littleRainbow's Personal Name List

JUDLIN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Possibly a variant of Gutlin.

LACEY
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LAY-see
From a surname which was a variant of LACY.

LACY
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LAY-see
From a surname which was derived from Lassy, the name of a town in Normandy. The name of the town was Gaulish in origin, perhaps deriving from a personal name which was Latinized as Lascius.

LÆRKE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Danish
Means "lark" in Danish.

LAINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Estonian
Pronounced: LIE-ne
Means "wave" in Estonian.

LAINEY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: LAYN-ee
Variant of LANEY.

LALA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Bulgarian
Other Scripts: Лала (Bulgarian)
From a South Slavic word meaning "tulip". It is derived via Turkish from Persian لاله (laleh).

LALEH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Persian
Other Scripts: لاله (Persian)
Means "tulip" in Persian.

LANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Russian, Croatian, Serbian
Other Scripts: Лана (Russian, Serbian)
Pronounced: LAH-nə (English)
Short form of ALANA (English) or SVETLANA (Russian). In the English-speaking world, it was popularized by actress Lana Turner (1921-1995).

LANEY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LAYN-ee
Diminutive of ELAINE.

LANI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hawaiian
Means "sky, heaven, royal, majesty" in Hawaiian.

LAOISE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: LEE-sha
Possibly a newer form of LUIGSECH. It is also used as an Irish form of Louise.

LARISSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Portuguese (Brazilian), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Other Scripts: Λαρισα (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: lə-RIS-ə (English)
Variant of LARISA. It has been commonly used as an English given name only since the 20th century. In 1991 this name was given to one of the moons of Neptune, in honour of the mythological character.

LARK
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: LAHRK
From the English word for the type of songbird.

LATOYA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: African American
Pronounced: lə-TOI-ə
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TOYA.

LAURA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Late Roman
Pronounced: LAWR-ə (English), LOW-ra (Spanish, Italian, Polish, German), LOW-rah (Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch), LAW-oo-raw (Hungarian)
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Laurus, which meant "laurel". This meaning was favourable, since in ancient Rome the leaves of laurel trees were used to create victors' garlands. The name was borne by the 9th-century Spanish martyr Saint Laura, who was a nun thrown into a vat of molten lead by the Moors. It was also the name of the subject of poems by the 14th-century Italian poet Petrarch.

As an English name, Laura has been used since the 13th century. Famous bearers include Laura Secord (1775-1868), a Canadian heroine during the War of 1812, and Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), an American author who wrote the 'Little House on the Prairie' series of novels.

LAURE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: LAWR
French form of LAURA.

LAUREN
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LAWR-ən
Variant or feminine form of LAURENCE (1). Originally a masculine name, it was first popularized as a feminine name by actress Betty Jean Perske (1924-), who used Lauren Bacall as her stage name.

LAURENTIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).

LAYLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic, English
Other Scripts: ليلى (Arabic)
Pronounced: LAY-lə (English)
Means "night" in Arabic. This was the name of the object of romantic poems written by the 7th-century poet known as Qays. The story of Qays and Layla became a popular romance in medieval Arabia and Persia. The name became used in the English-speaking world after the 1970 release of the song 'Layla' by Derek and the Dominos, the title of which was inspired by the medieval story.

LEA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Croatian
Pronounced: LE-a (German), LE-ah (Finnish)
Form of LEAH.

LEAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: לֵאָה (Hebrew)
Pronounced: LEE-ə (English)
From the Hebrew name לֵאָה (Le'ah) which was probably derived from the Hebrew word לְאָה (le'ah) meaning "weary". Alternatively it might derive from a Chaldean name meaning "mistress" or "ruler" in Akkadian. In the Old Testament Leah is the first wife of Jacob and the mother of seven of his children. Jacob's other wife was Leah's sister Rachel. Although this name was used by Jews in the Middle Ages, it was not typical as an English Christian name until after the Protestant Reformation, being common among the Puritans.

LEIGH
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LEE
From a surname which was a variant of LEE.

LEILA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic, Persian, English, Georgian
Other Scripts: ليلى (Arabic), لیلا (Persian), ლეილა (Georgian)
Pronounced: LAY-lə (English), LEE-lə (English), LIE-lə (English)
Variant of LAYLA. This spelling was used by Lord Byron for characters in 'The Giaour' (1813) and 'Don Juan' (1819), and it is through him that the name was introduced to the English-speaking world.

LEILANI
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Hawaiian
Pronounced: lay-LAH-nee
Means "heavenly flowers" or "royal child" from Hawaiian lei "flowers, lei, child" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".

LELIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian
Italian form of LAELIA.

LENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Greek
Other Scripts: Лена (Russian), Λενα (Greek)
Pronounced: LE-na (German, Polish, Italian), LYE-nə (Russian), LEE-nə (English)
Short form of names ending in lena, such as HELENA, MAGDALENA or YELENA.

LENE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Danish, Norwegian
Pronounced: LE-nə (German), LE-ne (Danish, Norwegian)
German, Danish and Norwegian short form of HELENE or MAGDALENE.

LENI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: LE-nee
German diminutive of HELENE or MAGDALENA.

LEOCADIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Late Roman
Late Latin name which might be derived from the name of the Greek island of Leucadia or from Greek λευκος (leukos) meaning "bright, clear, white" (which is also the root of the island's name). Saint Leocadia was a 3rd-century martyr from Spain.

LEONE (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Variant of LEONA.

LEONIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Dutch
Pronounced: LE-o-nee (German), lay-o-NEE (Dutch)
German and Dutch feminine form of LEONIUS.

LEONOR
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Portuguese
Pronounced: le-o-NOR (Spanish)
Spanish and Portuguese form of ELEANOR. It was brought to Spain in the 12th-century by Eleanor of England, who married king Alfonso VIII of Castile.

