Feminine Names

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MARCI f English
Diminutive of MARCIA.
MÁRCIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form 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.
MARCY f English
Diminutive of MARCIA.
MARE f Estonian, Slovene, Macedonian, Croatian
Diminutive of MARIA and other names beginning with Mar.
MARED f Welsh
Welsh form of MARGARET.
MAREIKE f Frisian, German
Frisian and German diminutive of MARIA.
MAREN f Danish, Norwegian
Danish form of MARINA.
MARET f Estonian
Estonian form of MARGARET.
MARFA f Russian
Russian form of MARTHA.
MARGAID f Manx
Manx form of MARGARET.
MARGALIT f Hebrew
Means "pearl" in Hebrew, ultimately from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites).
MARGANITA f Hebrew
From the name of a type of flowering plant common in Israel, called the scarlet pimpernel in English.
MARGAREETA f Finnish (Rare)
Finnish variant form of MARGARET.
MARGARET f English
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.... [more]
MARGARÉTA f Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of MARGARET.
MARGARETE f German
German form of MARGARET.
MARGARETHA f Dutch, German
Dutch and German form of MARGARET.
MARGARETHE f German, Danish
German and Danish form of MARGARET.
MARGARETTA f English
Latinate form of MARGARET.
MARGARID f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Մարգարիտ (see MARGARIT).
MARGARIDA f Portuguese, Galician, Catalan, Occitan
Portuguese, Galician, Catalan and Occitan form of MARGARET. This is also the Portuguese and Galician word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
MARGARIT f Armenian
Armenian form of MARGARET, also meaning "pearl" in Armenian.
MARGARITA f Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Greek, Late Roman
Latinate form of MARGARET. This is also a Latin word meaning "pearl" and a Spanish word meaning "daisy flower" (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
MARGAUX f French
Variant of MARGOT influenced by the name of the wine-producing French town. It was borne by Margaux Hemingway (1954-1996), granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway, who had it changed from Margot.
MARGE f English
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MARGED f Welsh
Welsh form of MARGARET.
MARGERY f English
Medieval English form of MARGARET.
MARGHERITA f Italian
Italian form of MARGARET. This is also the Italian word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
MARGIE f English
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MARGIT f Hungarian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, German
Hungarian and Scandinavian form of MARGARET.
MARGITA f Slovak
Slovak form of MARGARET.
MARGO f English
Variant of MARGOT.
MARGOT f French
French short form of MARGARET.
MARGREET f Limburgish, Dutch
Limburgish form of MARGARET and a Dutch variant of MARGRIET.
MARGRÉT f Icelandic
Icelandic form of MARGARET.
MARGRETE f Norwegian
Norwegian form of MARGARET.
MARGRETHE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of MARGARET. This is the name of the current queen of Denmark (1940-).
MARGRIET f Dutch
Dutch form of MARGARET. This is also the Dutch word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
MARGRIT f German
German variant form of MARGARET.
MARGUERITE f French
French form of MARGARET. This is also the French word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
MARI (1) f Welsh, Breton, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Welsh, Breton, Estonian and Finnish form of MARIA, as well as a Hungarian diminutive of MÁRIA. It is also a Scandinavian form of MARIE.
MARI (2) f Japanese
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine" combined with (ri) meaning "reason, logic" or (ri) meaning "village". Many other combinations of kanji characters can form this name.
MARI (3) f Mythology
Possibly from Basque emari "donation" or amari "mother". This was the name of a goddess of the weather and fertility in Basque mythology.
MÁRIA f Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of MARIA.
MARÍA f & m Spanish, Galician, Icelandic
Spanish, Galician and Icelandic form of MARIA. It is occasionally used as a masculine middle name in Spanish-speaking regions.
MARIA f & m 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
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.... [more]
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-).
MARIAM f Biblical Greek, Georgian, Armenian, Arabic
Form of MARIA used in the Greek Old Testament, as well as the Georgian and Armenian form. It is also an alternate transcription of Arabic مريم (see MARYAM).
