Names Starting with M

gender
usage
Milovan m Serbian
From Serbian миловати (milovati) meaning "to caress".
Miltiades m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μίλτος (miltos) meaning "red earth" and the patronymic suffix ἴδης (ides). This was the name of the general who led the Greek forces to victory against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.
Milton m English
From an English surname that was derived from a place name meaning "mill town" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was John Milton (1608-1674), the poet who wrote Paradise Lost.
Miluše f Czech
Diminutive of names beginning with the Slavic element milu "gracious, dear".
Miluška f Czech
Diminutive of names beginning with the Slavic element milu "gracious, dear".
Milvi f Estonian
Coined by Estonian writer Mats Tõnisson in 1914, of uncertain meaning.
Mimi f English
Diminutive of Maria and other names beginning with M.
Min m & f Chinese, Korean
From (mǐn) meaning "quick, clever, sharp", (mín) meaning "people, citizens", or other Chinese/Sino-Korean characters that are pronounced similarly.
Mina 1 f English, Dutch, Limburgish
Short form of Wilhelmina and other names ending in mina. This was the name of a character in the novel Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker.
Mina 2 f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil
Means "fish" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the daughter of the Hindu goddess Ushas as well as the daughter of the god Kubera.
Mina 3 f Persian
Means "azure, enamel" in Persian.
Minako f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful", (na), a phonetic character, and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Minakshi f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
From Sanskrit मीन (mina) meaning "fish" and अक्षि (akshi) meaning "eye". This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
Minali f Indian, Hindi
Means "fish catcher" in Sanskrit.
Minato m & f Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese (minato) meaning "harbour", as well as other combinations of kanji having the same pronunciation.
Mincho m Bulgarian
Bulgarian diminutive of Mihail.
Mindaugas m Lithuanian
Possibly from Lithuanian mintis "thought" or minti "remember" combined with daug "much". This was the name of a 13th-century ruler of Lithuania.
Mindy f English
Diminutive of Melinda.
Minea f Finnish
Created by the Finnish writer Mika Waltari for a character in his historical novel The Egyptian (1945). He may have based it on the name Minos, as the character is herself of Cretan origin.
Minenhle f & m Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imini "day" and hle "beautiful".
Minerva f Roman Mythology, English, Spanish
Possibly derived from Latin mens meaning "intellect", but more likely of Etruscan origin. Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom and war, approximately equivalent to the Greek goddess Athena. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since after the Renaissance.
Ming m & f Chinese
From Chinese (míng) meaning "bright, light, clear" or (míng) meaning "inscribe, engrave", as well as other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Minh m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (minh) meaning "bright". This was an adopted name of the communist revolutionary Hồ Chí Minh (1890-1969).
Min-Ji f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" combined with (ji) meaning "wisdom, intellect" or (ji) meaning "know, perceive, comprehend". Other hanja combinations are possible.
Min-Jun m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" or (min) meaning "gentle, affable" combined with (jun) meaning "talented, handsome". Other hanja combinations are possible.
Minke m & f Frisian, Dutch
Diminutive and feminine form of Meine.
Minko m Bulgarian
Bulgarian diminutive of Mihail.
Minna f German (Archaic), Finnish, Swedish
Means "love" in Old German, specifically medieval courtly love. It is also used as a short form of Wilhelmina. This is the name of the title character in the play Minna von Barnhelm (1767) by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.
Minnie f English
Diminutive of Wilhelmina. This name was used by Walt Disney for the cartoon character Minnie Mouse, introduced 1928.
Minodora f Romanian
Romanian form of Menodora.
Minoo f Persian
Means "heaven, paradise" in Persian.
Minoru m & f Japanese
From Japanese (minoru) meaning "to bear fruit", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
Minos m Greek Mythology
Possibly from a Cretan word or title meaning "king". This was the name of a king of Crete in Greek mythology. He was the son of Zeus and Europa. Because Minos had refused to sacrifice a certain bull to Poseidon, the god had caused his wife Pasiphaë to mate with the bull, which produced the half-bull creature called the Minotaur. Minos had Daedalus construct the Labyrinth to house the beast, but it was eventually slain by Theseus.
Min-Seo f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "people, citizens" or (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" combined with (seo) meaning "slowly, calmly, composed, dignified" or (seo) meaning "series, sequence". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
Min-Su m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (min) meaning "people, citizens" or (min) meaning "gentle, affable" combined with (su) meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding" or (su), which refers to a river in China. Other hanja combinations are possible.
