Names Starting with M

gender
usage
Maacah f & m Biblical
From Hebrew מָעַך (ma'akh) meaning "to press, to crush". This name is borne by both male and female characters in the Old Testament.
Maachah f & m Biblical
Form of Maacah in some versions of the Old Testament.
Maaike f Dutch
Dutch diminutive of Maria.
Ma'akhah f & m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Maacah.
Maala f Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of Mahlah used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
Maalik m Arabic
Means "owner, possessor, master" in Arabic.
Maan m Limburgish
Limburgish short form of Herman.
Maaria f Finnish
Finnish form of Maria.
Maarika f Estonian, Finnish
Diminutive of Maarja (Estonian) or Maaria (Finnish).
Maarit f Finnish
Finnish form of Margaret.
Maarja f Estonian
Estonian form of Maria.
Maarten m Dutch
Dutch form of Martin.
Maartje f Dutch
Dutch feminine form of Martin.
Maas m Dutch
Dutch short form of Thomas.
Maata f Maori
Maori form of Martha.
Maayan f & m Hebrew
Means "spring of water" in Hebrew.
Mabel f English
Medieval feminine form of Amabilis. This spelling and Amabel were common during the Middle Ages, though they became rare after the 15th century. It was revived in the 19th century after the publication of C. M. Yonge's 1854 novel The Heir of Redclyffe, which featured a character named Mabel (as well as one named Amabel).
Mabella f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of Mabel.
Mabelle f English
Variant of Mabel. It also coincides with the French phrase ma belle meaning "my beautiful".
Mable f English
Variant of Mabel.
Mabon m Welsh Mythology
Later Welsh form of Maponos. In the Welsh tale Culhwch and Olwen he is a prisoner freed by Arthur's warriors in order to help hunt the great boar Trwyth. His mother is Modron.
Mabyn f Cornish
Possibly from Old Cornish mab meaning "son". This was the name of a 6th-century Cornish saint, said to be one of the children of Brychan Brycheiniog. She is now regarded as a woman, but some early sources describe her as a man.
Macarena f Spanish
From the name of a barrio (district) in Seville, which got its name from a temple that may have been named for a person named Macarius (see Macario). The Virgin of Macarena, that is Mary, is widely venerated in Seville.
Macaria f Spanish
Feminine form of Macario.
Macario m Spanish
Spanish form of the Latin name Macarius, derived from the Greek name Μακάριος (Makarios), which was in turn derived from Greek μάκαρ (makar) meaning "blessed, happy". This was the name of several early saints.
Macaulay m English (British)
From a Scottish surname, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Amhalghaidh, itself derived from Amhalghadh, a given name of unknown meaning. A famous bearer of the surname was Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1861), a British Whig politician and noted historian. The given name is borne by the American former child actor Macaulay Culkin (1980-), who was named after the British politician.
Mac Beatha m Medieval Scottish
Scottish Gaelic form of Macbeth.
Macbeth m History
Anglicized form of the Scottish Gaelic given name Mac Beatha meaning "son of life", implying holiness. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king. Shakespeare based his play Macbeth loosely on this king's life.
Macdara m Irish, Old Irish
Means "son of oak" in Irish. This was the name of a 6th-century saint from Connemara.
Machlah f & m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Mahlah.
Machli m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Mahli.
Machteld f Dutch
Dutch form of Matilda.
Macie f English
Variant of Macy.
Maciej m Polish
Polish form of Matthias.
Mack 1 m English
From a surname, originally a shortened form of various Irish and Scottish surnames beginning with Mac or Mc (from Irish mac meaning "son"). It is also used as a generic slang term for a man.
Mack 2 m Medieval English
Medieval short form of Magnus, brought to Britain by Scandinavian settlers.
Mackenzie f & m English
From a Scottish surname, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Coinnich, itself derived from the given name Coinneach. As a feminine given name it was popularized by the American actress Mackenzie Phillips (1959-), especially after she began appearing on the television comedy One Day at a Time in 1975. In the United Kingdom it is more common as a masculine name.
Macsen m Welsh Mythology
Welsh form of Maximus. Magnus Maximus (known as Macsen Wledig in Welsh) was a 4th-century co-ruler of the Western Roman Empire. In Wales he was regarded as the founder of several royal lineages. He appears in the medieval Welsh tale The Dream of Macsen.