LEONORE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: le-o-NO-rə
German short form of ELEANOR.

LEYLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, English (Modern)
Other Scripts: ليلى (Arabic), لیلا (Persian)
Variant of LEILA.

LIBERTY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LIB-ər-tee
Simply from the English word liberty, derived from Latin libertas, a derivative of liber "free". Interestingly, since 1880 this name has charted on the American popularity lists in three different periods: in 1918 (at the end of World War I), in 1976 (the American bicentennial), and after 2001 (during the War on Terrorism).

LIEKE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch
Pronounced: LEE-kə
Dutch diminutive of ANGELIQUE or names ending in lia.

LIEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch
Pronounced: LEEN
Short form of CAROLIEN and other names ending in lien.

LIES
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Dutch
Pronounced: LEES
German and Dutch diminutive of ELISABETH.

LIESBETH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch
Pronounced: LEES-bət
Dutch variant of ELISABETH.

LIESE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Dutch
Pronounced: LEE-zə (German), LEE-sə (Dutch)
German and Dutch diminutive of ELISABETH.

LIESEL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: LEE-zəl
German diminutive of ELISABETH.

LIESELOTTE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: LEE-ze-law-tə
Variant of LISELOTTE.

LIESL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: LEE-zəl
German short form of ELISABETH.

LILA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Hindi
Other Scripts: लीला (Hindi)
Means "play, amusement" in Sanskrit.

LILACH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: לִילָךּ (Hebrew)
Means "lilac" in Hebrew.

LILI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, French, Hungarian
Pronounced: LI-lee (German), LEE-LEE (French)
German, French and Hungarian diminutive of ELISABETH, also sometimes connected to the German word lilie meaning "lily". In Hungarian, it can also be diminutive of KAROLINA or JÚLIA.

LILIAN
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: LIL-ee-ən (English), LEE-LYAHN (French)
English variant of LILLIAN, as well as a French masculine form.

LILIANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, English
Pronounced: lee-LYA-na (Italian, Polish), lil-ee-AN-ə (English)
Latinate form of LILLIAN.

LILIBETH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.

LILITH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Near Eastern Mythology, Judeo-Christian Legend
Pronounced: LIL-ith (English)
Derived from Akkadian lilitu meaning "of the night". This was the name of a demon in ancient Assyrian myths. In Jewish tradition she was Adam's first wife, sent out of Eden and replaced by Eve because she would not submit to him. The offspring of Adam (or Samael) and Lilith were the evil spirits of the world.

LILLI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Finnish
Pronounced: LI-lee (German), LEEL-lee (Finnish)
German variant of LILI and a Finnish variant of LILJA.

LILLIAN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LIL-ee-ən
Probably originally a diminutive of ELIZABETH. It may also be considered an elaborated form of LILY, from the Latin word for "lily" lilium. This name has been used in England since the 16th century.

LILO
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: LEE-lo
Short form of LISELOTTE.

LILOU
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: LEE-LOO
Either a diminutive of French names containing the sound lee or a combination of LILI and LOUISE.

LILY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LIL-ee
From the name of the flower, a symbol of purity. The word is ultimately derived from Latin lilium.

LINA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian, Spanish, Lithuanian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Pronounced: LEE-na (Spanish)
Short form of names ending in lina.

LING
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Chinese
Other Scripts: 灵, 铃, etc. (Chinese)
From Chinese (líng) meaning "spirit, soul", (líng) meaning "bell, chime", or other Chinese characters which are pronounced similarly.

LINN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian
Pronounced: LIN
Short form of LINNÉA and other names containing the same sound.

LINNET
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: li-NET, LIN-ət
Either a variant of LYNETTE or else from the name of the small bird, a type of finch.

LIOR
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: לִיאוֹר (Hebrew)
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.

LISA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian
Pronounced: LEE-sə (English), LEE-za (German), LEE-sah (Dutch)
Short form of ELIZABETH, ELISABETH, ELISABET or ELISABETTA. This is the name of the subject of one of the world's most famous paintings, the 'Mona Lisa', the portrait of Lisa del Giocondo by Leonardo da Vinci.

LISBETH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: LEES-bet
German short form of ELISABETH.

LISE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
Pronounced: LEEZ (French, English), LEE-se (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish), LEES (English)
Short form of ELISABETH or ELIZABETH.

LISELOTTE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Danish, Swedish, Dutch, German
Pronounced: LEE-ze-law-tə (German)
Contraction of LISE and CHARLOTTE.

LIV (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Pronounced: LEEV
Derived from the Old Norse name Hlíf meaning "protection". Its use has been influenced by the modern Scandinavian word liv meaning "life".

LIVNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: לִבְנָה (Hebrew)
Means "white" in Hebrew.

LIZ
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LIZ
Short form of ELIZABETH. This is the familiar name of actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932-).

LIZA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Russian
Other Scripts: Лиза (Russian)
Pronounced: LIE-zə (English), LEE-zə (English)
Short form of ELIZABETH or YELIZAVETA.

LOES
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch
Pronounced: LOOS
Feminine diminutive of LODEWIJK.

LOIS (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: Λωις (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: LO-is (English)
Possibly derived from Greek λωιων (loion) meaning "more desirable" or "better". Lois is mentioned in the New Testament as the mother of Eunice and the grandmother of Timothy. As an English name, it came into use after the Protestant Reformation. In fiction, this is the name of the girlfriend of the comic book hero Superman.

LOLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, English
Pronounced: LO-la (Spanish), LO-lə (English)
Diminutive of DOLORES.

LONDON
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: LUN-dən
From the name of the capital city of the United Kingdom, the meaning of which is uncertain. As a surname it was borne by the American author Jack London (1876-1916).

LOREDANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Romanian
Used by the French author George Sand for a character in her novel 'Mattea' (1833) and later by the Italian author Luciano Zuccoli in his novel 'L'amore de Loredana' (1908). It was possibly based on the Venetian surname Loredan, which was derived from the place name Loreo.

LORELEI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Germanic Mythology
Pronounced: LAWR-ə-lie (English)
From a Germanic name meaning "luring rock". This is the name of a rock headland on the Rhine River. Legends say that a maiden named the Lorelei lives on the rock and lures fishermen to their death with her song.

LORENZA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish
Pronounced: lo-REN-tsa (Italian), lo-REN-tha (European Spanish), lo-REN-sa (Latin American Spanish)
Italian and Spanish feminine form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).

LORETTA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian
Pronounced: lə-RET-ə (English), lo-RET-ta (Italian)
Either an elaboration of LORA or a variant of LAURETTA. It is also sometimes used as a variant of LORETO.

LORRAINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: lə-RAYN
From the name of a region in France, originally meaning "kingdom of LOTHAR". Lothar was a Frankish king, the great-grandson of Charlemagne, whose realm was in the part of France that is now called Lorraine, or in German Lothringen (from Latin Lothari regnum). As a given name, it has been used in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century, perhaps due to its similar sound with Laura. It became popular after World War I when the region was in the news, as it was contested between Germany and France.

LOTTA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Finnish
Pronounced: LOT-tah (Finnish)
Short form of CHARLOTTA.

LOTTE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, German
Pronounced: LAW-tə (German)
Short form of CHARLOTTE or LISELOTTE.

LOTTIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Swedish
Pronounced: LAHT-ee (English)
Diminutive of CHARLOTTE or LISELOTTE.

LOU
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: LOO
Short form of LOUISE or LOUIS. Famous bearers include the baseball player Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) and the musician Lou Reed (1942-2013).

LOUELLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: loo-EL-ə
Combination of LOU and the popular name suffix ella.

LOUISA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Dutch
Pronounced: loo-EEZ-ə (English), loo-EES-ə (English), loo-EE-za (German)
Latinate feminine form of LOUIS. A famous bearer was the American novelist Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), the author of 'Little Women'.

LOUISE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, German
Pronounced: LWEEZ (French), loo-EEZ (English), loo-EE-se (Danish), loo-EE-zə (German)
French feminine form of LOUIS.

LOUISETTE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: LWEE-ZET
Diminutive of LOUISE.

LOUIZA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Greek
Other Scripts: Λουιζα (Greek)
Greek feminine form of LOUIS.

LOURDES
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: LOR-dhes (Spanish), LOORD (French), LOORDZ (English)
From the name of a French town. It became a popular center of pilgrimage after a young girl from the town had visions of the Virgin Mary in a nearby grotto.

LOVISA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish
Pronounced: loo-VEE-sah
Swedish feminine form of LOUIS.

LUANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian, Portuguese
Pronounced: loo-AN-ə (English), LWA-na (Italian)
From the movie 'Bird of Paradise' (1932), in which it was borne by the main character, a Polynesian girl. The movie was based on a 1912 play of the same name set in Hawaii.

LUANNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: loo-AN-ə
Either a combination of LOU and ANNA or a variant of LUANA.

LUANNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: loo-AN
Variant of LUANN.

LUCA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hungarian, Croatian
Pronounced: LOO-tsa (Croatian)
Hungarian and Croatian form of LUCIA.

LUCASTA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Literature
This name was first used by the poet Richard Lovelace for a collection of poems called 'Lucasta' (1649). The poems were dedicated to Lucasta, a nickname for the woman he loved Lucy Sacheverel, who he called lux casta "pure light".

LUCE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, French
Pronounced: LOO-che (Italian), LUYS (French)
Italian and French variant of LUCIA. This also means "light" in Italian.

LUCÍA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: loo-THEE-ah (European Spanish), loo-SEE-a (Latin American Spanish)
Spanish form of LUCIA.

LUCIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovak, Ancient Roman
Pronounced: loo-CHEE-a (Italian), loo-TSEE-a (German), LOO-tsya (German), LOO-shə (English), loo-SEE-ə (English), LOO-chya (Romanian), LOO-kee-a (Classical Latin)
Feminine form of LUCIUS. Saint Lucia was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse. She was said to have had her eyes gouged out, and thus she is the patron saint of the blind. She was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). It has been used in the England since the 12th century, usually in the spellings Lucy or Luce.

LUCIANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Ancient Roman
Pronounced: loo-CHA-na (Italian), loo-THYA-na (European Spanish), loo-SYA-na (Latin American Spanish)
Feminine form of LUCIANUS.

LUCIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, Czech
Pronounced: LUY-SEE (French), loo-TSI-ye (Czech)
French and Czech form of LUCIA.

LUCIENNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: LUY-SYEN
Feminine form of LUCIEN.

LUCILLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English
Pronounced: LUY-SEEL (French), loo-SEEL (English)
French form of LUCILLA. A famous bearer was American comedienne Lucille Ball (1911-1989).

LUCINA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Roman Mythology
Pronounced: loo-SEEN-ə (English)
Derived from Latin lucus meaning "grove", but later associated with lux "light". This was the name of a Roman goddess of childbirth.

LUCY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LOO-see
English form of LUCIA, in use since the Middle Ages.

LUDOVICA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian
Pronounced: loo-do-VEE-ka
Latinate feminine form of LUDWIG.

LUELLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: loo-EL-ə
Variant of LOUELLA.

LUÍSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Portuguese
Pronounced: loo-EE-zə
Feminine form of LUÍS.

LUISA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Italian
Pronounced: LWEE-sa (Spanish), LWEE-za (Italian)
Feminine form of LUIS.