MARIAMI f Georgian
Georgian variant of MARIAM.
MARIAMNE f History
From Μαριαμη (Mariame), the form of MARIA used by the historian Josephus when referring to the wife of King Herod.
MARIAN (1) f English
Variant of MARION (1). This name was borne in English legend by Maid Marian, Robin Hood's love. It is sometimes considered a combination of MARY and ANN.
MARIANA f Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Roman feminine form of MARIANUS. After the classical era it was frequently interpreted as a combination of MARIA and ANA. In Portuguese it is further used as a form of MARIAMNE.
MARIANELA f Spanish
Contraction of MARÍA and ESTELA.
MARIANGELA f Italian
Combination of MARIA and ANGELA.
MARIANITA f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of MARIANA.
MARIANNA f Italian, English, Hungarian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, 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. It is sometimes also used as a Latinized form of MARIAMNE.
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). Shortly after the formation of the French Republic in 1792, a female figure by this name was adopted as the symbol of the state.
MARIAZINHA f Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of MARIA.
MARIBEL f Spanish
Contraction of MARÍA and ISABEL.
MARICA f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Hungarian
Diminutive of MARIJA (Croatian, Serbian and Slovene) or MÁRIA (Hungarian).
MARICELA f Spanish
Contraction of MARÍA and CELIA.
MARICRUZ f Spanish
Contraction of MARÍA and CRUZ.
MARIE f & m 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. Another was Marie Curie (1867-1934), a physicist and chemist who studied radioactivity with her husband Pierre.... [more]
MARIEKE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
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.
MARIELE f German
German diminutive of MARIA.
MARIELLA f Italian
Italian diminutive of MARIA.
MARIËLLE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MARIELLE f French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARIETJIE f Southern African, Afrikaans
Afrikaans diminutive of MARIA.
MARIETTA f Italian, Greek, Hungarian
Italian, Greek and Hungarian diminutive of MARIA.
MARIËTTE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MARIETTE f French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARIGOLD f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which comes from a combination of MARY and the English word gold.
MARIJANA f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
Croatian, Serbian, Slovene and Macedonian form of MARIANA.
MARIJETA f Croatian
Croatian diminutive of MARIJA.
MARIJKE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MARIJN m & f Dutch
Dutch masculine and feminine form of MARINUS.
MARIJONA f Lithuanian
Lithuanian feminine form of MARIANUS.
MARIJSE f Dutch
Dutch form of MARISE.
MARIKA f Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Finnish, Estonian, Georgian
Diminutive of MARIA or other names beginning with Mari.
MARIKE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MARIKIT f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "beautiful, pretty" in Tagalog.
MARIKO f Japanese
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine", (ri) meaning "village" and (ko) meaning "child". Many different combinations of kanji characters can form this name.
MARILAG f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "beautiful, gorgeous" in Tagalog.
MARILENA f Italian, Romanian
Combination of MARIA and ELENA.
MARILÈNE f French
Combination of MARIE and HÉLÈNE.
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.
MARINE f French, Georgian
French and Georgian feminine form of MARINUS.
MARINELA f Croatian
Croatian form of MARINELLA.
MARINELLA f Italian
Diminutive of MARINA.
MARINKA f Croatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene diminutive of MARINA.
MARION (1) f French, English
Medieval French diminutive of MARIE.
MARIONA f Catalan
Catalan diminutive of MARIA.
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.
MARISE f French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARISELA f Spanish
Elaborated form of MARISA.
MARISKA f Hungarian, Dutch
Diminutive of MARIA.
MARISOL f Spanish
Combination of MARÍA and SOL (1) or SOLEDAD. It also resembles Spanish mar y sol "sea and sun".
MARISSA f English
Variant of MARISA.
MARISTELA f Spanish, Portuguese
From the title of the Virgin Mary, Stella Maris, meaning "star of the sea" in Latin. It can also be a combination of MARÍA and ESTELA.
MARISTELLA f Italian
Italian form of MARISTELA.
MARIT f Swedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian form of MARGARET.
