
From a surname which was originally derived from the given name Mauger, an Old French form of the Germanic name Malger meaning "council spear". The name can also be given in reference to the English word major.
MAKAYLA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MICHAELA.
MAKENNA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MCKENNA.
MALACHI   m   Hebrew, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew מַלְאָכִי (Mal'akhiy) meaning "my messenger" or "my angel"... [more]
MALAKAI   m   English (Modern)
Variant of MALACHI.
MALANDRA   f   English (Rare)
Invented name, a prefixed form of ANDRA.
MALCOLM   m   Scottish, English
From Scottish Máel Coluim which means "disciple of Saint COLUMBA". This was the name of four kings of Scotland starting in the 10th century, including Malcolm III, who became king after killing Macbeth, the usurper who had murdered his father... [more]
MALCOM   m   English
Variant of MALCOLM.
MALEAH   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MALIA.
MALINDA   f   English
Variant of MELINDA.
MALLORY   f   English (Modern)
From an English surname which meant "unfortunate" in Norman French. It first became common in the 1980s due to the television comedy 'Family Ties', which featured a character by this name.
MALONE   m   English (Rare)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Maoil Eoin meaning "descendant of a disciple of Saint JOHN".
MALVINA   f   Scottish, English, Literature
Created by the poet James MacPherson in the 18th century for a character in his Ossian poems. He probably intended it to mean "smooth brow" in Gaelic.
MAMIE   f   English
Diminutive of MARY or MARGARET.
MANDI   f   English
Diminutive of AMANDA.
MANDY   f   English
Diminutive of AMANDA.
MANLEY   m   English
From an English surname, originally a place name, meaning "common clearing" in Old English.
MANNY   m   English
Short form of EMMANUEL.
MANSEL   m   English (Rare)
From an English surname which originally referred to a person who came from the French city of Le Mans.
MANUEL   m   Spanish, Portuguese, German, English, Italian, French, Romanian, Late Greek (Latinized)
Spanish and Portuguese form of EMMANUEL. In the spelling Μανουηλ (Manouel) it was also used in the Byzantine Empire, notably by two emperors... [more]
MARALYN   f   English
Variant of MARILYN.
MARCELYN   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MARCELINE.
MARCI   f   English
Diminutive of MARCIA.
MARCIA   f   English, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of MARCIUS. It was borne by a few very minor saints. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 18th century.
MARCIE   f   English
Diminutive of MARCIA.
MARCUS   m   Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Roman praenomen, or given name, which was probably derived from the name of the Roman god MARS. This was among the most popular of the Roman praenomina... [more]
MARCY   f   English
Diminutive of MARCIA.
MAREE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MARIE.
MARGARET   f   English
Derived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites) meaning "pearl", probably ultimately a borrowing from Sanskrit मञ्यरी (manyari)... [more]
MARGARETTA   f   English
Latinate form of MARGARET.
MARGE   f   English
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MARGERY   f   English
Medieval English form of MARGARET.
MARGIE   f   English
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MARGO   f   English
Variant of MARGOT.
MARIABELLA   f   English (Rare)
Combination of MARIA and BELLA.
MARIAH   f   English
Variant of MARIA. It is usually pronounced in a way that reflects an older English pronunciation of Maria. The name was popularized in the early 1990s by the American singer Mariah Carey (1970-).
MARIAN (1)   f   English
Variant of MARION (1). This name was borne in English legend by Maid Marian, Robin Hood's love... [more]
MARIANNA   f   Italian, English, Hungarian, Slovak, Polish, Greek
Combination of MARIA and ANNA. It has been confused with the Roman name MARIANA to the point that it is no longer easy to separate the two forms... [more]
MARIANNE   f   French, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Originally a French diminutive of MARIE. It is also considered a combination of MARIE and ANNE (1)... [more]
MARIE   f   French, Czech, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
French and Czech form of MARIA. A notable bearer of this name was Marie Antoinette, a queen of France who was executed by guillotine during the French Revolution... [more]
MARIEL   f   English
Diminutive of MARY influenced by MURIEL. In the case of actress Mariel Hemingway (1961-), the name is from the Cuban town of Mariel.