LUISE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: loo-EE-zə
German form of LOUISE.

LUIZA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian
Pronounced: loo-EE-za (Polish)
Polish, Portuguese and Romanian feminine form of LOUIS.

LUJAYN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: لجين (Arabic)
Means "silver" in Arabic.

LULA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LOO-lə
Diminutive of LOUISE and names that begin with Lu.

LULE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Albanian
Means "flower" in Albanian.

LULU (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: LOO-loo
Diminutive of names that begin with Lu, especially LUISE.

LUMI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Finnish
Pronounced: LOO-mee
Means "snow" in Finnish.

LUNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Roman Mythology, Italian, Spanish, English
Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.

LUNED
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Welsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Pronounced: LIN-ed (Welsh)
Variant of ELUNED. In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she is a servant of the Lady of the Fountain who rescues the knight Owain.

LUPE
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: LOO-pe
Short form of GUADALUPE.

LUTGARDIS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Germanic name LUITGARD.

LUULE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Estonian
Means "poetry" in Estonian.

LUUS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch, Limburgish
Pronounced: LUYS
Dutch and Limburgish form of LUCIA.

LUZ
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: LOOTH (European Spanish), LOOS (Latin American Spanish)
Means "light" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Luz, meaning "Our Lady of Light".

LUZIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Portuguese, German
Portuguese and German form of LUCIA.

LYDIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, German, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: Λυδια (Ancient Greek), Лѷдіа (Church Slavic)
Pronounced: LID-ee-ə (English), LUY-dya (German)
Means "from Lydia" in Greek. Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor, said to be named for the legendary king LYDOS. In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. In the modern era the name has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.

LYKKE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Danish
Means "good fortune, happiness" in Danish.

LYNN
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: LIN
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. In some cases it may be thought of as a short form of LINDA or names that end in lyn or line.

LYRIC
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: LIR-ik
Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικος (lyrikos).

MAAYAN
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: מַעֲיָן (Hebrew)
Means "spring of water" in Hebrew.

MABEL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAY-bəl
Medieval feminine form of AMABILIS. This spelling and Amabel were common during the Middle Ages, though they became rare after the 15th century. It was revived in the 19th century after the publication of C. M. Yonge's novel 'The Heir of Redclyffe' (1854), which featured a character named Mabel (as well as one named Amabel).

MACKENZIE
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: mə-KEN-zee
From the Gaelic surname Mac Coinnich, which means "son of COINNEACH". A famous bearer of the surname was William Lyon MacKenzie (1795-1861), a Canadian journalist and political rebel. As a feminine given name, it was popularized by the American actress Mackenzie Phillips (1959-).

MACY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAY-see
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. This is the name of a chain of American department stores founded by Rowland Hussey Macy (1822-1877).

MÄDCHEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Various
Means "girl" in German. It is not used as a name in Germany itself.

MADELEINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English, Swedish
Pronounced: MAD-LEN (French), MAD-ə-lin (English), MAD-ə-lien (English), mahd-e-LEN (Swedish)
French form of MAGDALENE.

MADELINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: MAD-ə-lin (English), MAD-ə-lien (English), MAD-LEEN (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.

MADISON
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAD-ə-sən
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. A famous bearer of the surname was James Madison (1751-1836), one of the authors of the American constitution who later served as president.

MADONNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: mə-DAHN-ə
From a title of the Virgin Mary meaning "my lady" in Italian. A famous bearer of the name is American singer Madonna Ciccone (1958-), known simply as Madonna.

MAE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAY
Variant of MAY. A famous bearer was American actress Mae West (1893-1980), whose birth name was Mary.

MAËLYS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MA-E-LEES
Feminine form of MAËL, possibly influenced by the spelling of MAILYS.

MAEVA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Tahitian, French
Pronounced: MA-E-VA (French)
Means "welcome" in Tahitian. It gained popularity in France during the 1980s.

MAFALDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Portuguese
Pronounced: ma-FAL-da (Italian), mə-FAL-də (Portuguese)
Italian and Portuguese form of MATILDA.

MAGALI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, Occitan
Pronounced: MA-GA-LEE (French)
Occitan form of MAGDALENE.

MAGALIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MA-GA-LEE
Variant of MAGALI.

MAGDALENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Polish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Occitan, Slovene, Czech, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian, Romanian, English
Other Scripts: Магдалена (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian)
Pronounced: mag-da-LE-na (Polish), mak-da-LE-na (German), mag-da-LAY-na (English)
Latinate form of MAGDALENE.

MAHALIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Variant of MAHALA.

MAI (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (mai) meaning "plum, apricot".

MAIA (3)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Basque
Basque form of MARIA.

MAIALEN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Basque
Basque form of MAGDALENE.

MAIARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Native American, Tupi
Means "great grandmother, wise" in Tupi.

MAIMU
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Estonian
Pronounced: MIE-moo
Means "little" in Estonian.

MAISIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Scottish
Pronounced: MAY-zee
Diminutive of MAIREAD.

MAITE (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Basque
Means "lovable" in Basque.

MAJA (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish
Other Scripts: Маја (Serbian)
Pronounced: MA-ya (German, Polish)
Form of MAIA (1).

MAKENNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: mə-KEN-ə
Variant of MCKENNA.

MALAI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Thai
Other Scripts: มาลัย (Thai)
Means "garland of flowers" in Thai.

MALAIKA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: ملائكة (Arabic)
Pronounced: ma-LIE-ka
Means "angels" from the plural of Arabic ملك (malak).

MALI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Thai
Other Scripts: มาลี (Thai)
Means "flower" in Thai.

MALIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hawaiian
Either a Hawaiian form of MARIA or a variant of MALIE.

MALIN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian
Pronounced: MAH-lin
Swedish and Norwegian short form of MAGDALENE.