Minta f English
Short form of Araminta.
Minttu f Finnish
Means "mint" in Finnish.
Mintxo m Basque
Basque diminutive of Firmin.
Minty f English (Rare)
Diminutive of Araminta.
Minu f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مینو (see Minoo).
Mio f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" combined with (o) meaning "cherry blossom" or (o) meaning "thread". Other kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
Miodrag m Serbian, Croatian
Derived from the element mio, a Serbo-Croatian form of the Slavic element milu meaning "dear", combined with dragu meaning "precious".
Miomir m Serbian
Derived from the element mio, a Serbian form of the Slavic element milu meaning "dear", combined with miru meaning "peace" or "world".
Miquel m Catalan
Catalan form of Michael.
Míra f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Mira 2.
Mira 1 f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
Means "sea, ocean" in Sanskrit. This was the name of a 16th-century Indian princess who devoted her life to the god Krishna.
Mira 2 f Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Polish
Short form of names containing the Slavic element miru meaning "peace" or "world".
Mirabelle f French (Rare), English (Rare)
Derived from Latin mirabilis meaning "wonderful". This name was coined during the Middle Ages, though it eventually died out. It was briefly revived in the 19th century.
Miraç m Turkish
Turkish form of Miraj.
Miracle f English (Modern)
From the English word miracle for an extraordinary event, ultimately deriving from Latin miraculum "wonder, marvel".
Miraj m Arabic
Means "place of ascent" in Arabic.
Miran m Slovene
Derived from the Slavic element miru meaning "peace" or "world".
Miranda f English, Dutch
Derived from Latin mirandus meaning "admirable, wonderful". The name was created by Shakespeare for the heroine in his play The Tempest (1611), about a father and daughter stranded on an island. It did not become a common English given name until the 20th century. This is also the name of one of the moons of Uranus, named after the Shakespearean character.
Miray f Turkish
Meaning unknown, possibly from an uncertain Persian element combined with Turkish ay meaning "moon, month".
Mirče m Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic element miru meaning "peace, world".
Mircea m Romanian
Romanian form of Mirče. This name was borne by a 14th-century ruler of Wallachia.
Mirche m Macedonian, Medieval Slavic
Alternate transcription of Macedonian Мирче (see Mirče).
Mirco m Italian
Italian variant of Mirko.
Mireia f Catalan, Spanish
Catalan form of Mirèio (see Mireille).
Mireille f French, Dutch
From the Occitan name Mirèio, which was first used by the poet Frédéric Mistral for the main character in his poem Mirèio (1859). He probably derived it from the Occitan word mirar meaning "to admire". It is spelled Mirèlha in classical Occitan orthography. A notable bearer is the French singer Mireille Mathieu (1946-).
Mirèio f Occitan
Occitan (Mistralian) form of Mireille.
Mirek m Czech, Slovak, Polish
Diminutive of Miroslav and other names beginning with the Slavic element miru meaning "peace" or "world".
Mirela f Romanian, Croatian, Albanian
Romanian, Croatian and Albanian form of Mireille.
Mirele f Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish diminutive of Miriam.
Mirèlha f Occitan
Variant of Mirèio using classical Occitan spelling conventions.
Mirella f Italian
Italian form of Mireille.
Mirembe f Eastern African, Ganda
Means "peace" in Luganda.
Miren f Basque
Basque form of Maria.
Mireya f Spanish
Variant of Mireia.
Miri f Hebrew
Hebrew diminutive of Miriam.
Míriam f Spanish
Spanish form of Miriam.
Miriam f Hebrew, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Mary. It is used in the Old Testament, where it belongs to the elder sister of Moses and Aaron. She watched over the infant Moses as the pharaoh's daughter drew him from the Nile. The name has long been popular among Jews, and it has been used as an English Christian name (alongside Mary) since the Protestant Reformation.
Miriama f Slovak
Slovak variant of Miriam.
Miriana f Italian
Italian variant of Miriam.
Mirica f Croatian
Diminutive of Mirela or names containing the Slavic element miru meaning "peace, world".
Mirinda f Esperanto
Means "wonderful" in Esperanto.
Mirit f Hebrew
Meaning unknown, possibly a derivative of Miriam.
Mirja f Finnish
Finnish form of Miriam.
