Feminine Names

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MEINWEN f Welsh
Means "slender and white" from Welsh main "slender" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
MEIRA f Hebrew
Feminine form of MEIR.
MEIRIONA f Welsh
Feminine form of MEIRION.
MEIRIT f Hebrew
Feminine form of MEIR.
MEITAL f Hebrew
Means "dew drop" in Hebrew.
MEKLIT f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "talent" in Amharic.
MEL m & f English
Short form of MELVIN, MELANIE, MELISSA, and other names beginning with Mel.
MELAINA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning "black, dark". This was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology.
MELÁNIA f Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of MELANIE.
MELANIA f Italian, Spanish, Polish, Late Roman
Italian, Spanish and Polish form of MELANIE.
MÉLANIE f French
French form of MELANIE.
MELÁNIE f Czech
Czech form of MELANIE.
MELANIE f English, German, Dutch
From Mélanie, the French form of the Latin name Melania, derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning "black, dark". This was the name of a Roman saint who gave all her wealth to charity in the 5th century. Her grandmother was also a saint with the same name.... [more]
MELANO f Georgian
Georgian form of MELANIE.
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"). John Dryden used this name in his play 'Marriage a la Mode' (1672).
MELATI f Indonesian, Malay
Means "jasmine flower" in Malay and Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit मालती (malati).
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.
MELCHOL f Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of MICHAL (2).
MELE f Hawaiian
Means "song" in Hawaiian. This name is also used as a Hawaiian and Samoan form of MARY.
MELEK (2) f Turkish
Means "angel" in Turkish, ultimately of Arabic origin.
MELESINA f English (Rare)
Perhaps a form of MILLICENT. It was borne by the Irish writer and socialite Melesina Trench (1768-1827).
MELETE f Greek Mythology
Means "practice, exercise" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the original three muses, the muse of meditation.
MELIA f Greek Mythology
Means "ash tree" in Greek, a derivative of μελι (meli) "honey". This was the name of a nymph in Greek myth, the daughter of the Greek god Okeanos.
MELIKA f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of MELISSA.
MELİKE f Turkish
Turkish form of MALIKA.
MÉLINA f French
French form of MELINA.
MELINA f English, Greek
Elaboration of Mel, either from names such as MELISSA or from Greek μελι (meli) meaning "honey". A famous bearer was Greek-American actress Melina Mercouri (1920-1994), who was born Maria Amalia Mercouris.
MELINDA f English, Hungarian
Combination of Mel (from names such as MELANIE or MELISSA) with the popular name suffix inda. It was created in the 18th century, and may have been inspired by the similar name Belinda. In Hungary, the name was popularized by the 1819 play 'Bánk Bán' by József Katona.
MÉLINE f French
French form of MELINA.
MELIORA f Various
Derived from Latin melior meaning "better".
MELİS f Turkish
Turkish form of MELISSA.
MELİSA f Turkish
Turkish form of MELISSA.
MELISA f Spanish, Bosnian
Spanish and Bosnian form of MELISSA.
MÉLISANDE f French
French form of MILLICENT used by Maurice Maeterlinck in his play 'Pelléas et Mélisande' (1893). The play was later adapted by Claude Debussy into an opera (1902).
MELISENDE f Medieval French
Old French form of MILLICENT.
MÉLISSA f French
French form of MELISSA.
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). As an English given name, Melissa has been used since the 18th century.
MELITA f Various
In the case of Queen Victoria's granddaughter Princess Victoria Melita (1876-1936) it was derived from Melita, the Latin name of the island country of Malta, where she was born.
MELITTA f Ancient Greek, German
Ancient Attic Greek variant of MELISSA.
MÉLODIE f French
French cognate of MELODY.
MÉLODY f French
French variant of MELODY.
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".
MELPOMENE f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek μελπω (melpo) meaning "to sing, to celebrate with song". This was the name of one of the nine Muses in Greek mythology, the muse of tragedy.