Macy f English
From an English surname that was from various towns called Massy in France. The towns themselves were originally derived from a Gallo-Roman personal name that was Latinized as Maccius. The name was brought to public attention in 1989 when the character Macy Alexander was introduced to the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. It is also notable as the name of a chain of American department stores founded by Rowland Hussey Macy in 1858.
Madai m Biblical
Means "Medes" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Japheth. He was the ancestor of the Medes, an ancient people related to the Persians.
Madailéin f Irish
Irish form of Magdalene.
Madalena f Portuguese
Portuguese form of Magdalena.
Mădălina f Romanian
Romanian form of Magdalene.
Madalitso m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "blessings" in Chewa.
Madalyn f English
Variant of Madeline.
Madara f Latvian
From the Latvian name for a type of flowering plant, known as cleavers or bedstraw in English.
Mädchen f Various
Means "girl" in German. It is not used as a name in Germany itself.
Maddalena f Italian
Italian form of Magdalene.
Maddie f English
Diminutive of Madeline or Madison.
Maddox m English (Modern)
From a Welsh surname meaning "son of Madoc". It was brought to public attention when the actress Angelina Jolie gave this name to her adopted son in 2002.
Maddy f English
Diminutive of Madeline or Madison.
Made m & f Balinese
From Sanskrit मध्य (madhya) meaning "middle". This name is traditionally given to the family's second-born child.
Madelief f Dutch
Derived from Dutch madeliefje meaning "daisy".
Madelina f English (Rare)
Latinate form of Madeline.
Madeline f English, French
English form of Magdalene. This is the name of the heroine in a series of children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans, first published 1939.
Madelon f French (Rare), Dutch
French diminutive of Madeleine, now more common as a Dutch name.
Madelyn f English
Variant of Madeline.
Madge f English
Diminutive of Margaret.
Madhava m Sanskrit, Hinduism
Means "vernal, of the springtime" in Sanskrit. This is an epithet of several Hindu gods. It was also the name of a 14th-century Hindu scholar.
Madhavi f Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi
Feminine form of Madhava. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
Madhu f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu
From Sanskrit मधु (madhu) meaning "sweet, honey". This is another name of Chaitra, the first month of the Hindu year (which occurs in March and April).
Madhukar m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "bee, honey-maker" in Sanskrit.
Madhur m & f Indian, Hindi
Means "sweet" in Sanskrit.
Madhuri f Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada
Means "sweetness" in Sanskrit.
Mədinə f Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of Madina.
Madina f Kazakh, Avar, Chechen
From the name of the city of Medina, Arabic المدينة (al-Madinah), which means "the city". The Saudi city is considered an Islamic holy site because the Prophet Muhammad was based there for a period.
Madis m Estonian
Short form of Mattias.
Madison f & m English
From an English surname meaning "son of Maud". It was not commonly used as a feminine name until after the movie Splash (1984), in which the main character adopted it as her name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue in New York City. It was ranked second for girls in the United States by 2001. This rise from obscurity to prominence in only 18 years represents an unprecedented 550,000 percent increase in usage.... [more]
Madlenka f Czech
Czech diminutive of Magdaléna.
Madlyn f English
Variant of Madeline.
Madoc m Welsh (Rare)
From the Old Welsh name Matauc, derived from mad meaning "good, fortunate" combined with a diminutive suffix. This is the name of a warrior mentioned in the 7th-century Welsh poem Y Gododdin. It was also borne by several medieval rulers, including the 12th-century Madoc ap Maredudd, the last prince of Powys. Another bearer, according to later folklore, was a son of the 12th-century Owain the Great who sailed to the Americas.
Madog m Welsh (Rare)
Variant of Madoc.
Madona f Georgian
Georgian form of Madonna.
Madonna f English
From a title of the Virgin Mary meaning "my lady" in Italian. A famous bearer of the name is American singer Madonna Ciccone (1958-), known simply as Madonna.
Mads m Danish
Danish short form of Mathias.
Mae f English
Variant of May. A famous bearer was the American actress Mae West (1893-1980), whose birth name was Mary.