Mirjam f Dutch, German, Finnish, Estonian, Slovene
Form of Miriam in several languages.
Mirjami f Finnish
Finnish form of Miriam.
Mirka 1 f Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Croatian
Diminutive of Miroslava and other names containing the Slavic element miru meaning "peace" or "world".
Mirka 2 f Finnish
Diminutive of Mirjami.
Mirko m Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Italian
Originally a diminutive of Miroslav and other names containing the element miru "peace, world".
Mirna f Croatian, Serbian
Means "peaceful" in Serbian and Croatian.
Miro m Slovene, Croatian
Short form of Miroslav.
Miron 1 m Romanian, Russian, Polish
Romanian, Russian and Polish form of Myron.
Miron 2 m Hebrew
From the name of the highest mountain in Israel, Mount Meron. It is also the name of a village on its slopes, thought to be on the same site as the ancient Canaanite city of Merom.
Miroslav m Czech, Slovak, Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements miru "peace, world" and slava "glory". This was the name of a 10th-century king of Croatia who was deposed by one of his nobles after ruling for four years.
Mirosław m Polish
Polish form of Miroslav.
Mirosława f Polish
Feminine form of Mirosław.
Mirsad m Bosnian
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from Arabic meaning "watchtower" or Persian meaning "ambush".
Mirsada f Bosnian
Feminine form of Mirsad.
Mirta f Spanish, Italian, Croatian
Spanish, Italian and Croatian cognate of Myrtle.
Mirte f Dutch
Variant of Myrthe.
Mirthe f Dutch
Variant of Myrthe.
Miruna f Romanian
Possibly derived from the Slavic word mir meaning "peace" or Romanian mira meaning "to wonder, to astound".
Mirza m Persian, Arabic, Bosnian
Means "prince" from Persian میرزا (mirza), earlier امیرزاده (amirzadeh), which is ultimately from Arabic أمير (amir) meaning "commander" combined with Persian زاده (zadeh) meaning "offspring".
Míša f Czech
Diminutive of Michaela.
Miša m & f Serbian, Slovene
Serbian diminutive of Mihailo, Miroslav and other names beginning with a similar sound. In Slovenia it is typically feminine.
Misaki f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" and (saki) meaning "blossom". This name can be formed from other combinations of kanji as well.
Misha m Russian
Russian diminutive of Mikhail.
Mishka m Russian
Russian diminutive of Mikhail.
Misho m Georgian, Bulgarian
Georgian diminutive of Mikheil and a Bulgarian diminutive of Mihail.
Misi m Hungarian
Diminutive of Mihály.
Mis'id m Arabic
Variant of Mus'ad.
Miska m Finnish
Diminutive of Mikael.
Miski f Indigenous American, Quechua
Means "honey" in Quechua.
Miško m Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian diminutive of Mihailo, Mihael, Miroslav and other names beginning with a similar sound.
Mislav m Croatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element mysli "thought" or moji "my" combined with slava "glory". This was the name of a 9th-century duke of Croatia, also called Mojslav.
Missie f English
Diminutive of Melissa.
Missy f English
Diminutive of Melissa. This is also a slang term meaning "young woman".
Mistawasis m Indigenous American, Cree (Anglicized)
Means "big child" in Cree, derived from ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ (mistahi) "big, great" and ᐊᐋᐧᓯᐢ (awâsis) "child". This was the name of a prominent 19th-century Cree chief.
Mistefa m Kurdish
Kurdish form of Mustafa.
Misti f English
Variant of Misty.
Misty f English
From the English word misty, ultimately derived from Old English. The jazz song Misty (1954) by Erroll Garner may have helped popularize the name.
Mi-Suk f Korean
From Sino-Korean (mi) meaning "beautiful" and (suk) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming", as well as other combinations of hanja characters with the same pronunciations.
Mitch m English
Short form of Mitchell.
Mitchell m English
From an English surname, itself derived from the given name Michael or in some cases from Middle English michel meaning "big, large".
Mithat m Turkish
Turkish form of Midhat.
Mithra m Persian Mythology
Derived from an Indo-Iranian root *mitra meaning "oath, covenant, agreement". In Persian mythology he was a god of light and friendship, the son of the supreme god Ahura Mazda. Worship of him eventually spread outside of Persia, where it was known as Mithraism.
Mithridates m Ancient Persian (Hellenized)
Greek form of the Old Persian name Mithradatha meaning "gift of Mithra". This was the name (in Greek) of several kings of Parthia and Pontus.