MELPOMENI f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of MELPOMENE.
MELTEM f Turkish
Means "sea wind" in Turkish.
MELUSINE f Mythology
Meaning unknown. In European folklore Melusine was a water fairy who turned into a serpent from the waist down every Saturday. She made her husband, Raymond of Poitou, promise that he would never see her on that day, and when he broke his word she left him forever.
MELVA f English
Perhaps a feminine form of MELVIN.
MENODORA f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μηνη (mene) "moon" and δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who was martyred with her sisters Metrodora and Nymphodora.
MENUHA f Hebrew
Means "tranquility" in Hebrew.
MERAB (1) f Biblical
Means "abundant" in Hebrew. This is the name of a daughter of Saul in the Old Testament.
MERAUD f Cornish
Meaning unknown, perhaps based on Cornish mor "sea".
MERCÈ f Catalan
Catalan form of MERCEDES.
MERCEDES f Spanish
Means "mercies" (that is, the plural of mercy), from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, María de las Mercedes, meaning "Mary of Mercies". It is ultimately from the Latin word merces meaning "wages, reward", which in Vulgar Latin acquired the meaning "favour, pity".
MERCÉDESZ f Hungarian
Hungarian form of MERCEDES.
MERCHE f Spanish
Diminutive of MERCEDES.
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.
MERE f Maori
Maori form of MARY.
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. A famous bearer of this name as surname was the English novelist and poet George Meredith (1828-1909).
MERERID f Welsh
Welsh form of MARGARET.
MERETE f Danish
Danish form of MARGARET.
MERI (1) f Finnish
Means "the sea" in Finnish.
MERI (2) f Georgian
Georgian form of MARIE.
MERILYN f English
Variant of MARILYN.
MERIT (2) f Swedish
Variant of MARIT.
MERITA f Esperanto
Means "meritorious" in Esperanto.
MERITXELL f Catalan
From the name of a village in Andorra where there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The name of the village may derive from Latin meridies meaning "midday".
MERJA f Finnish
Possibly from the name of an ancient Finnish tribe.
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.
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".
MEROB f Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MERAB (1) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
MERRY (1) f English
From the English word merry, ultimately from Old English myrige. This name appears in Charles Dickens' novel 'Martin Chuzzlewit' (1844), where it is a diminutive of MERCY.
MERRYN f Cornish
Meaning unknown. This was the name of an early Cornish (male) saint.
MERVE f Turkish
Turkish form of MARWA.
MERVI f Finnish
From the name of a Finnish village (now a part of the municipality of Hattula).
MERYEM f Turkish, Uyghur
Turkish and Uyghur form of Miriam (see MARY).
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.
META f German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
German and Scandinavian short form of MARGARET.
METHOATASKE f Native American, Shawnee
Means "turtle laying its eggs" in Shawnee.
METI f Eastern African, Oromo
Means "umbrella" in Oromo.
METIS f Greek Mythology
Means "wisdom, skill, cunning" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was a Titan. Because it was prophesized that her children would be wiser than Zeus, he swallowed her after he had impregnated her. However, their daughter Athena eventually burst from his head fully grown.
METRODORA f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μητηρ (meter) "mother" (genitive μητρος) and δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr who was killed with her sisters Menodora and Nymphodora.
METTE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish diminutive of MARGARET.
MEZTLI m & f Aztec and Toltec Mythology, Native American, Nahuatl
Means "moon" in Nahuatl. This was the name of the Aztec god (or goddess) of the moon.
MHAIRI f Scottish
Vocative form of MÀIRI.
MIA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English
Scandinavian, Dutch and German diminutive of MARIA. It coincides with the Italian word mia meaning "mine".
MICA f English
Short form of MICHAELA.
MICAELA f Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICAIAH m & f Biblical
Means "who is like YAHWEH?" in Hebrew. This name occurs in the Old Testament belonging to both males and females.