Máedóc m Old Irish
Meaning unknown. Saint Máedóc (also known as Áedán) of Ferns was a 7th-century Irish bishop.
Mæja f Icelandic
Icelandic diminutive of María.
Maël m French, Breton
French form of Breton Mael meaning "prince, chieftain, lord". Saint Mael was a 5th-century Breton hermit who lived in Wales.
Mael m Breton
Breton form of Maël.
Maela f Breton
Feminine form of Maël.
Máel Coluim m Medieval Scottish
Medieval Scottish Gaelic form of Malcolm.
Maeleth f Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of Mahalath used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
Maelgwn m Medieval Welsh
From Old Welsh Mailcun, from a Brythonic name *Maglocunos meaning "chief of hounds", derived from Celtic *maglos "chief" and * "dog, hound" (genitive *kunos). This was the name of several early Welsh rulers, notably Maelgwn Gwynedd, a 6th-century king of Gwynedd.
Maëlie f French
Feminine form of Maël.
Máel Ísu m Medieval Scottish
Medieval Scottish Gaelic form of Maoilios.
Maëlle f French, Breton
Feminine form of Maël.
Máel Máedóc m Old Irish
Means "disciple of Saint Máedóc" in Irish. Saint Máel Máedóc (also known as Malachy) was a 12th-century archbishop of Armagh.
Máel Sechnaill m Old Irish
Means "disciple of Saint Seachnall" in Irish. This was the name of two Irish high kings: Máel Sechnaill mac Máele Ruanaid who ruled all of Ireland in the 9th century; and Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill (called Malachy) who defeated the Norse of Dublin in the 10th century.
Maëlys f French
Feminine form of Maël, possibly influenced by the spelling of Mailys.
Mærwine m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements mær "famous" and wine "friend".
Maeva f Tahitian, French
Means "welcome" in Tahitian. It gained popularity in France during the 1980s.
Maeve f Irish, Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of the Irish name Medb meaning "intoxicating". In Irish legend this was the name of a warrior queen of Connacht. She and her husband Ailill fought against the Ulster king Conchobar and the hero Cúchulainn, as told in the Irish epic The Cattle Raid of Cooley.
Ma'evehpota'e f Indigenous American, Cheyenne
Means "red leaf woman", from Cheyenne ma'e- "red" and vehpȯtse "leaf" combined with the feminine suffix -e'é.
Mafalda f Portuguese, Italian, Spanish
Originally a medieval Portuguese form of Matilda. This name was borne by the wife of Afonso, the first king of Portugal. In modern times it was the name of the titular character in a popular Argentine comic strip (published from 1964 to 1973) by Quino.
Magahet m Chamorro
Means "true, certain" in Chamorro.
Magali f French, Occitan
Occitan form of Magdalene.
Magalie f French
Variant of Magali.
Magaly f Spanish (Latin American)
Variant of Magali, predominantly found in Spanish-speaking countries.
Magdaléna f Slovak, Czech, Hungarian
Slovak and Czech form of Magdalene, as well as a Hungarian variant form.
Magdalene f German, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From a title meaning "of Magdala". Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament, was named thus because she was from Magdala — a village on the Sea of Galilee whose name meant "tower" in Hebrew. She was cleaned of evil spirits by Jesus and then remained with him during his ministry, witnessing the crucifixion and the resurrection. She was a popular saint in the Middle Ages, and the name became common then. In England it is traditionally rendered Madeline, while Magdalene or Magdalen is the learned form.
Magdalina f Old Church Slavic, Bulgarian
Old Church Slavic form of Magdalene, as well as a Bulgarian variant form.
Magdalini f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of Magdalene.
Magdi 1 f Hungarian
Diminutive of Magdolna.
Magdi 2 m Arabic (Egyptian)
Alternate transcription of Arabic مجدي (see Majdi). This corresponds more closely with the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation of the name.
Magdolna f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Magdalene.
Magdy m Arabic (Egyptian)
Alternate transcription of Arabic مجدي (see Majdi). This corresponds more closely with the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation of the name.
Maggie f English
Diminutive of Margaret.
Mághnus m Irish
Irish form of Magnus.
Maglocunos m Brythonic (Hypothetical)
Possible Brythonic form of Maelgwn.