MALINA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Bulgarian, Serbian, Polish
Other Scripts: Малина (Bulgarian, Serbian)
Pronounced: ma-LYEE-na (Polish)
Means "raspberry" in several Slavic languages.

MALINI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Hindi
Other Scripts: मालिनी (Hindi)
Means "fragrant" in Sanskrit.

MALKA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: מַלְכָּה (Hebrew)
Means "queen" in Hebrew.

MAMIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAY-mee
Diminutive of MARY or MARGARET.

MANAMI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Japanese
Other Scripts: 愛美, 愛海, etc. (Japanese Kanji)
Pronounced: MA-NA-MEE
From Japanese (mana) meaning "love, affection" combined with (mi) meaning "beautiful" or (mi) meaning "sea, ocean". Other kanji combinations are possible.

MANDY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAN-dee
Diminutive of AMANDA.

MANJULA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam
Other Scripts: मंजुला, मञ्जुला (Hindi), మంజుల (Telugu), മഞ്ജുള (Malayalam)
Means "pleasing, beautiful" in Sanskrit.

MARCELLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, German, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of MARCELLUS.

MARCIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Pronounced: MAHR-shə (English), MAHR-see-ə (English), MAR-thya (European Spanish), MAR-sya (Latin American Spanish)
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.

MARCY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAHR-see
Diminutive of MARCIA.

MAREN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Danish, Norwegian
Pronounced: MAH-ren (Danish)
Danish form of MARINA.

MARGALIT
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: מַרְגָלִית (Hebrew)
Means "pearl" in Hebrew, ultimately from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites).

MARGARET
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAHR-grit, MAHR-gə-rit
Derived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites) meaning "pearl", probably ultimately a borrowing from Sanskrit मञ्यरी (manyari). Saint Margaret, the patron of expectant mothers, was martyred at Antioch in the 4th century. Later legends told of her escape from a dragon, with which she was often depicted in medieval art. The saint was popular during the Middle Ages, and her name has been widely used in the Christian world.

Other saints by this name include a queen of Scotland and a princess of Hungary. It was also borne by Queen Margaret I of Denmark, who united Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in the 14th century. Famous literary bearers include American writer Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949), the author of 'Gone with the Wind', and Canadian writer Margaret Atwood (1939-).

MARGARETHA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch, German
Pronounced: mar-ga-RE-ta (German)
Dutch and German form of MARGARET.

MARGARETHE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Danish
Pronounced: mar-ga-RE-tə (German)
German and Danish form of MARGARET.

MARGERY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAHR-jə-ree
Medieval English form of MARGARET.

MARIA
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Sardinian, Basque, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Other Scripts: Μαρια (Greek), Мария (Russian, Bulgarian), Марія (Ukrainian), Маріа (Church Slavic)
Pronounced: ma-REE-a (Italian, German, Dutch, Greek), mu-REE-u (European Portuguese), ma-REE-u (Brazilian Portuguese), mə-REE-ə (Catalan, English), mah-REE-ah (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish), MAR-ya (Polish), MAH-ree-ah (Finnish), mu-RYEE-yə (Russian), mu-RYEE-yu (Ukrainian)
Latin form of Greek Μαρια, from Hebrew מִרְיָם (see MARY). Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary). In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.

This was the name of two ruling queens of Portugal. It was also borne by the Habsburg queen Maria Theresa (1717-1780), whose inheritance of the domains of her father, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, began the War of the Austrian Succession.

MARIAM
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical Greek, Georgian, Armenian, Arabic
Other Scripts: Μαριαμ (Ancient Greek), მარიამ (Georgian), Մարիամ (Armenian), مريم (Arabic)
Form of MARIA used in the Greek Old Testament, as well as the Georgian and Armenian form. It is also a variant transcription of Arabic MARYAM.

MARIANNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, English, Hungarian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Greek
Other Scripts: Μαριαννα (Greek)
Pronounced: mer-ee-AN-ə (English), mar-ee-AN-ə (English), MA-ree-a-na (Slovak), ma-RYAN-na (Polish), MAH-ree-ahn-nah (Finnish)
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. It is sometimes also used as a Latinized form of MARIAMNE.

MARICRUZ
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Contraction of MARÍA and CRUZ.

MARIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, Czech, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Pronounced: MA-REE (French), MA-ri-ye (Czech), ma-REE (German), mə-REE (English)
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. Another was Marie Curie (1867-1934), a physicist and chemist who studied radioactivity with her husband Pierre.

MARIETTA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Greek, Hungarian
Other Scripts: Μαριεττα (Greek)
Italian, Greek and Hungarian diminutive of MARIA.

MARIGOLD
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: MER-i-gold, MAR-i-gold
From the name of the flower, which comes from a combination of MARY and the English word gold.

MARIKA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Finnish, Estonian, Georgian
Other Scripts: Μαρικα (Greek), მარიკა (Georgian)
Pronounced: ma-RYEE-ka (Polish), MAW-ree-kaw (Hungarian), MAH-ree-kah (Finnish)
Diminutive of MARIA or other names beginning with Mari.

MARIKE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch
Pronounced: MAH-ree-kə
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.

MARILOU
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English, Dutch
Pronounced: mer-i-LOO (English), mar-i-LOO (English)
Combination of MARIA and LOUISE.

MARILYN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MER-ə-lin, MER-lin, MAR-ə-lin, MAR-lin
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).

MARISA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English
Pronounced: ma-REE-za (Italian), ma-REE-sa (Spanish), mə-RIS-ə (English)
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese combination of MARIA and LUISA.

MARISOL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: mar-ee-SOL
Combination of MARÍA and SOL (1) or SOLEDAD. It also resembles Spanish mar y sol "sea and sun".

MARISSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: mə-RIS-ə
Variant of MARISA.

