Names Starting with M

gender
usage
Matthew m English, Biblical
English form of Ματθαῖος (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 Church Slavic form of Matthias.
Matthías m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Matthias.
Matthias m German, French, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From Greek Ματθίας (Matthias), a variant of Ματθαῖος (see Matthew). This form 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 (spelled Mátyás in Hungarian), 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.
Mattias m Swedish, Estonian
Swedish and Estonian form of Matthias.
Mattie f & m English
Diminutive of Matilda or Matthew.
Mattin m Basque
Basque form of Martinus (see Martin).
Mattis m Norwegian, Swedish, German
Norwegian, Swedish and German variant of Matthias.
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.
Matviy m Ukrainian
Ukrainian 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, Swedish
Medieval English and French 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 Tennyson's 1855 poem Maud.
Maude f English, French
Variant of Maud.
Maudie f English
Diminutive of Maud.
Māui 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, English
Anglicized form of Máire. It has also been associated with Irish mór meaning "great". This was the name of an obscure 5th-century Irish martyr.
Maureen f Irish, English
Anglicized form of Máirín.
Mauri m Finnish
Finnish form of Maurice.
Maurice m French, English
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).
Maurie m English
Diminutive of Maurice.
Maurine f English
Variant of Maureen.
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).
Mauro m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Maurus.
Maurus m Late Roman
Latin name meaning "North African, 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 (Rare)
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 (Rare)
Derived from the Irish phrase mo mhúirnín meaning "my darling".
Mavuto m 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, Finnish, Dutch, Czech, Russian, Catalan
Short form of Maximilian (or Maxwell in English). It is also an alternate transcription of Russian Макс (see Maks).... [more]
Maxen m Welsh
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, Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius, 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).
Màxim m Catalan
Catalan form of Maximus.
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.
Maximian m History
Usual English form of Maximianus, used to refer to the Roman emperor.
Maximiano m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Maximianus.
Maximianus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was derived from Maximus. This was the name of a 3rd-century Roman emperor (Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus) who ruled jointly with Diocletian.
Maximiliaan m Dutch
Dutch form of Maximilianus (see Maximilian).
Maximilián m Slovak
Slovak form of Maximilianus (see Maximilian).
Maximilian m German, English, Swedish, Norwegian (Rare), Danish (Rare)
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.
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).
Maxton m English (Modern)
Elaboration of Max using the popular name suffix ton.
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 wille "well, stream". A famous bearer of the surname was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.... [more]
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, an indigenous people of southern Mexico and parts of Central America whose civilization flourished between the 3rd and 8th centuries.
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.
Maybelline f English (Rare)
Diminutive of Mabel. This is an American cosmetics company, which was named after the founder's sister Mabel in 1915.
Mayeso m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "test (from God)" in Chewa.
Maylis f French
From the name of a town in southern France, said to derive 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.
Maymunah f Arabic (Rare)
Means "auspicious, blessed, favourable" in Arabic.
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, cause" 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.
Mazikeen f Popular Culture
From Hebrew מַזִּיקִין (mazziqin) meaning "damagers, harmful spirits", derived from מַזִּיק (mazziq) meaning "damaging". As a given name it is borne by a companion of Lucifer in the comic book series Lucifer, as well as on the 2016-2021 television adaptation.
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.
Mckayla f English (Modern)
Variant of Michaela, often spelled as McKayla with the third letter capitalized, as if it were an Irish or Scottish surname beginning with Mc.
McKenna f English (Modern)
From an Irish and Scottish surname, an Anglicized form of Mac Cionaodha, itself derived from the given name Cionaodh. As a given name, it was very rare before 1980. It rapidly increased in popularity during the 1990s, likely because it was viewed as an even more feminine alternative to Mackenzie.
McKinley f & m English
From a Scottish surname, an Anglicized form of Mac Fhionnlaigh, from the given name Fionnlagh. A famous bearer of the surname was the American president William McKinley (1843-1901).... [more]
Méabh f Irish, Irish Mythology
Modern Irish form of Medb (see Maeve).
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).
