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MARKETTA f Finnish
Finnish form of MARGARET.
MARKKU m Finnish
Finnish form of MARK.
MARKOS m Greek, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of Marcus (see MARK).
MARKUS m German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
German, Scandinavian and Finnish form of MARK.
MARKUSS m Latvian
Latvian form of MARK.
MARLA f English
Shortened form of MARLENE.
MARLEEN f Dutch, English
Dutch form and English variant of MARLENE.
MARLEN (1) m Russian
Blend of Marx and Lenin. This name was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.
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 that 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.
MARLIN m English
Possibly a variant of MERLIN.
MARLIS f German
Combination of MARIA and LIESE.
MARLOES f Dutch
Combination of MARIA and LOES.
MARLON m English
Meaning unknown. This name was popularized by the American actor Marlon Brando (1924-2004), who was named after his father.
MARLOWE f English (Modern)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "remnants of a lake" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the English playwright Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593).
MARLYN f English
Variant of MARILYN.
MARMADUKE m English (British, Rare)
Possibly derived from the Old Irish name MÁEL MÁEDÓC. This name has been traditionally used in the Yorkshire area of Britain.
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.
MARNIX m Dutch
From a Dutch surname of unknown meaning.
MARQUINHOS m Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of MARCOS.
MARQUIS m African American
From a noble title that derives from the Old French word marche "march, borderland". The title originally referred to someone who ruled on the borderlands of a realm.
MARQUISE m African American (Modern)
Variant of MARQUIS. Technically, marquise is the feminine form of the title marquis.
MARQUITA f African American
Feminine variant of MARQUIS.
MARS m Roman Mythology
Possibly related to Latin mas "male" (genitive maris). In Roman mythology Mars was the god of war, often equated with the Greek god Ares. This is also the name of the fourth planet in the solar system.
MARSAILI f Scottish
Scottish form of both MARJORIE and MARCELLA.
MARSHA f English
Variant of MARCIA.
MARSHAL m English
Variant of MARSHALL.
MARSHALL m English
From a surname that originally denoted a person who was a marshal. The word marshal originally derives from Germanic marah "horse" and scalc "servant".
MÁRTA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of MARTHA.
MÄRTA f Swedish
Swedish short form of MARGARETA.
MARTE (1) f Norwegian
Norwegian variant of MARTHA.
MARTE (2) m Roman Mythology (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of MARS.
MÅRTEN m Swedish
Swedish form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTEN m Dutch
Dutch form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
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.
MARTÍ m Catalan
Catalan form of MARTIN.
MARTIAL m History
From the Roman cognomen Martialis, which was derived from the name of the Roman god MARS. The name was borne by Marcus Valerius Martialis, now commonly known as Martial, a Roman poet of the 1st century.
MARTIALIS m Ancient Roman
Original Latin form of MARTIAL.
MARTIE m & f English
Diminutive of MARTIN, MARTINA or MARTHA.
MARTIJN m Dutch
Dutch form of MARTIN.
MARTIM m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTÍN m Spanish
Spanish form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTÎN m Norman
Norman form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTIN m English, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Finnish
From the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god MARS. Saint Martin of Tours was a 4th-century bishop who is the patron saint of France. According to legend, he came across a cold beggar in the middle of winter so he ripped his cloak in two and gave half of it to the beggar. He was a favourite saint during the Middle Ages, and his name has become common throughout the Christian world.... [more]
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).
MARTINHO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTINO m Italian
Italian form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MĀRTIŅŠ m Latvian
Latvian form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTINS m Latvian
Latvian variant of MĀRTIŅŠ.
MARTINUS m Ancient Roman, Dutch
Original Latin form of MARTIN. This is also the official Dutch form of the name, used on birth certificates but commonly rendered Maarten or Marten in daily life.
MARTIRIO f Spanish
Means "martyrdom" in Spanish.
MARTITA f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of MARTA.
MÁRTON m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTTA f Finnish
Finnish form of MARTHA.
MARTTI m Finnish
Finnish form of MARTIN.
MÁRTUSKA f Hungarian
Diminutive of MÁRTA.
MARTY m English
Diminutive of MARTIN.
MARTYN m Welsh, Ukrainian
Welsh and Ukrainian form of MARTIN.
MARTYNA f Polish
Polish feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTYNAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARTZEL m Basque
Basque form of MARCELLUS.
MARUF m Arabic, Bengali
Means "favour, kindness" in Arabic.
MARUŠA f Slovene
Diminutive of MARIJA.
MARUXA f Galician
Galician diminutive of MARIA.
MARVA f English
Feminine form of MARVIN.
