Names Starting with M

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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.
MAXIMÓN m Mythology
The name of a trickster folk deity, also called San Simón, worshipped by the Maya people in parts of Guatemala. He is a syncretic figure thought to have arisen during the Spanish conquest, and is typically represented by a man-sized, cigar-smoking, alcohol-drinking wooden effigy. The meaning of the name is uncertain. It could be a blend of Mam, a title of some of the Maya gods meaning "grandfather", and SIMÓN, referring to Saint Peter. Alternatively it might be related to Mayan max "tobacco".
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".
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 (1) f Japanese
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine" combined with (yumi) meaning "archery bow" or (yu) meaning "reason" and (mi) meaning "beautiful". This name can also be constructed from other kanji combinations.
MAYUMI (2) f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "tender, soft, modest" in Tagalog.
MAYUR m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Means "peacock" in Sanskrit.
MAZHAR m Turkish
Means "honoured" in Turkish.
MAZIN m Arabic
Means "rain clouds" in Arabic.
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.
MCKAYLA f English (Modern)
Variant of MICHAELA, often spelled as McKayla with the third letter capitalized, influenced by surnames beginning with Mc.
MCKENNA f English (Modern)
From a surname, the Gaelic form of which is Mac Cionaodha meaning "son of CIONAODH".
MCKINLEY f & m English
From a surname, the Gaelic form of which is Mac Fhionnlaigh meaning "son of FIONNLAGH". A famous bearer was the assassinated American president William McKinley (1843-1901).
MEADE m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that 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.
MEALLÁN m Irish
Possibly means "lightning" in Irish Gaelic.
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.
MECİT m Turkish
Turkish form of MAJID.
MEDAD m Biblical
Means "love" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Medad is one of the elders who prophesizes in the camp of the Israelites after the flight from Egypt.
MEDB f Irish Mythology
Original Irish form of MAEVE.
MEDEA f Greek Mythology (Latinized), Georgian
From Greek Μήδεια (Medeia), possibly derived from μήδομαι (medomai) meaning "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.
MEDHAT m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic مدحت (see MIDHAT).
MEDINA f Bosnian
Bosnian form of MADINA.
MEDİNE f Turkish
Turkish form of MADINA.
MEDORA f Literature
Created by Lord Byron for a character in his poem The Corsair (1814). It is not known what inspired Byron to use this name. The year the poem was published, it was used as the middle name of Elizabeth Medora Leigh (1814-1849), a niece and rumoured daughter of Byron.
MEDUSA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Μέδουσα (Medousa), which was derived from μέδω (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.
MEELIS m Estonian
From Estonian meel meaning "mind, mood".
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)).
MEES m Dutch
Diminutive of BARTHOLOMEUS.
MEG f English
Medieval diminutive of MARGARET. It is now also used as a short form of the related name MEGAN.
MEGA f & m Indonesian
Means "cloud" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit मेघ (megha).
MEGAERA f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Μέγαιρα (Megaira), which was derived from μεγαίρω (megairo) meaning "to grudge". This was the name of one of the Furies or Ἐρινύες (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.
MEGINFRID m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of MANFRED.
MEGINHARD m Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements magan "strength" and hard "brave, hardy".
MEGINRAT m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of MEINRAD.
MEGUMI f Japanese
From Japanese (megumi) meaning "favour, benefit" or (megumi) meaning "love, affection", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations that have the same reading. It is often written using the hiragana writing system.
MEHDI m Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Persian and North African form of MAHDI.
MEHETABEL f Biblical
From the Hebrew name מְהֵיטַבְאֵל (Meheitav'el) meaning "God makes happy". This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament.
MEHMED m Ottoman Turkish, Bosnian
Older form of MEHMET, as well as the Bosnian form. This was the name of six sultans of the Ottoman Empire, including Mehmed II the conqueror of Constantinople.
MEHMET m Turkish
Turkish form of MUHAMMAD. This name was borne sultans of the Ottoman Empire (with the older form Mehmed).
MEHMOOD m Urdu
Alternate transcription of Urdu محمود (see MEHMUD).
MEHMÛD m Kurdish
Kurdish form of MAHMUD.
MEHMUD m Urdu
Urdu form of MAHMUD.
MEHMUT m Uyghur
Uyghur form of MAHMUD.
MEHR m & f Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of MITHRA. As a Persian vocabulary word it means "friendship" and "sun". It is also the name of the seventh month of the Persian calendar. All these derive from the same source: the Indo-Iranian root *mitra meaning "oath, covenant, agreement".
MEHRAB m Persian, Literature
From مهر (Mehr), the Persian word for MITHRA, combined with Persian آب (ab) meaning "water". This is the name of the king of Kabul in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh.