MICHA (2) m & f German, Dutch
Short form of MICHAEL or MICHAELA.
MICHAL (2) f Biblical, Hebrew
Possibly means "brook" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of 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.
MICHALA f Czech
Czech feminine form of MICHAL (1).
MICHALINA f Polish
Polish feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICHELA f Italian
Italian feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICHELANGELA f Italian
Feminine form of MICHELANGELO.
MICHÈLE f French
French feminine form of MICHEL.
MICHELINA f Italian
Feminine diminutive of MICHELE (1).
MICHELINE f French
French feminine diminutive of MICHEL.
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.
MICHI (1) m & f Japanese
From Japanese (michi) meaning "path". Other kanji can also form this name.
MICHI (2) m & f German
German diminutive of MICHAEL or MICHAELA.
MICHIKO f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful", (chi) meaning "wisdom, intellect" and (ko) meaning "child". This name can also be comprised of other combinations of kanji.
MICHOL f Biblical Latin
Biblical Latin form of MICHAL (2).
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. Another famous bearer was the American baseball player Mickey Mantle (1931-1995).
MIDHA f Arabic
Means "praise, eulogy" in Arabic.
MIDORI f Japanese
From Japanese (midori) meaning "green", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations which have the same pronunciation.
MIECZYSŁAWA f Polish
Feminine form of MIECZYSŁAW.
MIEKE f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MIELA f Esperanto
Means "honey-sweet" in Esperanto.
MIELIKKI f Finnish Mythology
Derived from Finnish mieli "mind, mood". This was the name of a Finnish goddess of forests and hunting. By some accounts she is the wife of the god Tapio.
MIEN f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of WILHELMINA.
MIEP f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MIES f & m Dutch
Dutch diminutive of MARIA or BARTHOLOMEUS.
MIGLĖ f Lithuanian
Derived from Lithuanian migla meaning "mist".
MIGNON f Literature
Means "cute, darling" in French. This is the name of a character in Ambroise Thomas's opera 'Mignon' (1866), which was based on a novel by Goethe.
MIGUELA f Spanish, Portuguese
Feminine form of MIGUEL.
MI-GYEONG f Korean
From Sino-Korean (mi) meaning "beautiful" combined with (gyeong) meaning "capitol city" or (gyeong) meaning "scenery, view". Other hanja combinations are possible.
MIHO (2) f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" and (ho) meaning "grain". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
MIIA f Finnish
Finnish form of MIA.
MIINA f Finnish
Short form of VILHELMIINA.
MIKA (2) f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" combined with (ka) meaning "fragrance" or (ka) meaning "increase". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
MIKHAILA f English (Rare)
Variant of MICHAELA, possibly influenced by the spelling of Mikhail.
MIKHAL f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of MICHAL (2).
MIKHAYHU m & f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MICAIAH.
MIKI f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" and (ki) meaning "chronicle". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MIKKELINE f Danish
Danish feminine form of MIKKEL.
MIKKI f English
Strictly feminine variant of MICKEY.
MIKU f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" combined with (ku) meaning "sky" or (ku) meaning "long time". It can also come from a nanori reading of 未来 (mirai) meaning "future". Other kanji combinations are possible as well.
MI-KYUNG f Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 미경 (see MI-GYEONG).
MILA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Originally a diminutive of Slavic names containing the element milu "gracious, dear".
MILADA f Czech
Originally a diminutive of Slavic names containing the element milu "gracious, dear". It has become associated with Czech mladý "young".
MILAGROS f Spanish
Means "miracles" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de los Milagros, which means "Our Lady of Miracles".
MILANA f Serbian, Croatian, Russian, Czech
Feminine form of MILAN.
MILANKA f Serbian, Croatian
Feminine form of MILAN.
MILBURGA f 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.
MILDA f Lithuanian, Baltic Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the Lithuanian goddess of love.
MILDBURG f Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of MILBURGA.