MARIGOLD   f   English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which comes from a combination of MARY and the English word gold.
MARILOU   f   French, English, Dutch
Combination of MARIA and LOUISE.
MARILYN   f   English
Combination of MARY and lyn. It has been used since the start of the 20th century. A famous bearer was the American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962).
MARILYNN   f   English
Variant of MARILYN.
MARINDA   f   English
Either a diminutive of MARY or a variant of MIRANDA.
MARION (1)   f   French, English
Medieval French diminutive of MARIE.
MARION (2)   m   English
From a French surname which was derived from MARION (1). This was the real name of American actor John Wayne (1907-1979), who was born Marion Robert Morrison.
MARIS   f   English (Rare)
Means "of the sea", taken from the Latin title of the Virgin Mary, Stella Maris, meaning "star of the sea".
MARISA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese combination of MARIA and LUISA.
MARISSA   f   English
Variant of MARISA.
MARJE   f   English
Diminutive of MARJORIE.
MARJORIE   f   English
Medieval variant of MARGERY, influenced by the name of the herb marjoram. After the Middle Ages this name was rare, but it was revived at the end of the 19th century.
MARJORY   f   English
Variant of MARJORIE.
MARK   m   English, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Biblical
Form of MARCUS. Saint Mark was the author of the second gospel in the New Testament. Though the author's identity is not certain, some traditions hold him to be the same person as the John Mark who appears in the Book of Acts... [more]
MARLA   f   English
Shortened form of MARLENE.
MARLEE   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MARLEY.
MARLEEN   f   Dutch, English
Dutch form and English variant of MARLENE.
MARLENA   f   English, Polish
Latinate form of MARLENE.
MARLENE   f   German, English
Blend of MARIA and MAGDALENE. It refers, therefore, to Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament... [more]
MARLEY   f   English (Modern)
From a surname which was taken from a place name meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the Jamaican musician Bob Marley (1945-1981).
MARLIN   m   English
Possibly a variant of MERLIN.
MARLON   m   English
Meaning unknown. This name was popularized by the American actor Marlon Brando (1924-2004), who was named after his father.
MARLOWE   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "remnants of a lake" in Old English.
MARLY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MARLEY.
MARLYN   f   English
Variant of MARILYN.
MARMADUKE   m   English (British, Rare)
Possibly derived from the Old Irish name MÁEL MÁEDÓC. This name has been traditionally used in the Yorkshire area of Britain.
MARNIE (1)   f   English
Variant of MARNA. This name was brought to public attention by Alfred Hitchcock's movie 'Marnie' (1964).
MARSHA   f   English
Variant of MARCIA.
MARSHAL   m   English
Variant of MARSHALL.
MARSHALL   m   English
From a surname which originally denoted a person who was a marshal. The word marshal originally derives from Germanic marah "horse" and scalc "servant".
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) "master"... [more]
MARTIE   m & f   English
Diminutive of MARTIN, MARTINA or MARTHA.
MARTIN   m   English, 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... [more]
MARTINA   f   German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Slovene, 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.
MARTY   m   English
Diminutive of MARTIN.
MARVA   f   English
Feminine form of MARVIN.
MARVIN   m   English, 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).
MARVYN   m   English (Rare)
Variant of MARVIN.
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... [more]
MARYANN   f   English
Combination of MARY and ANN.
MARYANNE   f   English
Combination of MARY and ANNE (1).
MARYBETH   f   English
Combination of MARY and BETH.
MARYLOU   f   English
Combination of MARY and LOU.
MARYLU   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MARYLOU.
MARYLYN   f   English
Variant of MARILYN.
MASON   m   English
From an English surname meaning "stoneworker", from an Old French word of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian "to make").
MASTERMAN   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which originally belonged to a person who worked as a servant.