MEHRDAD m Persian
From Persian مهر (mehr) meaning "sun" and داد (dad) meaning "given". Since مهر is also the Modern Persian form of MITHRA, this name can also function as a modern form of MITHRIDATES.
MEHRNAZ f Persian
From Persian مهر (mehr) meaning "friendship" or "sun" and ناز (naz) meaning "delight, comfort". This is the name of a character in the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh.
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 that 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.
MEICAL m Welsh
Welsh form of MICHAEL.
MEIKE f German, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MEINARD m Dutch (Rare)
Dutch variant form of MEGINHARD.
MEINDERT m Dutch
Dutch form of MEGINHARD.
MEINE m Frisian, Dutch, German
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element magan meaning "strength".
MEINHARD m German
German form of MEGINHARD.
MEINIR f Welsh
Means "maiden" in Welsh.
MEINRAD m German, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements magan "mighty, strong" and rad "counsel". Saint Meinrad was a 9th-century hermit who founded the Benedictine abbey at Einsiedeln in Switzerland.
MEINT m Dutch
Variant of MEINE.
MEINTJE f Dutch
Feminine form of MEINE.
MEINWEN f Welsh
Means "slender and white" from Welsh main "slender" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
MEIR m Hebrew
Means "giving light" in Hebrew.
MEIRA f Hebrew
Feminine form of MEIR.
MEIRION m Welsh
Welsh form of MARIANUS.
MEIRIONA f Welsh
Feminine form of MEIRION.
MEIRIT f Hebrew
Feminine form of MEIR.
MEITAL f Hebrew
Means "dew drop" in Hebrew.
MEJA f Swedish (Modern)
Possibly from a Low German diminutive of names beginning with the Germanic element magan meaning "strength". It was popularized by the Swedish singer Meja (1969-), born Anna Pernilla Torndahl.
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 μέλαινα (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 (Rare)
Czech form of MELANIE.
MELANIE f English, German, Dutch
From Mélanie, the French form of the Latin name Melania, derived from Greek μέλαινα (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]
MELANIJA f Serbian, Macedonian, Slovene, Latvian, Lithuanian
Form of MELANIE used in various languages.
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 ἄνθος (anthos) meaning "flower"). John Dryden used this name in his play Marriage a la Mode (1672).
MELANTHIOS m Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μέλας (melas) meaning "black, dark" and ἄνθος (anthos) meaning "flower". In Homer's epic the Odyssey this is the name of an insolent goatherd killed by Odysseus.
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.
MELCHIOR m Dutch, Judeo-Christian Legend
Possibly from the Hebrew roots מֶלֶכְ (melekh) meaning "king" and אוֹר ('or) meaning "light". This was a name traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who were said to have visited the newborn Jesus. According to medieval tradition he was a king of Persia.
MELCHIORRE m Italian
Italian form of MELCHIOR.
MELCHOL f Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of MICHAL (2).
MELCHOR m Spanish
Spanish form of MELCHIOR.
MELE f Hawaiian
Means "song" in Hawaiian. This name is also used as a Hawaiian and Samoan form of MARY.
MELECH m Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "king" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Micah (not the prophet).
MELEK (1) m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew מֶלֶך (see MELECH).
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 μέλι (meli) meaning "honey". This was the name of a nymph in Greek myth, the daughter of the Greek god Okeanos.
MELİK m Turkish
Turkish form of MALIK (1).
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 μέλι (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.
MELISIZWE m Southern African, Xhosa
Means "leader of the nation" in Xhosa.
MÉLISSA f French
French form of MELISSA.
MELISSA f English, Dutch, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "bee" in Greek. In Greek mythology this was the name of a daughter of Procles, as well as an epithet of various Greek nymphs and priestesses. According to the early Christian writer Lactantius this was the name of the sister of the nymph Amalthea, with whom she cared for the young Zeus. Later it appears in Ludovico Ariosto's 1516 poem Orlando Furioso belonging to the fairy who helps Ruggiero escape from the witch Alcina. As an English given name, Melissa has been used since the 18th century.
MELISSZA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of MELISSA.
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.
MELITON m Ancient Greek, Georgian
Derived from Greek μέλι (meli) meaning "honey" (genitive μέλιτος). This was the name of a 2nd-century bishop of Sardis who is regarded as a saint in the Orthodox Church.
MELITTA f Ancient Greek, German
Ancient Attic Greek variant of MELISSA.
MELKER m Swedish
Swedish form of MELCHIOR.
MELLAN m Irish
Anglicized form of MEALLÁN.
MELLE m Dutch
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element mathal meaning "meeting".
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 μέλος (melos) meaning "song" combined with ἀείδω (aeido) meaning "to sing".