Meadhbh f Irish, Irish Mythology
Modern Irish form of Medb (see Maeve).
Meadow f English (Modern)
From the English word meadow, ultimately from Old English mædwe. Previously very rare, it rose in popularity after it was used as the name of Tony Soprano's daughter on the television series The Sopranos (1999-2007).
Meagan f English
Variant of Megan.
Meaghan f English
Variant of Megan.
Meallán m Irish (Rare)
From Old Irish Mellán, derived from mell meaning either "pleasant, delightful" or "lump, ball" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of a few early saints.
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.
Mecit 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), derived from μήδεα (medea) meaning "plans, counsel, cunning". 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.
Medine 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.
Meeli f Estonian
Feminine form of Meelis.
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.
Mégane f French (Modern)
French form of Megan. This name rapidly climbed in popularity beginning in the late 1980s, though it fell out of favour after the French car company Renault used it for one of their vehicles in 1995.
Meggy f Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of Margaret.
Meghan f English
Variant of Megan. A notable bearer is Meghan Markle (1981-), the American-born wife of the British royal Prince Harry.
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 by 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
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 "tall and slender, beautiful maiden" in Welsh (a compound of main "slender" and hir "tall").
Meino m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Meine.
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 beautiful maiden" from a Welsh compound of 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
From the name of the Welsh county of Meirionnydd, formerly a part of the kingdom of Gwynedd. It is probably derived from the Roman name 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.
Mekaisto m Indigenous American, Siksika
From Siksika Mí'kiai'stoowa meaning "red crow", from mi'ki "red" and mai'stóó "crow". Red Crow (1830-1900) was a chief of the Kainai Blackfoot.
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 Melania (see Melanie).
Melania f Italian, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, Late Roman
Italian, Spanish, Polish and Romanian 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.
Melaniya f Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Melania (see Melanie).
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.
Melcha f Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of Milcah used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
Melchior m Dutch (Rare), Judeo-Christian-Islamic 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, Tongan, Samoan
Means "song" in Hawaiian. This is also the Hawaiian, Tongan 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.
Melik m Turkish
Turkish form of Malik 1.
Melika f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Melissa.
Melike 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".
Melis f Turkish
Turkish form of Melissa.
Melisa f Spanish, Bosnian, Turkish
Spanish, Bosnian and Turkish form of Melissa.
Mélisande f French (Rare)
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 (Rare)
Hungarian form of Melissa.
Melita f Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Melite. However, 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.
Melite f Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μέλι (meli) meaning "honey" (genitive μέλιτος). This is the name of several figures from Greek mythology, including a nymph who was the mother of Hyllus by Herakles.
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.
Mellán m Old Irish
Old Irish form of Meallán.
Mellan m Irish (Rare)
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 (Rare)
Acronym of Russian Маркс, Энгельс, Ленин or 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 𐤌𐤋𐤊 (milk) meaning "king" and 𐤒𐤓𐤕 (qart) meaning "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 Scots surname that was originally from a Norman French place name Malleville 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, Swedish
From a Scots surname that was a variant of Melville. This name has been used in America since the 19th century. It became popular in the early 20th century and reached a peak in the late 1920s, but has steadily declined since then (closely mirroring the similar-sounding but unrelated names Marvin and Alvin).
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.
Menander m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Μένανδρος (Menandros), derived from either μένω (meno) meaning "to stay, to last" or μένος (menos) meaning "mind, strength, force" combined with ἀνήρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ἀνδρός). This was the name of a 4th-century BC Greek dramatist. It was also borne by a 2nd-century BC Indo-Greek king who expanded the realm to its greatest extent.
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 last" or μένος (menos) meaning "mind, strength, force" combined with λαός (laos) meaning "people". In Greek legend he was a king of Sparta and the husband of Helen. When his wife was taken by Paris, the Greeks led by his brother Agamemnon 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 (Hellenized)
Greek form of Egyptian mnj, possibly derived from mn "to endure". 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
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.
Meona'hane m Indigenous American, Cheyenne
Means "morning killer" in Cheyenne, derived from méo- "morning" and -na'hané "kill, coup".
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".