Magne m Norwegian
Modern form of Magni as well as a variant of Magnus.
Magnhild f Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse magn "mighty, strong" and hildr "battle". This was the name of an 1877 novel by the Norwegian author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.
Magnhildr f Old Norse
Old Norse form of Magnhild.
Magni m Old Norse, Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse element magn meaning "mighty, strong". In Norse mythology this name is borne by a son of Thor and the giant Járnsaxa.
Magnolia f English
From the English word magnolia for the flower, which was named for the French botanist Pierre Magnol.
Magnús m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Magnus.
Magnus m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "great". It was borne by a 7th-century saint who was a missionary in Germany. It became popular in Scandinavia after the time of the 11th-century Norwegian king Magnus I, who was said to have been named after Charlemagne, or Carolus Magnus in Latin (however there was also a Norse name Magni). The name was borne by six subsequent kings of Norway as well as three kings of Sweden. It was imported to Scotland and Ireland during the Middle Ages.
Mago m Phoenician (Latinized)
From the Punic name 𐤌𐤂𐤍 (Magon) possibly meaning "shield". This name was borne by three kings of Carthage, and also by a brother of Hannibal Barca.
Magomed m Avar (Russified), Chechen (Russified)
Russian form of Muhammad, used particularly in the Caucasus.
Magomet m Avar (Russified), Chechen (Russified), Ossetian (Russified)
Russian form of Muhammad, used particularly in the Caucasus.
Maha f Arabic
Means "oryx" in Arabic. The oryx is a variety of antelope that is said to represent beauty.
Mahala f English
Variant of Mahalah or Mahalath. It has occasionally been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.
Mahalah m Biblical
Variant of Mahlah used in the King James Version of the Old Testament.
Mahalath f Biblical
From the Hebrew name מָחֲלַת (Machalat) meaning "lyre". In the Old Testament she is the daughter of Ishmael and the wife of Esau.
Mahali m Biblical
Variant of Mahli.
Mahalia f English
Variant of Mahala.
Mahamadou m Western African
Form of Muhammad used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Məhəmməd m Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of Muhammad.
Mahammad m Azerbaijani
Alternate transcription of Azerbaijani Məhəmməd.
Mahatma m History
From the Indian title महात्मा (Mahatma) meaning "great soul", derived from Sanskrit महा (maha) meaning "great" and आत्मन् (atman) meaning "soul, spirit, life". This title was given to, among others, Mohandas Karamchand, also known as Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).
Mahaut f French (Archaic)
Medieval French form of Mathilde.
Mahavir m Indian, Hindi
Modern form of Mahavira.
Mahavira m Sanskrit
Means "great hero" from Sanskrit महा (maha) meaning "great" and वीर (vira) meaning "hero, man". This was the name of the 6th-century BC founder of Jainism.
Mahdi m Arabic, Persian
Means "guided one" in Arabic.
Mahendra m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sanskrit
From Sanskrit महा (maha) meaning "great" combined with the name of the Hindu god Indra. This was the name of a son of the 3rd-century BC Indian emperor Ashoka. He is credited with introducing Buddhism to Sri Lanka.
Mahershala m Various
From the longer name Mahershalalhashbaz, which appears in the Old Testament at Isaiah 8:1 in reference to Isaiah's symbolic son. It is written in Hebrew as מַהֵר שָׁלָל חָשׁ בַּז, and is composed of the two-word phrases מַהֵר שָׁלָל (maher shalal) and חָשׁ בַּז (chash baz), which both mean "hurry to the plunder". A famous bearer is the American actor Mahershala Ali (1974-), whose full name is Mahershalalhashbaz.
Mahesha m Hinduism
Means "great lord" from Sanskrit महा (maha) meaning "great" and ईश (isha) meaning "lord, ruler". This is another name of the Hindu god Shiva.
Mahfuz m Arabic
Means "safeguarded" in Arabic.
Mahihkan m Indigenous American, Cree
Means "wolf" in Cree.
Mahin f Persian
Means "related to the moon" in Persian.
Mahinder m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of Mahendra used by Sikhs.
Mahine f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مهین (see Mahin).
Mahir m Arabic, Turkish, Bosnian
Means "skilled" in Arabic.