MELOR m Russian
Acronym of Russian Маркс, Энгельс, Ленин, Октябрьская Революция (Marx, Engels, Lenin, October Revolution). This name commemorates the creation of the former Soviet state. It was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.
MELPOMENE f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek μέλπω (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.
MELQART m Semitic Mythology
Means "king of the city", from Phoenician mlk "king" and qrt "city". This was the name of a Phoenician god worshipped especially in the city of Tyre.
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.
MELVILLE m English
From a Scottish surname that was originally from a Norman French place name meaning "bad town". A famous bearer of the surname was the American author Herman Melville (1819-1891), who wrote several novels including Moby-Dick.
MELVIN m English
From a Scottish surname that probably originated as a variant of MELVILLE.
MELVYN m English
Variant of MELVIN.
MEMPHIS m English (Modern)
From the name of an important city of ancient Egypt, or the city in Tennessee that was named after it. It is derived from a Greek form of Egyptian Mn-nfr meaning "enduring beauty".
MENAHEM m Biblical, Hebrew
From the Hebrew name מְנַחֵם (Menachem) meaning "comforter". This was the name of a king of Israel, appearing in the Old Testament. His reign was noted for its brutality.
MENASHE m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of MANASSEH.
MENASHSHEH m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of MANASSEH.
MENDEL m Yiddish
Originally this was probably a Yiddish diminutive of MANNO. It is now used as a diminutive of MENAHEM.
MENELAUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek name Μενέλαος (Menelaos), derived either from μένω (meno) meaning "to stay, to wait" or μένος (menos) meaning "mind, strength, force" combined with λαός (laos) meaning "the people". In Greek legend he was a king of Sparta and the husband of Helen. When his wife was taken by Paris, the Greeks besieged the city of Troy in an effort to get her back. After the war Menelaus and Helen settled down to a happy life.
MENES m Ancient Egyptian
Meaning unknown. Menes was an Egyptian king who united Upper and Lower Egypt around 3000 BC. He is also known as Narmer; Menes was probably his funeral name.
MENNA f Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "favour, grace" in Arabic.
MENNATULLAH f Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "grace of ALLAH", from Arabic منّة (minnah) meaning "favour, grace" combined with الله (Allah).
MENNO m Dutch, German
Diminutive of MEINE.
MENODORA f Ancient Greek
Means "gift of the moon", derived from Greek μήνη (mene) meaning "moon" and δῶρον (doron) meaning "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who was martyred with her sisters Metrodora and Nymphodora.
MENSUR m Bosnian
Bosnian form of MANSUR.
MENTOR m Greek Mythology
Possibly related to Greek μένος (menos) meaning "mind, strength, force". In Greek legend Mentor was the son of Alkimos. When Odysseus left to fight in the Trojan War he entrusted Mentor with the care of his palace and the guardianship of his son Telemachos. When the goddess Athena visited Telemachos she took the guise of Mentor.
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.
MERAB (2) m Georgian
Georgian form of MEHRAB.
MERAL f Turkish
Turkish form of MARAL.
MERARI m Biblical
Means "bitter" in Hebrew. This is the name of the youngest son of Levi 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.
MERCURIO m Italian
Italian form of MERCURY.
MERCURY m Roman Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Latin Mercurius, probably derived from Latin mercari "to trade" or merces "wages". This was the name of the Roman god of trade, merchants, and travellers, later equated with the Greek god Hermes. This is also the name of the first planet in the solar system and a metallic chemical element, both named for the god.
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.
MERDAN m Turkmen
From Persian مردانه (mardaneh) meaning "manly, masculine".
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).
MEREDYDD m Welsh
Welsh form of MEREDITH.
MEREL f Dutch
Means "blackbird" in Dutch.
MERERID f Welsh
Welsh form of MARGARET.
MERETE f Danish
Danish form of MARGARET.
MERFYN m Welsh
Older Welsh form of MERVYN.
MERGEN m Turkmen
Means "sharp-eyed" in Turkmen.
MERI (1) f Finnish
Means "the sea" in Finnish.
MERI (2) f Georgian
Georgian form of MARIE.
MERIDA f Popular Culture
The name of the main character in the Disney/Pixar movie Brave (2012) about a medieval Scottish princess. The meaning of her name is unexplained, though it could be based on the Spanish city of Mérida, derived from Latin Emerita Augusta meaning "veterans of AUGUSTUS", so named because it was founded by the emperor Augustus as a colony for his veterans.
MERIEM f Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Arabic مريم (see MARYAM) chiefly used in Northern Africa.
MERILYN f English
Variant of MARILYN.
MERIT (1) m English (Rare)
Either a variant of MERRITT or else simply from the English word merit, ultimately from Latin meritus "deserving".
MERIT (2) f Swedish
Variant of MARIT.