MAT   m   English
Short form of MATTHEW.
MATHEW   m   English
Variant of MATTHEW.
MATILDA   f   English, Swedish, Finnish
From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle", from the elements maht "might, strength" and hild "battle"... [more]
MATT   m   English
Short 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"... [more]
MATTIE   f & m   English
Diminutive of MATILDA or MATTHEW.
MATTY (1)   m   English
Diminutive of MATTHEW.
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.
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.
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... [more]
MAURINE   f   English, Irish
Variant of MAUREEN.
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).
MAX   m   German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
Short form of MAXIMILIAN (or sometimes of MAXWELL in English).
MAXENE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MAXINE.
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... [more]
MAXIMILLIAN   m   English
Variant of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXINE   f   English
Feminine form of MAX. It has been commonly used only since the beginning of the 20th century.
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"... [more]
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 (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.
MAYBELLE   f   English
Variant of MABEL.
MAYBELLINE   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of MABEL.
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.
MAYSON   m   English (Rare)
Variant of MASON.
MCKAYLA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MICHAELA.
MCKENNA   f   English (Modern)
From the Gaelic surname Mac Cionaodha, which means "son of CIONAODH".
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).
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.
MEG   f   English
Medieval diminutive of MARGARET.
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.
MEGHAN   f   English
Variant of MEGAN.
MEL   m & f   English
Short form of MELVIN, MELANIE, MELISSA, and other names beginning with Mel.
MELANIE   f   English, German, Dutch
From Mélanie, the French form of the Latin name Melania, derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning "black, dark"... [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")... [more]
MELANY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MELANIE.
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.
MELESINA   f   English (Rare)
Perhaps a form of MILLICENT. It was borne by the Irish writer and socialite Melesina Trench (1768-1827).
MELICENT   f   English (Archaic)
Older form of MILLICENT.
MELINA   f   English, French, Greek
Elaboration of Mel, either from names such as MELISSA or from Greek μελι (meli) meaning "honey"... [more]
MELINDA   f   English
Combination of Mel (from names such as MELANIE or MELISSA) with the popular name suffix inda... [more]
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)... [more]
MELLONY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MELANIE.
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".
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.
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.
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... [more]
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".
MERIWETHER   m   English (Rare)
From a surname meaning "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person. A notable bearer of the name was Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809), who, with William Clark, explored the west of North America.
MERLA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MERLE.
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.
MERLIN   m   Arthurian Romance, English
Form of the Welsh name Myrddin (meaning "sea fortress") used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his 12th-century Arthurian tales. Writing in Latin, he likely chose the form Merlinus over Merdinus in order to prevent associations with French merde "excrement"... [more]
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".
MERRICK   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from the Welsh given name MEURIG.
MERRILL   m   English
From an English surname which was derived from the given name MURIEL.
MERRILYN   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MARILYN.
MERRITT   m   English
From an English surname, originally from a place name, which meant "boundary gate" in Old English.
MERRY (1)   f   English
From the English word merry, ultimately from Old English myrge. This name appears in Charles Dickens' novel 'Martin Chuzzlewit' (1844), where it is a diminutive of MERCY.
MERTON   m   English
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "town on a lake" in Old English.
MERV   m   English
Short form of MERVYN.
MERVIN   m   Welsh, English
Variant of MERVYN.
MERVYN   m   Welsh, English
From the Welsh name Merfyn, which possibly meant "marrow famous". This was the name of a 9th-century Welsh king, Merfyn Frych.
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.
MIA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English
Scandinavian, Dutch and German diminutive of MARIA. It coincides with the Italian word mia meaning "mine".
MICAH   m   Biblical, English
Contracted form of MICAIAH. Micah is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament. He authored the Book of Micah, which alternates between prophesies of doom and prophesies of restoration... [more]
MICHAEL   m   English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name מִיכָאֵל (Mikha'el) meaning "who is like God?"... [more]
MICHAELA   f   German, Swedish, English, Czech, Slovak
Feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICHAYLA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MICHAELA.