Mitică m Romanian
Diminutive of Dumitru. This is the name of a character in early 20th-century stories by the Romanian author Ion Luca Caragiale.
Mitja m Slovene
Slovene form of Mitya.
Mitra 1 m & f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "friend" in Sanskrit, a cognate of Mithra. This is a transcription of both the feminine form मित्रा and the masculine form मित्र, which is the name of a Hindu god of friendship and contracts who appears in the Rigveda.
Mitra 2 f Persian
Modern variant of Mithra used as a feminine name. The true Modern Persian form of Mithra is in fact Mehr.
Mitrodora f Macedonian
Macedonian form of Metrodora.
Mitsuaki m Japanese
From Japanese (mitsu) meaning "light" and (aki) meaning "bright, luminous". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Mitsuko f Japanese
From Japanese (mitsu) meaning "light" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Mitul m Indian, Gujarati, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit मित (mita) meaning "measured".
Mitxel m Basque
Basque form of Michael.
Mitya m Russian
Diminutive of Dmitriy or Mitrofan.
Mitzi f German
German diminutive of Maria.
Miu f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" and (u) meaning "feather". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Miyako f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful", (ya) meaning "night" and (ko) meaning "child". This name can be formed from other combinations of kanji as well.
Miyu f Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "beautiful" or (mi) meaning "fruit, good result, truth" combined with (yu) meaning "excellence, superiority, gentleness" or (yu) meaning "tie, bind" or (yu) meaning "evening". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Mizuki f Japanese
From Japanese (mizu) meaning "felicitous omen, auspicious" and (ki) meaning "hope", besides other kanji combinations.
Mladen m Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic word младъ (mladu) meaning "young".
Mladenka f Croatian, Serbian
Feminine form of Mladen.
Mnason m Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Possibly means "reminding" in Greek. In Acts in the New Testament Paul stays in Jerusalem with a man named Mnason, a Jew who was originally from Cyprus.
Mneme f Greek Mythology
Means "memory" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the original three muses, the muse of memory.
Mnemosyne f Greek Mythology
Means "remembrance" in Greek. In Greek mythology Mnemosyne was a Titan goddess of memory. She was the mother by Zeus of the nine Muses.
Mo f & m English
Short form of Maureen, Maurice, Morris and other names beginning with a similar sound.
Moa f Swedish
Possibly derived from Swedish moder meaning "mother". This was the pen name of the Swedish author Moa Martinson (real name Helga Maria Martinson).
Moab m Biblical
Means "of his father" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Lot. He was the ancestor of the Moabites, a people who lived in the region called Moab to the east of Israel.
Moacir m Indigenous American, Tupi
From Tupi moasy meaning "pain, regret". This is the name of the son of Iracema and Martim in the novel Iracema (1865) by José de Alencar.
Moana f & m Maori, Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Tongan
Means "ocean, wide expanse of water, deep sea" in Maori, Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages.
Mochán m Medieval Irish
Derived from Irish moch meaning "early" combined with a diminutive suffix.
Modesta f Spanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of Modestus.
Modestas m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Modestus.
Modeste m & f French
French masculine and feminine form of Modestus.
Modestine f French
French diminutive of Modestus.
Modesto m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of Modestus.
Modestus m Late Roman
Means "moderate, restrained" in Late Latin. This was the name of several saints.
Modesty f English (Rare)
From the English word modesty, ultimately from Latin modestus "moderate", a derivative of modus "measure".
Modou m Western African
Short form of Mamadou.
Modron f Welsh Mythology
Later Welsh form of Matrona 2. In the Welsh tale Culhwch and Olwen she is the mother of Mabon, who was taken from her as a baby.
Modu m History
Possibly a Middle Chinese form of the old Turkic honorific bagatur meaning "hero, warrior". Modu Chanyu was a 3rd-century BC ruler of the Xiongnu, a people from Mongolia.
Moe 1 m English
Short form of Maurice or Morris, or sometimes of other names beginning with a similar sound.
Moe 2 f Japanese
From Japanese (moe) meaning "bud, sprout". Other kanji with the same reading can also form this name.
Moema f Portuguese (Brazilian, Rare)
Means "lies" in Tupí. This name appears in the poem Caramuru (1781) by the Brazilian poet Santa Rita Durão.