MILDGYÐ f Anglo-Saxon
Old English name derived from the elements milde "gentle" and gyð "battle". This was the name of a 7th-century saint, the sister of Saint Mildred.
MILDRED f English
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.
MILDÞRYÐ f Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of MILDRED.
MILÉNA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of MILENA.
MILENA f Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, 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 the Italian king Victor Emmanuel III. In Italy it can also be considered a combination of MARIA and ELENA.
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. 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.
MILICA f Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian
From the Slavic element milu meaning "gracious". It was originally a diminutive of names that began with that element.
MILITSA f Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of MILICA.
MILJANA f Serbian
Feminine form of MILAN.
MILKA (1) f Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Bulgarian
Diminutive of Slavic names containing the element milu "gracious, dear".
MILKA (2) f Biblical
Means "queen" in Hebrew. This name appears in the Old Testament belonging to both the wife of Nahor and the daughter of Zelophehad.
MILLA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Short form of CAMILLA and other names that end in milla.
MILLARAY f Native American, Mapuche
Means "golden flower" in Mapuche.
MILLICENT f English
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.
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.
MILUŠE f Czech
Diminutive of names beginning with the Slavic element milu "gracious, dear".
MILUŠKA f Czech
Diminutive of names beginning with the Slavic element milu "gracious, dear".
MIMI f English, Italian
Diminutive of MARIA and other names beginning with M.
MIN m & f Chinese, Korean
From (mǐn) meaning "quick, clever, sharp", (mín) meaning "people, citizens", or other Chinese/Sino-Korean characters which are pronounced similarly.
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.
MINA (2) f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil
Means "fish" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the daughter of the Hindu goddess Ushas as well as the daughter of the god Kubera.
MINAKO f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful", (na), a phonetic character, and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MINAKSHI f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
From Sanskrit मीन (mina) meaning "fish" and अक्षि (akshi) meaning "eye". This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
MINALI f Indian, Hindi
Means "fish catcher" in Sanskrit.
MINATO m & f Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese (minato) meaning "harbour", as well as other combinations of kanji having the same pronunciation.
MINDY f English
Diminutive of MELINDA.
MINENHLE f & m Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imini "day" and hle "beautiful".
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. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since after the Renaissance.
MING m & f Chinese
From Chinese (míng) meaning "bright, light, clear" or (míng) meaning "inscribe, engrave", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
MIN-JI f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" combined with (ji) meaning "wisdom, intellect" or (ji) meaning "know, perceive, comprehend". Other hanja combinations are possible.
MIN-JUN m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" or (min) meaning "gentle, affable" combined with (jun) meaning "talented, handsome". Other hanja combinations are possible.
MINKE m & f Frisian, Dutch
Diminutive and feminine form of MEINE.
MINNIE f English
Diminutive of WILHELMINA.
MINODORA f Romanian
Romanian form of MENODORA.
MINOO f Persian
Means "heaven, paradise" in Persian.
MINORU m & f Japanese
From Japanese (minoru) meaning "to bear fruit", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
MIN-SEO f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "people, citizens" or (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" combined with (seo) meaning "slowly, calmly, composed, dignified" or (seo) meaning "series, sequence". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
MIN-SU m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "people, citizens" or (min) meaning "gentle, affable" combined with (su) meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" or (su), which refers to a river in China. Other hanja combinations are possible.
MINTA f English
Short form of ARAMINTA.
MINTTU f Finnish
Means "mint" in Finnish.
MINTY f English (Rare)
Diminutive of ARAMINTA.
MINU f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مینو (see MINOO).
MIO f Japanese
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 (1) f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
Means "sea, ocean" in Sanskrit. This was the name of a 16th-century Indian princess who devoted her life to the god Krishna.
MIRA (2) f Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Polish
Short form of names containing the Slavic element miru meaning "peace" or "world".
MIRABELLA f Italian
Latinate form of MIRABELLE.