MERITA f Esperanto
Means "meritorious, worthy" 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".
MERIWETHER m English (Rare)
From a surname meaning "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person. A notable bearer of the name was Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809), who, with William Clark, explored the west of North America.
MERJA f Finnish
Possibly from the name of an ancient Finnish tribe.
MERJEM f Bosnian
Bosnian form of Miriam (see MARY).
MERJEMA f Bosnian
Bosnian variant form of Miriam (see MARY).
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.
MERLIN m Arthurian Romance, English
Form of the Welsh name Myrddin (meaning "sea fortress") used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his 12th-century Arthurian tales. Writing in Latin, he likely chose the form Merlinus over Merdinus in order to prevent associations with French merde "excrement".... [more]
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.
MEROPE f Greek Mythology
From Greek μέρος (meros) meaning "share, part" and ὄψ (ops) meaning "face, eye". This was the name of several characters in Greek mythology, including the seventh of the Pleiades and the foster mother of Oedipus.
MERRICK m English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally derived from the Welsh given name MEURIG.
MERRILL m English
From an English surname that was derived either from the given name MURIEL or from place names meaning "pleasant hill".
MERRION m Welsh
Variant of MEIRION.
MERRITT m English
From an English surname, originally from a place name, which meant "boundary gate" in Old English.
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.
MERRY (2) m Literature
The name of a hobbit in J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings (1954). His full given name was Meriadoc, a semi-translation into English of his true hobbit name Kalimac meaning "jolly, merry".
MERRYN f Cornish
Meaning unknown. This was the name of an early Cornish (male) saint.
MERT m Turkish
Means "manly, brave" in Turkish, from Persian مرد (mard) meaning "man".
MERTEN m German (Rare)
Medieval Low German variant of MARTIN.
MERTON m English
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "town on a lake" in Old English.
MERV m English
Short form of MERVYN.
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).
MERVIN m Welsh, English
Variant of MERVYN.
MERVYN m Welsh, English
From the Welsh name Merfyn, which possibly meant "marrow famous". This was the name of a 9th-century Welsh king, Merfyn Frych.
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.
MESHACH m Biblical
Possibly means "who is what Aku is?" in Akkadian, Aku being the name of the Babylonian god of the moon. In the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament this is the Babylonian name of Mishael, one of the three men cast into a blazing furnace but saved from harm by God.
MESHULAM m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew transcription of MESHULLAM.
MESHULLAM m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means either "paid for" or "friend" in Hebrew. This is the name of many characters in the Old Testament.
MESSIAH m Theology, English (Modern)
From the English word meaning "saviour", ultimately from Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (mashiyach) meaning "anointed". The word appears in the Old Testament referring to a future king of the Jewish people. In the New Testament it is translated as Christ and is used as a title of Jesus.
MESUD m Ottoman Turkish
Older Turkish form of MAS'UD. This was the name of several Seljuq sultans of Rûm.
MESUT m Turkish
Turkish form of MAS'UD.
META f German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
German and Scandinavian short form of MARGARET.
METE m Turkish
Turkish form of MODU.
METEHAN m Turkish
Combination of METE and Turkish han meaning "khan, ruler, leader", referring to the 3rd-century BC Xiongnu ruler Modu Chanyu.
METHOATASKE f Native American, Shawnee
Means "turtle laying its eggs" in Shawnee.
METHODIUS m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Μεθόδιος (Methodios), derived from Greek μέθοδος (methodos) meaning "pursuit" or "method", ultimately from μετά (meta) meaning "with" and ὁδός (hodos) meaning "road". Saint Methodius was a Greek missionary to the Slavs who developed the Cyrillic alphabet (with his brother Cyril) in order to translate the Bible into Slavic.
METHUSELAH m Biblical
Means "man of the dart" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the father of Lamech and the grandfather of Noah. He lived to age 969, making him the longest-lived person in the Bible.
METI f Eastern African, Oromo
Means "umbrella" in Oromo.
METİN m Turkish
Means "strong" in Turkish.
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.
METOD m Slovene, Slovak
Slovene and Slovak form of METHODIUS.
METODĚJ m Czech
Czech form of METHODIUS.
METODIJ m Macedonian
Macedonian form of METHODIUS.
METODIJA m Macedonian
Macedonian form of METHODIUS.
METODY m Polish (Rare)
Polish form of METHODIUS.
METRODORA f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μήτηρ (meter) meaning "mother" (genitive μητρός) and δῶρον (doron) meaning "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr who was killed with her sisters Menodora and Nymphodora.
METROPHANES m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μήτηρ (meter) meaning "mother" (genitive μητρός) and φανής (phanes) meaning "appearing". Saint Metrophanes was the first bishop of Byzantium (4th century).
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