Moerani m & f Tahitian
From Tahitian moe "sleep" and rani "heaven, sky".
Mogens m Danish
Danish form of Magnus.
Mohamad m Arabic, Malay, Indonesian
Alternate transcription of Arabic محمّد (see Muhammad), as well as a Malay and Indonesian variant.
Mohamed m Arabic, Dhivehi, Eastern African, Swahili
Alternate transcription of Arabic محمّد (see Muhammad) chiefly used in Egypt and Algeria. This is also the usual Dhivehi and Swahili form.
Mohammad m Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali, Tatar
Persian form of Muhammad, as well as an alternate transcription for Arabic and several other languages.
Mohammed m Arabic, Bengali
Alternate transcription of Arabic محمّد or Bengali মুহাম্মদ (see Muhammad).
Mohana m & f Hinduism
Means "bewitching, infatuating, charming" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form मोहन (an epithet of the Hindu gods Shiva, Krishna and Kama) and the feminine form मोहना.
Mohandas m Indian, Hindi
Means "servant of Mohana" from the name of the Hindu god Mohana combined with Sanskrit दास (dasa) meaning "servant". A famous bearer of this name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), also known as Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian leader who struggled peacefully for independence from Britain.
Mohinder m & f Indian (Sikh)
Variant of Mahendra used by Sikhs.
Mohini f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "infatuating" in Sanskrit. This was the name adopted by the Hindu god Vishnu when he took the form of a woman.
Moimir m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of Mojmír.
Moira f Irish, Scottish, English
Anglicized form of Máire. It also coincides with Greek Μοῖρα (Moira) meaning "fate, destiny", the singular of Μοῖραι, the Greek name for the Fates. They were the three female personifications of destiny in Greek mythology.
Moire f Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Maria (see Mary), typically only used to refer to the Virgin Mary. The form Màiri is used as a given name.
Móirín f Irish (Rare)
Diminutive of Mór 1.
Moirrey f Manx
Manx form of Mary.
Moïse m French
French form of Moses.
Moisés m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Moses.
Moisey m Russian
Russian form of Moses.
Moishe m Yiddish
Yiddish form of Moses.
Mojca f Slovene
Possibly a Slovene diminutive of Marija. Alternatively, it could be related to Slovene moj meaning "my, mine".
Mojdeh f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مژده (see Mozhdeh).
Mojgan f Persian
Alternate transcription of Persian مژگان (see Mozhgan).
Mojisola f Western African, Yoruba
Means "I wake up to wealth" in Yoruba.
Mojmír m Czech, Slovak
Derived from the Slavic elements moji meaning "my" and miru meaning "peace" or "world". This was the name of a 9th-century ruler of Moravia.
Mokee'e f Indigenous American, Cheyenne
Means "little woman" in Cheyenne.
Mokhammad m Tatar
Tatar form of Muhammad.
Mokhammat m Tatar
Tatar form of Muhammad.
Mokhmad m Chechen
Chechen form of Muhammad.
Mokhtar m Arabic (Maghrebi), Persian, Malay
Northern African, Persian and Malay form of Mukhtar.
Mokosh f Slavic Mythology
Derived from Slavic mok meaning "wet, moist". Mokosh was a Slavic goddess of weaving, women, water and fertility. She was often depicted as a woman with a large head and long arms.
Molle f Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of Mary.
Mollie f English
Variant of Molly.
Molly f English
Medieval diminutive of Mary, now often used independently. It developed from Malle and Molle, other medieval diminutives. James Joyce used this name in his novel Ulysses (1922), where it belongs to Molly Bloom, the wife of the main character.
Momchil m Bulgarian
Derived from Bulgarian момче (momche) meaning "boy".
Momi f Hawaiian
Means "pearl" in Hawaiian.
Momir m Serbian
Serbian form of Mojmír.
Momoka f Japanese
From Japanese (momo) meaning "hundred" or (momo) meaning "peach" combined with (ka) meaning "flower" or (ka) meaning "fragrance". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Momoko f Japanese
From Japanese (momo) meaning "hundred" or (momo) meaning "peach" combined with (ko) meaning "child". This name can be constructed from other kanji combinations as well.
Mona 1 f Irish, English
Anglicized form of Muadhnait. It is also associated with Greek monos "one" and Leonardo da Vinci's painting the Mona Lisa (in which case it is a contraction of Italian ma donna meaning "my lady").
Mona 2 f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of Monika.