MICHEAL   m   English
Variant of MICHAEL.
MICHELE (2)   f   English
Variant of MICHELLE.
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.
MICHELYNE   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of MICHELLE.
MICK   m   English, Dutch
Short form of MICHAEL.
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... [more]
MICKY   m   English
Diminutive of MICHAEL.
MIDGE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MADGE.
MIKAYLA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of MICHAELA.
MIKE   m   English
Short form of MICHAEL.
MIKEY   m   English
Diminutive of MICHAEL.
MIKHAILA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of MICHAELA, possibly influenced by the spelling of Mikhail.
MIKKI   f   English
Strictly feminine variant of MICKEY.
MILBURN   m   English
From an English surname which was from a place name meaning "mill stream" in Old English.
MILDRED   f   English
From the Old English name Mildþryð meaning "gentle strength", derived from the elements milde "gentle" and þryð "strength"... [more]
MILES   m   English
From the Germanic name Milo, introduced by the Normans to England in the form Miles. The meaning is not known for certain. It is possibly connected to the Slavic name element milu meaning "gracious"... [more]
MILEY   f   English (Modern)
In the case of actress and singer Miley Cyrus (1992-), it is a shortened form of the nickname Smiley, given to her by her father because she often smiled... [more]
MILFORD   m   English
From an English surname which was originally derived from various place names all meaning "ford by a mill" in Old English.
MILLARD   m   English
From an occupational English surname which meant "guardian of the mill" in Old English.
MILLICENT   f   English
From the Germanic name Amalasuintha, composed of the elements amal "work, labour" and swinth "strong"... [more]
MILLIE   f   English
Diminutive of MILDRED, MILLICENT and other names containing the same sound.
MILLY   f   Swedish, Norwegian, English
Diminutive of EMILIE, MILDRED and other names containing the same sound.
MILO   m   English, Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of MILES, as well as the Latinized form. This form of the name was used in official documents during the Middle Ages, and it has been used independently since the 19th century.
MILTON   m   English
From an English surname which was from a place name meaning "mill town" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was John Milton (1608-1674), the poet who wrote 'Paradise Lost'.
MIMI   f   English, Italian
Diminutive of MARIA and other names beginning with M.
MINA (1)   f   English, Dutch, Limburgish
Short form of WILHELMINA and other names ending in mina. This was the name of a character in the novel 'Dracula' (1897) by Bram Stoker.
MINDY   f   English
Diminutive of MELINDA.
MINERVA   f   Roman Mythology, English
Possibly derived from Latin mens meaning "intellect", but more likely of Etruscan origin. Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom and war, approximately equivalent to the Greek goddess Athena... [more]
MINNIE   f   English
Diminutive of WILHELMINA.
MINTA   f   English (Rare)
Short form of ARAMINTA.
MINTY   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of ARAMINTA.
MIRABELLE   f   French (Rare), English (Rare)
Derived from Latin mirabilis "wonderful". This name was coined during the Middle Ages, though it eventually died out. It was briefly revived in the 19th century.
MIRACLE   f   English (Modern)
From the English word miracle for an extraordinary event, ultimately deriving from Latin miraculum "wonder, marvel".
MIRANDA   f   English, Dutch
Derived from Latin mirandus meaning "admirable, wonderful". The name was created by Shakespeare for the heroine in his play 'The Tempest' (1611), about a father and daughter stranded on an island... [more]
MIRIAM   f   Hebrew, English, German, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of MARY. It is used in the Old Testament, where it belongs to the elder sister of Moses and Aaron... [more]
MISSIE   f   English
Diminutive of MELISSA.
MISSY   f   English
Diminutive of MELISSA.
MISTI   f   English
Variant of MISTY.
MISTY   f   English
From the English word misty, ultimately derived from Old English. The jazz song 'Misty' (1954) by Erroll Garner may have helped popularize the name.


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