MARVIN m English, German
Probably from an English surname that was derived from the given name MERVYN. A famous bearer was the American musician Marvin Gaye (1939-1984).
MARWA f Arabic
From the Arabic name of a fragrant plant. Al-Marwa is one of the names of a sacred hill near Mecca.
MARWIN m German
German variant of MARVIN.
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, Bashkir, Tatar
Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Bashkir and Tatar 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.
MARY ANN f English
Combination of MARY and ANN.
MARYANN f English
Combination of MARY and ANN.
MARY ANNE f English
Combination of MARY and ANNE (1).
MARYANNE f English
Combination of MARY and ANNE (1).
MARY BETH f English
Combination of MARY and BETH.
MARYBETH f English
Combination of MARY and BETH.
MARYIA f Belarusian
Belarusian form of MARIA.
MARY JANE f English
Combination of MARY and JANE.
MARY JO f English
Combination of MARY and JO.
MARYLA f Polish
Polish diminutive of MARIA.
MARY LOU f English
Combination of MARY and LOU.
MARYLOU f English
Combination of MARY and LOU.
MARYLYN f English
Variant of MARILYN.
MARYNA f Ukrainian, Belarusian
Ukrainian and Belarusian form of MARINA.
MARYSE f French
French diminutive of MARIE.
MARYVONNE f French
Combination of MARIE and YVONNE.
MARZANNA (1) f Polish
Probably a Polish variant of MARIANNA.
MARZELL m German (Rare)
German variant of MARCELLUS.
MARZENA f Polish
Probably originally a Polish diminutive of MARIA or MAŁGORZATA.
MARZIA f Italian
Italian form of MARCIA.
MARZIO m Italian
Italian form of MARCIUS.
MÁŠA f Czech
Czech form of MASHA.
MAŠA f Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of MASHA.
MASAHIKO m Japanese
From Japanese (masa) meaning "elegant, graceful" or (masa) meaning "right, proper" combined with (hiko) meaning "boy, prince". This name can be formed from other kanji combinations as well.
MASAMBA m Eastern African, Yao
Means "leaves, vegetables" in Yao.
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.
MASARU m Japanese
From Japanese (masaru) meaning "victory" or (masaru) meaning "excellence". Other kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
MASASHI m Japanese
From Japanese (masa) meaning "government" or (masa) meaning "elegant, graceful" combined with (shi) meaning "will, purpose". Many other kanji combinations can form this name as well.
MASEGO f Southern African, Tswana
Means "blessings" in Tswana.
MASHA f Russian
Russian diminutive of MARIYA.
MASON m English
From an English surname meaning "stoneworker", from an Old French word of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian "to make").
MASOOD m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian مسعود (see MAS'UD).
MASOUD m Arabic, Persian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Persian مسعود (see MAS'UD).
MASOUMEH f Persian
Persian form of MASUMA.
MASOZI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "tears" in Tumbuka.
MASSIMILIANO m Italian
Italian form of MAXIMILIAN.
MASSIMO m Italian
Italian form of MAXIMUS.
MASSOUD m Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مسعود (see MAS'UD).
MASTERMAN m English (Rare)
From a surname that originally belonged to a person who worked as a servant.
MAS'UD m Arabic, Persian
Means "lucky" in Arabic.
MASUD m Bengali
Bengali form of MAS'UD.
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.
MAT m English
Short form of MATTHEW.
MATAN m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew transcription of MATTAN.
MATAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of MATTHEW.
MÁTÉ m Hungarian
Hungarian form of MATTHEW.
MATE (1) m Georgian
Georgian form of MATTHEW.
MATE (2) m Croatian
Diminutive of MATEJ or MATIJA.
MATEA f Croatian
Croatian feminine form of MATEO.
MATEI m Romanian
Romanian form of MATTHEW.
MATĚJ m Czech
Czech form of MATTHIAS, used to refer to the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot.
MATEJ m Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Slovak form of MATTHIAS, used to refer to the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. Also the Slovene, Croatian and Macedonian form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATEJA (1) f Slovene, Croatian
Feminine form of MATEJ.
MATEJA (2) m Serbian
Serbian variant of MATIJA.
MATÉO m French
French form of MATEO or MATTEO.
MATEO m Spanish, Croatian
Spanish form of MATTHEW. This form is also sometimes used in Croatia, from the Italian form MATTEO.
MATEU m Catalan
Catalan form of MATTHEW.
MATEUS m Portuguese
Portuguese form of MATTHEW.
MATEUSZ m Polish
Polish form of MATTHEW.
MATEVOS m Armenian (Rare)
Armenian form of MATTHEW.