Mona 3 f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic منى (see Muna).
Monat f Irish (Rare)
Anglicized form of Muadhnait.
Moncho m Spanish
Diminutive of Ramón.
Monday m & f English (African)
From the English word for the day of the week, which was derived from Old English mona "moon" and dæg "day". This can be given to children born on Monday, especially in Nigeria.
Monet f & m Various
From a French surname that was derived from either Hamon or Edmond. This was the surname of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Mongkut m Thai
Means "crown" in Thai.
Mónica f Spanish, Portuguese (European)
Spanish and European Portuguese form of Monica.
Mònica f Catalan
Catalan form of Monica.
Mônica f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of Monica.
Monica f English, Italian, Romanian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Late Roman
Meaning unknown, most likely of Berber or Phoenician origin. In the 4th century this name was borne by a North African saint, the mother of Saint Augustine of Hippo, whom she converted to Christianity. Since the Middle Ages it has been associated with Latin moneo "advisor" and Greek monos "one".... [more]
Monifa f Western African (Rare), Yoruba (Rare)
Means "I am lucky" in Yoruba.
Mónika f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Monica.
Monique f French, English, Dutch
French form of Monica.
Mönkhtsetseg f Mongolian
Means "eternal flower" in Mongolian.
Monna f English
Variant of Mona 1.
Monroe m & f English
From a Scottish surname meaning "from the mouth of the Roe". The Roe is a river in Northern Ireland. Two famous bearers of the surname were American president James Monroe (1758-1831) and American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962).... [more]
Monta f Latvian
Modern Latvian name, possibly from Latin mons "mountain".
Montague m English (Rare)
From a surname meaning "pointed mountain" in French. In Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet (1596) this is the surname of Romeo and his family.
Montana f & m English (Modern)
From the name of the American state, which is derived from Latin montanus "mountainous".
Monte m English, Armenian
Either a diminutive of Montgomery or from the Spanish or Italian vocabulary word meaning "mountain". Its use as an Armenian name is inspired by the Armenian-American revolutionary Monte Melkonian (1957-1993).
Montgomery m English
From an English surname meaning "Gumarich's mountain" in Norman French. A notable bearer of this surname was Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), a British army commander during World War II.
Montse f Catalan
Short form of Montserrat.
Montserrat f Catalan
From the name of a mountain near Barcelona, the site of a monastery founded in the 10th century. The mountain gets its name from Latin mons serratus meaning "jagged mountain".
Monty m English
Variant of Monte.
Moonika f Estonian
Estonian form of Monika.
Moos m Dutch
Dutch short form of Mozes.
Mór 1 f Medieval Irish
Means "great" in Irish. This was a popular medieval Irish name. It was probably given in some cases as an alternative to Máire, which was considered too sacred for general use.
Mór 2 m Hungarian (Archaic)
Short form of Móric or a Hungarian form of Maurus.
Mòr f Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Mór 1. It is sometimes translated into English as Sarah or Marion.
Mor f & m Hebrew
Means "myrrh" in Hebrew.
Mòrag f Scottish Gaelic
Diminutive of Mòr.
Moran f & m Hebrew
Means "viburnum shrub" in Hebrew.
Morana f Slavic Mythology, Croatian
From a Slavic root meaning "death, plague". In Slavic mythology this was the name of the goddess of winter and death.
Moray m Scottish
From the name of the area of Moray in Scotland or the surname derived from it (see Moray).
Morcant m Old Welsh
Old Welsh form of Morgan 1.
Mordad f Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Amordad. This is the name of the fifth month in the Iranian calendar.
Mordecai m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "servant of Marduk" in Persian. In the Old Testament Mordecai is the cousin and foster father of Esther. He thwarted a plot to kill the Persian king, though he made an enemy of the king's chief advisor Haman.
Mordechai m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew מָרְדֳּכַי or מָרְדְּכַי (see Mordecai).
Mordokhay m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Mordecai.
Mordred m Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From Welsh Medraut, possibly from Latin moderatus meaning "controlled, moderated". In Arthurian legend Mordred was the illegitimate son (in some versions nephew) of King Arthur. Mordred first appears briefly (as Medraut) in the 10th-century Annales Cambriae, but he was not portrayed as a traitor until the chronicles of the 12th-century Geoffrey of Monmouth. While Arthur is away he seduces his wife Guinevere and declares himself king. This prompts the battle of Camlann, which leads to the deaths of both Mordred and Arthur.