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. It did not become a common English given name until the 20th century. This is also the name of one of the moons of Uranus, named after the Shakespearean character.
MIREIA f Catalan, Spanish
Catalan form of Mirèio (see MIREILLE).
MIREILLE f French
From the Occitan name Mirèio, which was first used by the poet Frédéric Mistral for the main character in his poem 'Mirèio' (1859). He probably derived it from the Occitan word mirar meaning "to admire".
MIRÈIO f Occitan
Original Occitan form of MIREILLE.
MIRELA f Romanian, Croatian, Albanian
Romanian, Croatian and Albanian form of MIREILLE.
MIRELE f Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MIRIAM.
MIRELLA f Italian
Italian form of MIREILLE.
MIREMBE f Eastern African, Ganda
Means "peace" in Luganda.
MIREN f Basque
Basque form of MARIA.
MIREYA f Spanish
Variant of MIREIA.
MIRIAM f Hebrew, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
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 (alongside Mary) since the Protestant Reformation.
MIRICA f Croatian
Diminutive of MIRELA or names containing the Slavic element miru meaning "peace, world".
MIRINDA f Esperanto
Means "wonderful" in Esperanto.
MIRJA f Finnish
Finnish form of MIRIAM.
MIRJAMI f Finnish
Finnish form of MIRIAM.
MIRKA f Czech, Slovak
Diminutive of MIROSLAVA and other names beginning with the Slavic element miru meaning "peace" or "world".
MIRNA f Croatian, Serbian
Means "peaceful" in Serbian and Croatian.
MIROSŁAWA f Polish
Feminine form of MIROSŁAW.
MIRSADA f Bosnian
Feminine form of MIRSAD.
MIRTA f Spanish, Italian, Croatian
Spanish, Italian and Croatian cognate of MYRTLE.
MIRTE f Dutch
Variant of MYRTHE.
MIRTHE f Dutch
Variant of MYRTHE.
MIRUNA f Romanian
Possibly derived from the Slavic word mir meaning "peace".
MÍŠA f Czech
Diminutive of MICHAELA.
MIŠA m & f Serbian, Slovene
Serbian diminutive of MIHAILO, MIROSLAV and other names beginning with a similar sound. In Slovenia it is typically feminine.
MISAKI f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" and (saki) meaning "blossom". This name can be formed from other combinations of kanji as well.
MISSIE f English
Diminutive of MELISSA.
MISSY f English
Diminutive of MELISSA. This is also a slang term meaning "young woman".
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.
MI-SUK f Korean
From Sino-Korean (mi) meaning "beautiful" and (suk) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming", as well as other combinations of hanja characters with the same pronunciations.
MITRA (1) m & f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "friend" in Sanskrit, a cognate of MITHRA. This is a transcription of both the feminine form मित्रा and the masculine form मित्र, which is the name of a Hindu god of friendship and contracts who appears in the Rigveda.
MITRA (2) f Persian
Modern variant of MITHRA used as a feminine name. The true Modern Persian form of Mithra is in fact Mehr.
MITRODORA f Macedonian
Macedonian form of METRODORA.
MITSUKO f Japanese
From Japanese (mitsu) meaning "light" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MITZI f German
German diminutive of MARIA.
MIU f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" and (u) meaning "feather". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MIYAKO f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful", (ya) meaning "night" and (ko) meaning "child". This name can be formed from other combinations of kanji as well.
MIYU f Japanese
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.
MIZUKI f Japanese
From Japanese (mizu) meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious" and (ki) meaning "hope", besides other kanji combinations.
MLADENKA f Croatian, Serbian
Feminine form of MLADEN.
MNEME f Greek Mythology
Means "memory" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the original three muses, the muse of memory.
MNEMOSYNE f Greek Mythology
Means "remembrance" in Greek. In Greek mythology Mnemosyne was a Titan goddess of memory. She was the mother by Zeus of the nine Muses.