Mahlah f & m Biblical
From the Hebrew name מַחְלָה (Machlah), possibly from חָלָה (chalah) meaning "weak, sick". This name is used in the Old Testament as both a feminine and masculine name. In some versions of the Bible the masculine name is spelled Mahalah.
Mahli m Biblical
From the Hebrew name מַחְלִי (Machli), possibly meaning "weak, sick". This was the name of two characters mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
Mahmood m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic محمود (see Mahmud).
Mahmoud m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian محمود (see Mahmud).
Mahmud m Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Uzbek, Bengali, Indonesian, Malay
Means "praised" in Arabic, from the same root as Muhammad. This was the name of the first Muslim ruler of India (11th century). It was also borne by two Ottoman sultans.
Mahmut m Turkish
Turkish form of Mahmud.
Mahomet m Arabic (Anglicized)
Archaic transcription of Muhammad, based on the usual Latin spelling Mahometus.
Mahon m Irish
Anglicized form of Mathúin.
Mahpiya m & f Indigenous American, Sioux
From Dakota or Lakota maȟpíya meaning "cloud, sky". This is the first part of the names of the Dakota chief Mahpiya Wicasta (1780-1863), known as Cloud Man, and the Lakota chiefs Mahpiya Luta (1822-1909), known as Red Cloud, and Mahpiya Iyapato (1838-1905), known as Touch the Clouds.
Mahsa f Persian
Means "like the moon" in Persian.
Mahtab f Persian
Means "moonlight" in Persian.
Mahthildis f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Matilda.
Mahulena f Czech
Possibly inspired by Magdalena. The Czech author Julius Zeyer created it for a character in his play Radúz and Mahulena (1898).
Mahvash f Persian
Possibly means "moon-like" in Persian.
Mahzun m Turkish (Rare)
Means "sad" in Turkish.
Mai 1 f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (mai) meaning "plum, apricot" (refers specifically to the species Prunus mume).
Mai 2 f Japanese
From Japanese (mai) meaning "dance" or 麻衣 (mai) meaning "linen robe". It can also come from (ma) meaning "real, genuine" combined with (ai) meaning "love, affection". Other kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
Mai 3 f Estonian, Norwegian, Danish, Breton
Diminutive of Maria. This is also the Estonian and Norwegian name for the month of May.
Mai 4 f Arabic
Means "water" in Arabic, a dialectal variant of ماء (ma).
Maïa f French
French form of Maia 1.
Maia 1 f Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology, Portuguese, Georgian
From Greek μαῖα (maia) meaning "good mother, dame, foster mother", perhaps in origin a nursery form of μήτηρ (meter). In Greek and Roman mythology she was the eldest of the Pleiades, a group of stars in the constellation Taurus, who were the daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Her son by Zeus was Hermes.
Maia 2 f Roman Mythology
Probably from Latin maior meaning "greater". This was the name of a Roman goddess of spring, a companion (sometimes wife) of Vulcan. She was later conflated with the Greek goddess Maia. The month of May is named for her.
Maia 3 f Estonian, Basque
Estonian and Basque form of Maria.
Maialen f Basque
Basque form of Magdalene.
Maiara f Indigenous American, Tupi
From Tupi maya arya meaning "great-grandmother".
Maider f Basque
From the name of the goddess Mari 3 combined with Basque eder meaning "beautiful".
Maie f Estonian
Variant of Maia 3.
Máighréad f Irish
Irish form of Margaret.
Maighread f Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Margaret.
Maija f Finnish, Latvian
Finnish and Latvian variant of Maria or Marija.
Maike f Frisian, German
Frisian diminutive of Maria.
Maikel m Dutch (Modern), Spanish (Modern)
Dutch and Spanish variant of Michael (based on the English pronunciation).
Maiken f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian diminutive of Maria.
Mailcun m Old Welsh
Old Welsh form of Maelgwn.
Maile f Hawaiian
From the name of a type of vine that grows in Hawaii and is used in making leis.
Mailys f French
Variant of Maylis.
Maimu f Estonian
Means "little" in Estonian. This is the name of a girl in the story Maimu (1889) by the Estonian writer August Kitzberg.