MATEVŽ m Slovene
Slovene variant of MATTHEW.
MATEY m Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of MATTHEW.
MATFEY m Russian
Older Russian form of MATTHEW.
MATH m Welsh Mythology
Possibly from Celtic matu meaning "bear". According to the Mabinogion, Math ap Mathonwy was a king of Gwynedd and a magician. He was the uncle of the hero Gwydion.
MATHEA f Norwegian
Norwegian feminine form of MATHIAS.
MATHÉO m French (Modern)
French form of MATEO or MATTEO.
MATHEO m Norwegian (Modern), Swedish (Modern)
Norwegian and Swedish form of MATEO or MATTEO.
MATHEW m English
Variant of MATTHEW.
MATHGHAMHAIN m Ancient Irish
Means "bear" in Irish Gaelic. This was the name of a brother of the Irish king Brian Boru.
MATHIEU m French
French variant form of MATTHEW.
MATHIJS m Dutch
Dutch form of MATTHIAS.
MATHILDE f French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish
Form of MATILDA in several languages.
MATHIS m German, French
German and French form of MATTHIAS.
MATHÚIN m Irish
Modern Irish form of MATHGHAMHAIN.
MATHYS m French
French variant of MATTHIAS.
MATIA m Basque
Basque form of MATTHEW.
MATÍAS m Spanish
Spanish form of MATTHIAS.
MATIAS m Finnish, Portuguese
Finnish and Portuguese form of MATTHIAS.
MATIC m Slovene
Slovene variant form of MATTHIAS.
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.
MATĪSS m Latvian
Latvian form of MATTHEW.
MATJAŽ m Slovene
Slovene variant of MATTHIAS.
MATKO m Croatian
Diminutive of MATEJ or MATIJA.
MATLEENA f Finnish
Finnish form of MAGDALENE.
MATO m Croatian
Diminutive of MATEJ or MATIJA.
MATOUŠ m Czech
Czech form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATRONA f Russian, Late Roman
Means "lady" in Late Latin. This was the name of three early saints.
MATRYONA f Russian
Variant of MATRONA.
MATS m Swedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian short form of MATTHIAS.
MATT m English
Short form of MATTHEW.
MATTAN m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "gift" in Hebrew. This was the name of the father of Shephatiah in the Old Testament.
MATTANIAH m Biblical
Means "gift of YAHWEH" in Hebrew. This was the original name of Zedekiah, a king of Judah, in the Old Testament.
MATTEA f Italian
Italian feminine form of MATTHEW.
MATTÉO m French
French form of MATTEO or MATEO.
MATTEO m Italian
Italian form of MATTHEW.
MATTEUS m Swedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATTHAIOS m Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of Mattityahu (see MATTHEW).
MATTHAN m Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MATTAN used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. This form of the name is also used in English versions of the New Testament, being borne by the great-grandfather of Jesus.
MATTHÄUS m German
German form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATTHEI m Old Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of MATTHEW.
MATTHEW m English, Biblical
English form of Ματθαιος (Matthaios), which was a Greek form of the Hebrew name מַתִּתְיָהוּ (Mattityahu) meaning "gift of YAHWEH", from the roots מַתָּן (mattan) meaning "gift" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. Matthew, also called Levi, was one of the twelve apostles. He was a tax collector, and supposedly the author of the first gospel in the New Testament. He is considered a saint in many Christian traditions. The variant Matthias also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a separate apostle. The name appears in the Old Testament as Mattithiah.... [more]
MATTHIA m Old Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of MATTHIAS.
MATTHIAS m German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Variant of Matthaios (see MATTHEW), which appears in the New Testament as the name of the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot. This was also the name of kings of Hungary, including Matthias I who made important reforms to the kingdom in the 15th century.
MATTHIEU m French
Variant of MATHIEU.
MATTHIJS m Dutch
Dutch form of MATTHIAS.
MATTI m Finnish
Finnish form of MATTHEW.
MATTIA m Italian
Italian form of MATTHIAS.
MATTIE f & m English
Diminutive of MATILDA or MATTHEW.
MATTIN m Basque
Basque form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MATTITHIAH m Biblical
Form of Mattityahu (see MATTHEW) used in the English Old Testament, where it belongs to a few minor characters.
MATTITHYAHU m Biblical Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Ancient Hebrew מַתִּתְיָהוּ (see MATTITYAHU).
MATTS m Swedish
Variant of MATS.
MATTY (1) m English
Diminutive of MATTHEW.
MATTY (2) f Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of MARTHA.
MATÚŠ m Slovak
Slovak form of MATTHEW, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.
