From Japanese 真 (ma) meaning "real, genuine" or 舞 (ma/mai) meaning "dance" combined with 稲 (ine) meaning "rice (plant)", 茜 (ne) meaning "deep red, dye from the rubia plant" or 音 (ne) meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations are possible.
There is no definitive explanation for the origin of the name "Maine", but the most likely origin is that the name was given by early explorers after the former province of Maine in France. Other theories mention earlier places with similar names, or claim it is a nautical reference to the mainland. The view generally held among British place name scholars is that Mayne in Dorset is Brythonic, corresponding to modern Welsh "maen, plural main or meini Some early spellings are: MAINE 1086, MEINE 1200, MEINES 1204, MAYNE 1236.