MARITA (2) f Swedish, Norwegian
Scandinavian form of MARGARET.
MARITTA f Finnish
Finnish diminutive of MARIA.
MARITZA f Spanish (Latin American)
Diminutive of MARIA used particularly in Latin America.
MARIYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of MARIA.
MARIYANA f Bulgarian
Bulgarian variant of MARIANA.
MÁRJÁ f Sami
Northern Sami form of MARIA.
MARJA f Finnish, Sorbian, Dutch
Finnish and Sorbian form of MARIA, as well as a Dutch variant. It also means "berry" in Finnish.
MARJAANA f Finnish
Finnish form of MIRIAM.
MARJAN (1) f Dutch
Dutch form of MARIANNE.
MARJANA f Slovene, Croatian
Slovene form of MARIANA.
MARJANI f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "coral" in Swahili, originally a borrowing from Arabic.
MARJATTA f Finnish
Diminutive of MARJA.
MARJE f English
Diminutive of MARJORIE.
MARJETA f Slovene
Slovene form of MARGARET.
MARJO (1) f Finnish, Dutch
Finnish and Dutch form of MARIA.
MARJO (2) f Dutch
Combination of MARIA with JOHANNA or JOSEPHINE.
MARJOLAINE f French
Means "marjoram" in French. Marjoram is a minty herb.
MARJOLEIN f Dutch
Dutch form of MARJOLAINE.
MARJOLIJN f Dutch
Dutch form of MARJOLAINE.
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.
MARJUKKA f Finnish
Diminutive of MARJA.
MARJUT f Finnish
Diminutive of MARJA.
MARKÉTA f Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of MARGARET.
MARKETTA f Finnish
Finnish form of MARGARET.
MARLA f English
Shortened form of MARLENE.
MARLEEN f Dutch, English
Dutch form and English variant of MARLENE.
MARLENA f English, Polish
Latinate form of MARLENE.
MARLÈNE f French
French form of MARLENE.
MARLENE f German, 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 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).
MARLIES f German, Dutch
Combination of MARIA and LIES.
MARLIS f German
Combination of MARIA and LIESE.
MARLOES f Dutch
Combination of MARIA and LOES.
MARLOWE f English (Modern)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "remnants of a lake" in Old English.
MARLYN f English
Variant of MARILYN.
MARNA f Danish
Danish short form of MARINA.
MARNI f English
Variant of MARNIE.
MARNIE f English
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.
MARQUITA f African American
Feminine variant of MARQUIS.
MARSAILI f Scottish
Scottish form of both MARJORIE and MARCELLA.
MARSHA f English
Variant of MARCIA.
MÁRTA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of MARTHA.
MÄRTA f Swedish
Swedish short form of MARGARETA.
MARTE f Norwegian
Norwegian variant of MARTHA.
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) meaning "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.... [more]
MARTHE f French, Norwegian
French and Norwegian form of MARTHA.
MARTIE m & f English
Diminutive of MARTIN, MARTINA or MARTHA.
MARTINA f German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Slovene, Hungarian, English, Swedish, Dutch, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN). Saint Martina was a 3rd-century martyr who is one of the patron saints of Rome.
MARTINE f French, Dutch, Norwegian
French, Dutch and Norwegian feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTIRIO f Spanish
Means "martyrdom" in Spanish.
MARTITA f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of MARTA.
MARTTA f Finnish
Finnish form of MARTHA.
MÁRTUSKA f Hungarian
Diminutive of MÁRTA.
MARTYNA f Polish
Polish feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARUXA f Galician
Galician diminutive of MARIA.
MARVA f English
Feminine form of MARVIN.
MARWA f Arabic
From the Arabic name of a fragrant plant. Al-Marwa is one of the names of a sacred hill near Mecca.
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. The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love".... [more]
MARYA f Russian
Russian variant form of MARIA.
MARYAM f Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Arabic, Persian and Urdu form of Miryam (see MARY). In Iran it is also the name of a flower, the tuberose, which is named after the Virgin Mary.
MARYANA f Russian
Russian variant of MARIANNA.