Maimunah f Arabic (Rare), Malay, Indonesian
Alternate transcription of Arabic ميمونة (see Maymunah), as well as the usual Malay and Indonesian form.
Maina m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "sing, dance" in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations, each lasting about 30 years. The Maina generation occupied the last part of the 19th century.
Mainchín m Irish
Means "little monk", derived from Old Irish manach "monk" combined with a diminutive suffix. This name was borne by two early saints.
Mainchíne m Old Irish
Old Irish form of Mainchín.
Mainio m Finnish (Rare)
Means "excellent" in Finnish.
Mair f Welsh
Welsh form of Maria (see Mary).
Máire f Irish
Irish form of Maria (see Mary). The form Muire is used to refer to the Virgin Mary.
Maire f Finnish, Estonian
Derived from Finnish mairea meaning "gushing, sugary".
Máiréad f Irish
Irish form of Margaret.
Mairéad f Irish
Irish form of Margaret.
Mairead f Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Margaret.
Màiri f Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Maria (see Mary). The form Moire is used to refer to the Virgin Mary.
Máirín f Irish
Irish diminutive of Mary.
Máirtín m Irish
Irish form of Martin.
Mairwen f Welsh
Combination of Mair and Welsh gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed".
Maisie f Scottish, English
Scottish diminutive of Mairead. It was long used in the United Kingdom and Australia, becoming popular at the end of the 20th century. In the United States it was brought to public attention by the British actress Maisie Williams (1997-), who played Arya Stark on the television series Game of Thrones beginning 2011. Her birth name is Margaret.
Maite 1 f Spanish
Combination of María and Teresa.
Maite 2 f Basque
Means "beloved" in Basque.
Maitiú m Irish
Irish form of Matthew.
Maitland m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that was from a Norman French place name possibly meaning "inhospitable".
Maïwenn f French, Breton
Form of Maiwenn using French orthography.
Maiwenn f Breton
Combination of Mai 3 and Gwenn.
Maj 1 m Slovene
Either a masculine form of Maja 1, or else from the Slovene name for the month of May.
Maj 2 f Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Short form of Maja 1 or Maja 2. This is also the Swedish and Danish name for the month of May.
Maja 1 f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish
Form of Maia 1 in various languages.
Majda f Slovene, Croatian
Short form of Magdalena.
Majdi m Arabic
Means "glorious, praiseworthy" in Arabic, from the root مَجَدَ (majada) meaning "to be glorious".
Majid m Arabic
Means "glorious" in Arabic, from the root مَجَدَ (majada) meaning "to be glorious".
Majken f Danish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish diminutive of Maria.
Major m English
From an English surname that was originally derived from the given name Mauger, a Norman French form of the Germanic name Malger meaning "council spear". The name can also be given in reference to the English word major.
Makaio m Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Matthew.
Makana m & f Hawaiian
Means "gift" in Hawaiian.
Makar m Russian
Russian form of Makarios (see Macario).
Makara m & f Khmer
Means "January" in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit मकर (makara), referring to the constellation Capricornus.
Makari m Russian (Archaic)
Alternate transcription of Russian Макарий (see Makariy).
Makarios m Late Greek
Greek form of Macario.
Makariy m Russian (Archaic)
Russian form of Makarios (see Macario).
Makbule f Turkish
Means "liked" in Turkish.
Makeda f History
Possibly means "greatness" in Ethiopic. This was the name of an Ethiopian queen of the 10th-century BC. She is probably the same person as the Queen of Sheba, who visited Solomon in the Old Testament.
Makena f & m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "happy one" in Kikuyu.
Makhamat m Ossetian
Ossetian form of Muhammad.
Makhmud m Kazakh, Chechen
Kazakh and Chechen form of Mahmud.
Makoto m & f Japanese
From Japanese (makoto) meaning "sincerity", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations.
Makram m Arabic
Means "noble trait" in Arabic, from the root كَرُمَ (karuma) meaning "to be generous".
Maks m Russian, Ukrainian
Short form of Maksim or Maksym.
Maksim m Russian, Belarusian, Macedonian, Ukrainian
Russian, Belarusian and Macedonian form of Maximus, as well as an alternate transcription of Ukrainian Максим (see Maksym).