MATVEI m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Матвей (see MATVEY).
MATVEY m Russian
Russian form of MATTHEW.
MATXIN m Basque
Diminutive of MATTIN.
MÁTYÁS m Hungarian
Hungarian form of MATTHIAS. This was the name of two Hungarian kings.
MATYÁŠ m Czech
Czech form of MATTHIAS (via Hungarian Mátyás).
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.
MAUNO m Finnish
Finnish form of MAGNUS.
MAUNU m Finnish
Variant of MAUNO.
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.
MAURI m Finnish
Finnish form of MAURICE.
MAURICE m English, French
From the Roman name Mauritius, a derivative of MAURUS. Saint Maurice was a 3rd-century Roman soldier from Egypt. He and the other Christians in his legion were supposedly massacred on the orders of Emperor Maximian for refusing to worship Roman gods. Thus, he is the patron saint of infantry soldiers.... [more]
MAURICETTE f French
French feminine form of MAURICE.
MAURÍCIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Mauritius (see MAURICE).
MAURICIO m Spanish
Spanish form of Mauritius (see MAURICE).
MAURITIUS m Late Roman
Latin form of MAURICE.
MAURITS m Dutch
Dutch form of MAURICE.
MAURIZIA f Italian
Feminine form of MAURIZIO.
MAURIZIO m Italian
Italian form of Mauritius (see MAURICE).
MAURUS m Late Roman
Latin name meaning "dark-skinned, Moorish". This was the name of numerous early saints, most notably a follower of Saint Benedict.
MAURYCY m Polish
Polish form of MAURICE.
MAVE f Irish
Variant of MAEVE.
MAVERICK m English
Derived from the English word maverick meaning "independent". The word itself is derived from the surname of a 19th-century Texas rancher who did not brand his calves.
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.
MAWULI m Western African, Ewe
Means "God lives" in Ewe.
MAWUNYO m & f Western African, Ewe
Means "God is good" in Ewe.
MAX m German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Russian
Short form of MAXIMILIAN (or sometimes of MAXWELL in English). It is also an alternate transcription of Russian Макс (see MAKS).
MAXEN m Welsh (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of MACSEN.
MAXENCE m French
French form of the Roman name Maxentius, a derivative of Latin maximus "greatest". This was the agnomen of an early 4th-century Roman emperor, a rival of Constantine. It was also borne by a 6th-century saint from Agde in France.
MAXI m & f Spanish, German
Spanish short form of MAXIMILIANO (masculine) or German short form of MAXIMILIANE (feminine) or MAXIMILIAN (masculine).
MAXIM m Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech
Alternate transcription of Russian Максим or Belarusian Максім (see MAKSIM) or Ukrainian Максим (see MAKSYM). This is also the Czech form.
MÁXIMA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIME m French
French form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMIANO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of MAXIMIANUS.
MAXIMIANUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was derived from MAXIMUS.
MAXIMILIAAN m Dutch
Dutch form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
MAXIMILIÁN m Slovak
Slovak form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
MAXIMILIAN m German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Roman name Maximilianus, which was derived from MAXIMUS. It was borne by a 3rd-century saint and martyr. In the 15th century the Holy Roman emperor Frederick III gave this name to his son and eventual heir. In this case it was a blend of the names of the Roman generals Fabius Maximus and Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus (see EMILIANO), who Frederick admired. It was subsequently borne by a second Holy Roman emperor, two kings of Bavaria, and a short-lived Habsburg emperor of Mexico.
MAXIMILIANE f German
German feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXIMILIANO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
MAXIMILIEN m French
French form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
MAXIMILIENNE f French (Rare)
French feminine form of MAXIMILIAN.
MAXIMINO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of MAXIMINUS.
MAXIMINUS m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was derived from MAXIMUS. Saint Maximinus was a 4th-century bishop of Trier.
MÁXIMO m Spanish
Spanish form of MAXIMUS.
MAXIMUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was derived from Latin maximus "greatest". Saint Maximus was a monk and theologian from Constantinople in the 7th century.
MAXINE f English
Feminine form of MAX. It has been commonly used only since the beginning of the 20th century.
MAXMILIÁN m Czech
Czech form of Maximilianus (see MAXIMILIAN).
MAXWELL m English
From a Scottish surname meaning "Mack's stream", from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name MAGNUS, combined with Old English wella "stream". A famous bearer of the surname was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.
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.
MAYNARD m English
From an English surname that was derived from the Germanic given name MEGINHARD.
MAYRBEK m Chechen
Derived from Nakh майра (mayra) meaning "husband, brave man" combined with the Turkish military title beg meaning "chieftain, master".