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.
MARYIA f Belarusian
Belarusian form of MARIA.
MARYLA f Polish
Polish diminutive of MARIA.
MARYLOU f English
Combination of MARY and LOU.
MARYLYN f English
Variant of MARILYN.
MARYVONNE f French
Combination of MARIE and YVONNE.
MARZANNA (1) f Polish
Probably a Polish variant of MARIANNA.
MARZENA f Polish
Probably originally a Polish diminutive of MARIA or MAŁGORZATA.
MARZIA f Italian
Italian form of MARCIA.
MÁŠA f Czech
Czech form of MASHA.
MAŠA f Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of MASHA.
MASAMI f & m Japanese
From Japanese (masa) meaning "become" or (masa) meaning "right, proper" combined with (mi) meaning "beautiful". This name can also be formed from other combinations of kanji.
MASEGO f Southern African, Tswana
Means "blessings" in Tswana.
MASHA f Russian
Russian diminutive of MARIYA.
MASOUMEH f Persian
Persian form of MASUMA.
MASOZI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "tears" in Tumbuka.
MASUMA f Arabic
Means "innocent" in Arabic. After her death, this name was applied to Fatima, a daughter of the 9th-century Shia imam Musa al-Kadhim.
MASUYO f Japanese
From Japanese (masu) meaning "profit, benefit" and (yo) meaning "world". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MATEA f Croatian
Croatian feminine form of MATEO.
MATEJA (1) f Slovene, Croatian
Feminine form of MATEJ.
MATIJA m & f Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Slovene, Croatian and Serbian form of MATTHIAS, used to refer to the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. It is occasionally used as a feminine name.
MATILD f Hungarian
Hungarian form of MATILDA.
MATILDA f English, Swedish, Finnish
From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle", from the elements maht "might, strength" and hild "battle". Saint Matilda was the wife of the 10th-century German king Henry I the Fowler. The name was common in many branches of European royalty in the Middle Ages. It was brought to England by the Normans, being borne by the wife of William the Conqueror himself. Another notable royal by this name was a 12th-century daughter of Henry I of England, known as the Empress Matilda because of her first marriage to the Holy Roman emperor Henry V. She later invaded England, laying the foundations for the reign of her son Henry II.... [more]
MATILDE f Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of MATILDA.
MATLEENA f Finnish
Finnish form of MAGDALENE.
MATRONA f Russian, Late Roman
Means "lady" in Late Latin. This was the name of three early saints.
MATRYONA f Russian
Variant of MATRONA.
MATTEA f Italian
Italian feminine form of MATTHEW.
MATTIE f & m English
Diminutive of MATILDA or MATTHEW.
MATTY (2) f Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARTHA.
MATYLDA f Czech, Polish
Czech and Polish form of MATILDA.
MAUD f English, French, Dutch
Usual medieval form of MATILDA. Though it became rare after the 14th century, it was revived and once more grew popular in the 19th century, perhaps due to Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem 'Maud' (1855).
MAUDE f English
Variant of MAUD.
MAUDIE f English
Diminutive of MAUD.
MAUI m & f Hawaiian, Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Hawaiian mythology Māui was a trickster who created the Hawaiian Islands by having his brothers fish them out of the sea. He was also responsible for binding the sun and slowing its movement.
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.
MAVE f Irish
Variant of MAEVE.
MAVIS f English
From the name of the type of bird, also called the song thrush, derived from Old French mauvis, of uncertain origin. It was first used as a given name by the British author Marie Corelli, who used it for a character in her novel 'The Sorrows of Satan' (1895).
MAVOURNEEN f Irish
Derived from the Irish phrase mo mhúirnín meaning "my darling".
MAVUTO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "troubles, problems" in Chewa.
MAWAR f Indonesian, Malay
Means "rose" in Malay and Indonesian.
MAWUNYO m & f Western African, Ewe
Means "God is good" in Ewe.
MÁXIMA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMILIANE f German
German feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXIMILIENNE f French (Rare)
French feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXINE f English
Feminine form of MAX. It has been commonly used only since the beginning of the 20th century.