MARIT
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian form of MARGARET.

MARJANI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Eastern African, Swahili
Means "coral" in Swahili, originally a borrowing from Arabic.

MARJORIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAHR-jə-ree
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.

MARLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAHR-lə
Shortened form of MARLENE.

MARLENE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, English
Pronounced: mar-LE-nə (German), MAHR-leen (English)
Blend of MARIA and MAGDALENE. It refers, therefore, to Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament. The name was popularized by the German actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), whose real name was Maria Magdalene Dietrich.

MARLEY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: MAHR-lee
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).

MARLOES
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch
Pronounced: mahr-LOOS
Combination of MARIA and LOES.

MARNI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Variant of MARNIE.

MARNIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAHR-nee
Possibly a diminutive of MARINA. This name was brought to public attention by Alfred Hitchcock's movie 'Marnie' (1964), itself based on a 1961 novel by Winston Graham.

MARSAILI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Scottish
Pronounced: MAR-si-li
Scottish form of both MARJORIE and MARCELLA.

MÄRTA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish
Swedish short form of MARGARETA.

MARTA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Polish, Czech, Slovak, German, Dutch, Romanian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Russian, Swedish, Icelandic, Latvian, Georgian
Other Scripts: Марта (Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian, Russian), მართა (Georgian)
Pronounced: MAR-ta (Spanish, Italian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, German), MAR-tu (Portuguese), MAR-tə (Catalan)
Cognate of MARTHA.

MARTE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Norwegian
Norwegian variant of MARTHA.

MARTHA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Other Scripts: Μαρθα (Greek), Марѳа (Church Slavic)
Pronounced: MAHR-thə (English), MAR-ta (German)
From Aramaic מַרְתָּא (marta') meaning "the lady, the mistress", feminine form of מַר (mar) "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.

The name was not used in England until after the Protestant Reformation. A notable bearer was Martha Washington (1731-1802), the wife of the first American president George Washington. It is also borne by the media personality Martha Stewart (1941-).

MARTHE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, Norwegian
Pronounced: MART (French)
French and Norwegian form of MARTHA.

MARVA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAHR-və
Feminine form of MARVIN.

MARY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Biblical
Pronounced: MER-ee (English), MAR-ee (English)
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".

This is the name of several New Testament characters, most importantly Mary the mother of Jesus. According to the gospels, Jesus was conceived in her by the Holy Spirit while she remained a virgin. This name was also borne by Mary Magdalene, a woman cured of demons by Jesus. She became one of his followers and later witnessed his crucifixion and resurrection.

Due to the Virgin Mary this name has been very popular in the Christian world, though at certain times in some cultures it has been considered too holy for everyday use. In England it has been used since the 12th century, and it has been among the most common feminine names since the 16th century. The Latinized form Maria is also used in English as well as in several other languages.

This name has been borne by two queens of England, as well as a Queen of Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots. Another notable bearer was Mary Shelley (1797-1851), the author of 'Frankenstein'. A famous fictional character by this name is Mary Poppins from the children's books by P. L. Travers, first published in 1934.

MARYAM
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic, Persian
Other Scripts: مريم (Arabic), مریم (Persian)
Pronounced: MAR-yam (Arabic)
Arabic and Persian form of Miryam (see MARY). In Iran it is also the name of a flower, the tuberose, which is named after the Virgin Mary.

MARYLOU
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: mer-ee-LOO, mar-ee-LOO
Combination of MARY and LOU.

MATHILDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Swedish, Ancient Germanic
Pronounced: mə-TIL-də (English, Swedish)
Variant of MATILDA.

MATHILDE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish
Pronounced: MA-TEELD (French), ma-TIL-də (German), ma:-TIL-də (Dutch)
Cognate of MATILDA.

MATILDA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Swedish, Finnish
Pronounced: mə-TIL-də (English), MAH-teel-dah (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.

The name was popular until the 15th century in England, usually in the vernacular form Maud. Both forms were revived by the 19th century. This name appears in the popular Australian folk song 'Waltzing Matilda', written in 1895.

MATILDE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Pronounced: ma-TEEL-de (Spanish, Italian), mu-TEEL-di (European Portuguese), ma-CHEEW-jee (Brazilian Portuguese)
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of MATILDA.

MAVIS
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAY-vis
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).

MÁXIMA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish
Pronounced: MAK-see-ma
Spanish feminine form of MAXIMUS.

MAXIMILIANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Roman
Feminine form of MAXIMILIANUS.

MAXIMILIENNE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French (Rare)
Pronounced: MAK-SEE-MEE-LYEN
French feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.

MAXINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: mak-SEEN
Feminine form of MAX. It has been commonly used only since the beginning of the 20th century.

MAY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAY
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 (3)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew
Other Scripts: מַיָּה (Hebrew)
Derived from Hebrew מַיִם (mayim) "water".

MAYBELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Variant of MABEL.

MBALI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Southern African, Zulu
Means "flower" in Zulu.

MCKENNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: mə-KEN-ə
From the Gaelic surname Mac Cionaodha, which means "son of CIONAODH".

MCKENZIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: mə-KEN-zee
Variant of MACKENZIE.

MEADOW
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: MED-o
From the English word meadow, ultimately from Old English mædwe.

MECHTHILD
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: MEKHT-hilt
German variant of MATHILDE.

MELBA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MEL-bə
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.

MELE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hawaiian
Means "song" in Hawaiian. This name is also used as a Hawaiian and Samoan form of MARY.

MELITTA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Ancient Greek, German
Other Scripts: Μελιττα (Ancient Greek)
Pronounced: me-LI-ta (German)
Ancient Attic Greek variant of MELISSA.

MELODY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MEL-ə-dee
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".

MERCY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MUR-see
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
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Welsh, English
Pronounced: MER-ə-dith (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).