MO f & m English
Short form of MAUREEN, MAURICE, MORRIS, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
MOA f Swedish
Possibly derived from Swedish moder meaning "mother". This was the pen name of the Swedish author Moa Martinson (real name Helga Maria Martinson).
MOANA f & m Maori, Hawaiian, Tahitian
Means "ocean, wide expanse of water, deep sea" in Maori and Hawaiian (as well as in other Polynesian languages).
MODESTA f Spanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of MODESTUS.
MODESTE m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of MODESTUS.
MODESTINE f French
French diminutive of MODESTUS.
MODESTY f English (Rare)
From the English word modesty, ultimately from Latin modestus "moderate", a derivative of modus "measure".
MOE (2) f Japanese
From Japanese (moe) meaning "bud, sprout". Other kanji with the same reading can also form this name.
MOEMA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "lies" in Tupí. This name appears in the poem 'Caramuru' (1781) by the Brazilian poet Santa Rita Durão.
MOERANI m & f Tahitian
From Tahitian moe "sleep" and rani "heaven, sky".
MOHANA m & f Hinduism
Means "bewitching, infatuating, charming" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form मोहन (an epithet of the Hindu gods Shiva, Krishna and Kama) and the feminine form मोहना.
MOHINDER m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of MAHENDRA used by Sikhs.
MOHINI f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "infatuating" in Sanskrit. This was the name adopted by the Hindu god Vishnu when he took the form of a woman.
MOIRA f Irish, Scottish, English
Anglicized form of MÁIRE. It also coincides with Greek Μοιρα (Moira) meaning "fate, destiny", the singular of Μοιραι, the Greek name for the Fates. They were the three female personifications of destiny in Greek mythology.
MÓIRÍN f Irish
Diminutive of MÓR.
MOIRREY f Manx
Manx form of MARY.
MOJCA f Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian diminutive of MARIJA.
MOJDEH f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مژده (see MOZHDEH).
MOJGAN f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مژگان (see MOZHGAN).
MOJISOLA f Western African, Yoruba
Means "wake up to wealth" in Yoruba.
MOKOSH f Slavic Mythology
Derived from Slavic mok meaning "wet, moist". Mokosh was a Slavic goddess of weaving, women, water and fertility. She was often depicted as a woman with a large head and long arms.
MOLLE f Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARY.
MOLLIE f English
Variant of MOLLY.
MOLLY f English
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.
MOMI f Hawaiian
Means "pearl" in Hawaiian.
MOMOKA f Japanese
From Japanese (momo) meaning "hundred" or (momo) meaning "peach" combined with (ka) meaning "flower" or (ka) meaning "fragrance". Other kanji combinations are possible.
MOMOKO f Japanese
From Japanese (momo) meaning "hundred" or (momo) meaning "peach" combined with (ko) meaning "child". This name can be constructed from other kanji combinations as well.
MONA (1) f Irish, English
Anglicized form of MUADHNAIT. It is also associated with Greek monos "one" and Leonardo da Vinci's painting the 'Mona Lisa' (in which case it is a contraction of Italian ma donna meaning "my lady").
MONA (2) f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of MONIKA.
MONA (3) f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic منى (see MUNA).
MONAT f Irish
Anglicized form of MUADHNAIT.
MONDAY f English (Rare)
From the English word for the day of the week, which was derived from Old English mona "moon" and dæg "day". This was formerly given to girls born on Monday.
MONET f & m Various
From a French surname which was derived from either HAMON or EDMOND. This was the surname of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
MÓNICA f Spanish
Spanish form of MONICA.
MÒNICA f Catalan
Catalan form of MONICA.
MÔNICA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of MONICA.
MONICA f English, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Late Roman
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.
MONIFA f Western African, Yoruba
Means "I am lucky" in Yoruba.
MÓNIKA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of MONICA.
MONIQUE f French, English, Dutch
French form of MONICA.
MONNA f English
Variant of MONA (1).