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 (1) f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "illusion" in Sanskrit. In Buddhist tradition this is the name of the mother of Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha). This is also another name of the Hindu goddess Durga.
MAYA (2) 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.
MAYA (3) f Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew מַיִם (mayim) meaning "water".
MAYAMIKO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "praise, gratitude" in Chewa.
MAYBELLE f English
Variant of MABEL.
MAYESO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "test (from God)" in Chewa.
MAYLIS f French
From the name of a town in southern France, possibly derived from Occitan mair "mother" and French lys "lily". It is also sometimes considered a combination of MARIE and lys.
MAYME f English
Possibly a variant of MAMIE.
MAYTAL f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew מֵיטַל (see MEITAL).
MAYTE f Spanish
Variant of MAITE (1).
MAYU f Japanese
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine" or (ma) meaning "full" combined with (yu) meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" or (yu) meaning "evening". This name can also be constructed from other kanji combinations.
MAYUMI f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "tender, soft, modest" in Tagalog.
MBALENHLE f Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imbali "flower" and hle "beautiful".
MBALI f Southern African, Zulu
Means "flower" in Zulu.
MCHUMBA f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "sweetheart" in Swahili.
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.
MEAVE f Irish
Variant of MAEVE.
MECHTELD f Dutch
Dutch form of MATILDA.
MECHTHILD f German
German variant of MATHILDE.
MECHTILDE f German (Rare)
German variant of MATHILDE.
MEDB f Irish Mythology
Original Irish form of MAEVE.
MEDEA f Greek Mythology (Latinized), Georgian
From Greek Μηδεια (Medeia), possibly derived from μηδομαι (medomai) "to think, to plan". In Greek mythology Medea was a sorceress from Colchis (modern Georgia) who helped Jason gain the Golden Fleece. They were married, but eventually Jason left her for another woman. For revenge Medea slew Jason's new lover and also had her own children by Jason killed.
MEDEIA f Greek Mythology
Greek form of MEDEA.
MEDUSA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Μεδουσα (Medousa), which was derived from μεδω (medo) meaning "to protect, to rule over". In Greek myth this was the name of one of the three Gorgons, ugly women who had snakes for hair. She was so hideous that anyone who gazed upon her was turned to stone, so the hero Perseus had to look using the reflection in his shield in order to slay her.
MEENA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi मीना or Tamil மீனா (see MINA (2)).
MEERA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi मीरा, Malayalam മീര, Tamil மீரா or Kannada ಮೀರಾ (see MIRA (1)).
MEG f English
Medieval diminutive of MARGARET.
MEGA f & m Indonesian
Means "cloud" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit मेघ (megha).
MEGAERA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Μεγαιρα (Megaira) which was derived from μεγαιρω (megairo) "to grudge". This was the name of one of the Furies or Ερινυες (Erinyes) in Greek mythology. The name is used as a word in several European languages to denote a shrewish, ill-tempered woman (for example, French mégère and Italian megera).
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.
MEGGY f Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARGARET.
MEGHAN f English
Variant of MEGAN.
MEGUMI f Japanese
From Japanese (megumi) meaning "favour, benefit" or (megumi) meaning "love, affection", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations which have the same reading. It is often written using the hiragana writing system.
MEHETABEL f Biblical
From the Hebrew name םְהֵיטַבְאֵל (Meheitav'el) meaning "God makes happy". This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
MEHTAP f Turkish
Turkish form of MAHTAB.
MEHVEŞ f Turkish
Turkish form of MAHVASH.
MEI (1) f Chinese
From Chinese (měi) meaning "beautiful" or (méi) meaning "Chinese plum" (species Prunus mume), as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
MEI (2) f Japanese
From Japanese (me) meaning "bud, sprout" combined with (i) meaning "rely on", (i) meaning "life" or (i) meaning "clothing, garment". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MEIKE f German, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MEINIR f Welsh
Means "maiden" in Welsh.
MEINTJE f Dutch
Feminine form of MEINE.