MERYEM
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Turkish, Uyghur
Other Scripts: مەريەم (Uyghur)
Turkish and Uyghur form of Miriam (see MARY).

METTE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Danish, Norwegian
Pronounced: ME-de (Danish)
Danish diminutive of MARGARET.

MIA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English
Pronounced: MEE-ah (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch), MEE-a (German), MEE-ə (English)
Scandinavian, Dutch and German diminutive of MARIA. It coincides with the Italian word mia meaning "mine".

MICAELA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of MICHAEL.

MICHAELA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Swedish, English, Czech, Slovak
Pronounced: mi-kha-E-la (German), mi-KAY-lə (English)
Feminine form of MICHAEL.

MICHAL (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical, Hebrew
Other Scripts: מִיכַל (Hebrew)
Possibly means "brook" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she is 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.

MICHELINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French
Pronounced: MEESH-LEEN
French feminine diminutive of MICHEL.

MICHELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English, Dutch
Pronounced: MEE-SHEL (French), mi-SHEL (English)
French feminine form of MICHEL. It has been common in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century.

MIEKE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch
Pronounced: MEE-kə
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.

MIKA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Japanese
Other Scripts: 美香, 美加, etc. (Japanese Kanji)
Pronounced: MEE-KA
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" combined with (ka) meaning "fragrance" or (ka) meaning "increase". Other kanji combinations are also possible.

MIKAELA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Pronounced: MEE-kah-e-lah (Finnish)
Feminine form of MICHAEL.

MIKHAL
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: מִיכַל (Ancient Hebrew)
Biblical Hebrew form of MICHAL (2).

MIKKELINE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Danish
Danish feminine form of MIKKEL.

MILA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Other Scripts: Мила (Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian), Міла (Ukrainian)
Originally a diminutive of Slavic names containing the element milu "gracious, dear".

MILANA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Serbian, Croatian, Russian, Czech
Other Scripts: Милана (Serbian, Russian)
Variant of MILENA.

MILBURGA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: History
Derived from the Old English elements milde "gentle" and burg "fortress". Saint Milburga, the sister of Saint Mildred, was a daughter of a 7th-century Mercian king. She was supposedly in possession of magical powers.

MILDRED
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MIL-drəd
From the Old English name Mildþryð meaning "gentle strength", derived from the elements milde "gentle" and þryð "strength". Saint Mildred was a 7th-century abbess, the daughter of the Kentish princess Saint Ermenburga. After the Norman conquest this name became rare, but it was revived in the 19th century.

MILENA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Italian
Other Scripts: Милена (Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian, Russian)
Pronounced: myee-LE-na (Polish), mee-LE-na (Italian)
Feminine form of MILAN. It began to be used in Italy in honour of Milena Vukotić (1847-1923), mother of Helen of Montenegro, the wife of Italian king Victor Emmanuel III. In Italy it can also be considered a combination of MARIA and ELENA.

MILEY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: MIE-lee
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. Although it was not at all common before she brought it to public attention, there are some examples of its use before her time, most likely as a diminutive of MILES.

MILKA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical
Other Scripts: מִלְכָּה (Ancient Hebrew)
Means "queen" in Hebrew. This name appears in the Old Testament belonging to both the wife of Nahor and the daughter of Zelophehad.

MILLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Pronounced: MEEL-lah (Finnish)
Short form of CAMILLA and other names that end in milla.

MILLICENT
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MIL-ə-sənt
From the Germanic name Amalasuintha, composed of the elements amal "work, labour" and swinth "strong". Amalasuintha was a 6th-century queen of the Ostrogoths. The Normans introduced this name to England in the form Melisent or Melisende. Melisende was a 12th-century queen of Jerusalem, the daughter of Baldwin II.

MINDLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Yiddish
Presumably a Polish Yiddish form of Mindel, found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.

MINDY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MIN-dee
Diminutive of MELINDA.

MINNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German (Archaic), Finnish, Swedish
Pronounced: MI-na (German), MEEN-nah (Finnish)
Short form of WILHELMINA.

MINNIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MIN-ee
Diminutive of WILHELMINA.

MINTY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare)
Pronounced: MIN-tee
Diminutive of ARAMINTA.

MIO
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Japanese
Other Scripts: 美桜, 美緒, etc. (Japanese Kanji)
Pronounced: MEE-O
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" combined with (o) meaning "cherry blossom" or (o) meaning "thread". Other kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.

MIRA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Polish
Other Scripts: Мира (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian)
Pronounced: MYEE-ra (Polish)
Short form of names containing the Slavic element miru meaning "peace" or "world".

MIRABELLA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Italian
Latinate form of MIRABELLE.

MIRABELLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: 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.

MIRIAM
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Hebrew, English, German, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: מִרְיָם (Hebrew)
Pronounced: MIR-ee-əm (English), MI-ryam (German)
Original Hebrew form of MARY. It is used in the Old Testament, where it belongs to the elder sister of Moses and Aaron. She watched over the infant Moses as the pharaoh's daughter drew him from the Nile. The name has long been popular among Jews, and it has been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.

MIRJA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Finnish
Pronounced: MEER-yah
Finnish form of MIRIAM.

MIRTA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Spanish, Italian, Croatian
Spanish, Italian and Croatian cognate of MYRTLE.

MIRTHE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Dutch
Pronounced: MIR-tə
Variant of MYRTHE.

MITZI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German
Pronounced: MIT-see
German diminutive of MARIA.

MIYU
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Japanese
Other Scripts: 美優, 美結, 実優, 美夕, etc. (Japanese Kanji)
Pronounced: MEE-YOO
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" or (mi) meaning "fruit, good result, truth" combined with (yu) meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" or (yu) meaning "tie, bind" or (yu) meaning "evening". Other kanji combinations are possible.