Maksimilian m Russian (Rare)
Russian form of Maximilianus (see Maximilian).
Maksimilijan m Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of Maximilianus (see Maximilian).
Maksym m Ukrainian, Polish
Ukrainian and Polish form of Maximus.
Maksymilian m Polish
Polish form of Maximilianus (see Maximilian).
Makvala f Georgian
Derived from Georgian მაყვალი (maqvali) meaning "blackberry".
Mala f Indian, Hindi
Means "necklace" in Sanskrit.
Malachi m Hebrew, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name מַלְאָכִי (Mal'akhi) meaning "my messenger" or "my angel". This is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Malachi, which some claim foretells the coming of Christ. In England the name came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
Malachy m Irish
Anglicized form of Máel Sechnaill or Máel Máedóc, influenced by the spelling of Malachi. Saint Malachy (in Irish, Máel Máedóc) was a 12th-century archbishop of Armagh renowned for his miracles.
Malai f Thai
Means "garland of flowers" in Thai.
Malaika f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "angel" in Swahili, derived from Arabic ملك (malak).
Malak f & m Arabic
Means "angel" in Arabic.
Malakai m Fijian, Tongan, English (Modern)
Fijian and Tongan form of Malachi, as well as a modern English variant.
Mal'akhi m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Malachi.
Malalai f Pashto
Means "sad, grieved" in Pashto. This was the name of a Pashtun woman who encouraged the Afghan forces during the 1880 Battle of Maiwand against the British.
Malandra f English (Rare)
Invented name using the popular name suffix andra, from names such as Sandra or Alexandra.
Malati f Indian, Hindi
Means "jasmine" in Sanskrit.
Malcolm m Scottish, English
Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Máel Coluim, which means "disciple of Saint Columba". This was the name of four kings of Scotland starting in the 10th century, including Malcolm III, who became king after killing Macbeth, the usurper who had murdered his father. The character Malcolm in Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth (1606) is based on him. Another famous bearer was Malcolm X (1925-1965), an American civil rights leader.
Malcom m English
Variant of Malcolm.
Maldwyn m Welsh
From Maldwyn, another name for the old Welsh county of Montgomeryshire. It is so called from Trefaldwyn, the Welsh name for the county town of Montgomery, misinterpreting it as if meaning "town of Maldwyn". In fact it means "town of Baldwin" (in Welsh both m and b mutate to f).
Maleficent f Popular Culture
From an English word meaning "harmful, evil", derived from Latin maleficens. This is the name of the villain in the animated Disney film Sleeping Beauty (1959).
Maleko m Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Mark.
Malena f Swedish, Spanish
Swedish and Spanish short form of Magdalena.
Malene f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian short form of Magdalena.
Małgorzata f Polish
Polish form of Margaret.
Małgosia f Polish
Diminutive of Małgorzata.
Mali f Thai
Means "jasmine" in Thai.
Malia f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Maria.
Mālie f Hawaiian
Means "calm" in Hawaiian.
Malik 1 m Arabic
Means "king" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الملك (al-Malik) is one of the 99 names of Allah. This can also be another way of transcribing the name مالك (see Maalik).
Malik 2 m Indigenous American, Greenlandic
Means "wave, sea" in Greenlandic.
Malika f Arabic
Means "queen" in Arabic, the feminine form of Malik 1.
Malin f Swedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian short form of Magdalene.
Malina 1 f Scottish
Feminine form of Malcolm.
Malina 2 f Bulgarian, Serbian, Polish
Means "raspberry" in several Slavic languages.
Malinalli f Indigenous American, Nahuatl
Means "tall grass" in Nahuatl.
Malinda f English
Variant of Melinda.
Malini f Indian, Hindi
Means "fragrant" in Sanskrit.
Malka f Hebrew
Means "queen" in Hebrew.
Malkhaz m Georgian
Possibly means "beautiful, elegant, youthful" in Georgian.
Malkhazi m Georgian
Form of Malkhaz with the nominative suffix, used when the name is written stand-alone.
Mallaidh f Irish (Rare)
Irish form of Molly.
Malle f Estonian, Medieval English
Estonian diminutive of Maria or Maarja, now used independently. This was also a medieval English diminutive of Mary.