MOA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish
Pronounced: MOO-ah
Possibly derived from Swedish moder meaning "mother". This was the pen name of the Swedish author Moa Martinson (real name Helga Maria Martinson).

MOANA
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Maori, Hawaiian, Tahitian
Pronounced: mo-A-na (Hawaiian)
Means "ocean, wide expanse of water, deep sea" in Maori and Hawaiian (as well as in other Polynesian languages).

MOEMA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "lies" in Tupí. This name appears in the poem 'Caramuru' (1781) by the Brazilian poet Santa Rita Durão.

MOLLY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAHL-ee
Diminutive of MARY. It developed from Malle and Molle, other medieval diminutives. James Joyce used this name in his novel 'Ulysses' (1920), where it belongs to Molly Bloom, the wife of the main character.

MONICA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Late Roman
Pronounced: MAHN-i-kə (English)
Meaning unknown, most likely of North African or Phoenician origin. In the 4th century this name was borne by the North African saint Monica of Hippo, the mother of Saint Augustine, whom she converted to Christianity. Since the Middle Ages it has been associated with Latin moneo "advisor" and Greek monos "one". As an English name, Monica has been in general use since the 18th century.

MONIKA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Lithuanian, Latvian
Pronounced: MO-nee-ka (German), maw-NYEE-ka (Polish)
Form of MONICA.

MONTANA
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: English (Modern)
Pronounced: mawn-TAN-ə
From the name of the American state, which is derived from Latin montanus "mountainous".

MORGAN (1)
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Welsh, English, French
Pronounced: MAWR-gən (English), MAWR-GAN (French)
From the Old Welsh masculine name Morcant, which was possibly derived from Welsh mor "sea" and cant "circle". Since the 1980s in America Morgan has been more common for girls than boys, perhaps due to stories of Morgan le Fay or the fame of actress Morgan Fairchild (1950-).

MOUNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: منى (Arabic)
Variant transcription of MUNA.

MUNA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: منى (Arabic)
Means "wishes, desires", from the plural of Arabic منية (munyah).

MWANAJUMA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born on Friday" in Swahili.

MY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Swedish
Swedish diminutive of MARIA.

MYRTLE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MUR-təl
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.

NA'AMAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical Hebrew
Other Scripts: נַעֲמָה (Ancient Hebrew)
Biblical Hebrew form of NAAMAH.

NAAMAH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Biblical, Hebrew
Other Scripts: נַעֲמָה (Hebrew)
Pronounced: NAY-ə-mə (English), nah-ah-MAH (Hebrew)
Means "pleasant" in Hebrew. This name is borne in the Old Testament by both a daughter of Lamech and a wife of Solomon. Some later Jewish texts give Naamah as the name of Noah's wife, even though she is not named in the Old Testament.

NADIA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: نديّة (Arabic)
Variant transcription of NADIYYA.

NAIARA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Basque
From the Basque name of the Spanish city of Nájera, which is Arabic in origin. In the 12th century there was a reported apparition of the Virgin Mary in a nearby cave.

NA'IMA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Arabic
Other Scripts: نعيمة (Arabic)
Feminine form of NA'IM.

NALANI
Gender: Feminine & Masculine
Usage: Hawaiian
Means "the heavens" or "the chiefs" from Hawaiian , a definite article, and lani "heaven, sky, chief".

NAN
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: NAN
Originally a diminutive of ANN. It may have originated with the affectionate phrase mine Ann, which was later reinterpreted as my Nan. It is now also used as a short form of NANCY.

NANA (2)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Japanese
Other Scripts: 菜奈, 奈菜, 菜々, 奈々, etc. (Japanese Kanji)
Pronounced: NA-NA
From Japanese (na) meaning "vegetables, greens" and/or (na), a phonetic character. The characters can be in either order or the same character can be duplicated, as indicated by the symbol . Other kanji with the same pronunciations can also be used to form this name.

NANAMI
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Japanese
Other Scripts: 七海, 菜々美 (Japanese Kanji)
Pronounced: NA-NA-MEE
From Japanese (nana) meaning "seven" and (mi) meaning "sea". It can also come from (na) meaning "vegetables, greens" duplicated and (mi) meaning "beautiful". Other kanji combinations are also possible.

NANAYA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Near Eastern Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly related to INANNA. This was the name of a goddess worshipped by the Sumerians and Akkadians. She was later conflated with the goddesses Anahita and Aphrodite.

NANCY
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: NANT-see
Previously a medieval diminutive of ANNIS, though since the 18th century it has been a diminutive of ANN. It is now usually regarded as an independent name. During the 20th century it became very popular in the United States. A city in the Lorraine region of France bears this name, though it derives from a different source.

NAOMI (1)
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Hebrew, Biblical
Other Scripts: נָעֳמִי (Hebrew)
Pronounced: nay-O-mee (English), nie-O-mee (English)
From the Hebrew name נָעֳמִי (Na'omiy) meaning "pleasantness". In the Old Testament this is the name of the mother-in-law of Ruth. After the death of her husband and sons, she returned to Bethlehem with Ruth. There she declared that her name should be Mara (see Ruth 1:20).

Though long common as a Jewish name, Naomi was not typically used as an English Christian name until after the Protestant Reformation. A notable bearer is the British model Naomi Campbell (1970-).

NARCISSA
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Late Roman
Pronounced: nar-SIS-ə (English)
Feminine form of NARCISSUS.

ROSAMIE
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English (Rare), Filipino, Louisiana Creole (Rare, Archaic), French (Acadian, Rare, Archaic)
Pronounced: ROZ-ə-mee (English, Filipino)
Perhaps a diminutive of Rosamund (compare Annemie, Rosemay), though it is claimed to be a combination of Rose with French amie "friend".
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