Moreen f Irish, English
Anglicized form of Móirín. It is sometimes used as a variant of Maureen.
Morena f Italian, Spanish
Feminine form of Moreno.
Moreno m Italian, Spanish
Derived from Italian moro or Spanish moreno meaning "dark-skinned".
Morgaine f Arthurian Romance
Variant of Morgan 2, from a French form.
Morgan 1 m & f Welsh, English, French
From the Old Welsh masculine name Morcant, which was possibly derived from Welsh mor "sea" and cant "circle". Since the 1980s in America Morgan has been more common for girls than boys, perhaps due to stories of Morgan le Fay or the fame of actress Morgan Fairchild (1950-).
Morgan 2 f Arthurian Romance
Modern form of Morgen, which was used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century for the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay, who was unnamed in earlier stories. Geoffrey probably did not derive it from the Welsh masculine name Morgan, which would have been spelled Morcant in his time. It is likely from Old Welsh mor "sea" and the suffix gen "born of".
Morgana f English (Rare)
Feminine form of Morgan 1.
Morgane f French
French, either a form of Morgan 2 or a feminine form of Morgan 1.
Moriah f English (Modern)
From Hebrew מֹרִיָה (Moriyah) possibly meaning "seen by Yahweh". This is a place name in the Old Testament, both the land where Abraham is to sacrifice Isaac and the mountain upon which Solomon builds the temple. They may be the same place. Since the 1980s it has occasionally been used as a feminine given name in America.
Móric m Hungarian (Archaic)
Hungarian form of Maurice.
Moriko f Japanese
From Japanese (mori) meaning "forest" and (ko) meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
Moritz m German
German form of Maurice.
Morley m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally from an Old English place name meaning "marsh clearing".
Morna f Scottish
Anglicized form of Muirne used by James Macpherson in his poem Fingal (1761), in which it is borne by the mother of the hero Fingal.
Morpheus m Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek μορφή (morphe) meaning "shape", referring to the shapes seen in dreams. In Greek mythology Morpheus was the god of dreams.
Morrígan f Irish Mythology
Means either "demon queen" or "great queen", derived from Old Irish mor "demon, evil spirit" or mór "great, big" combined with rígain "queen". In Irish mythology Morrígan (called also The Morrígan) was a goddess of war and death who often took the form of a crow.
Morris m English, Medieval English
Usual medieval form of Maurice.
Mort m English
Short form of Morton or Mortimer.
Morta f Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Martha.
Morten m Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of Martin.
Morteza m Persian
Persian form of Murtada.
Morticia f Popular Culture
From the American English word mortician meaning "undertaker, funeral director", ultimately derived from Latin mortis meaning "death". This name was created for the mother on the Addams Family television series (1964-1966). She was based on an unnamed recurring character in cartoons by Charles Addams, starting 1938.
Mortimer m English
From an English surname that was derived from the name of a town in Normandy, itself meaning "dead water, still water" in Old French.
Morton m English
From an English surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "moor town" in Old English.
Morty m English
Diminutive of Morton or Mortimer.
Morvarid f Persian
Means "pearl" in Persian.
Morven f Scottish
From the name of a region in western Scotland, also called Morvern or in Gaelic A' Mhorbhairne, meaning "the big gap". This is the location of Fingal's kingdom in James Macpherson's 18th-century poems.
Morwenna f Cornish, Welsh
From Old Cornish moroin meaning "maiden, girl" (related to the Welsh word morwyn). This was the name of a 6th-century Cornish saint, said to be one of the daughters of Brychan Brycheiniog.
Mose m German (Rare)
German form of Moses.
Moses m English, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name מֹשֶׁה (Mosheh), which is most likely derived from Egyptian mes meaning "son", but could also possibly mean "deliver" in Hebrew. The meaning suggested in the Old Testament of "drew out" from Hebrew משה (mashah) is probably an invented etymology (see Exodus 2:10).... [more]
Moshe m Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Moses.
Mosi f & m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "first (child)" in Swahili.
Moss m English (Archaic), Jewish
Medieval form of Moses.
Mostafa m Persian
Persian form of Mustafa.
Mostyn m Welsh
From the name of a town in northern Wales, which is probably derived from Old English elements meaning "moss town".
Mot m Semitic Mythology
Means "death" in Ugaritic. This was the name of the Ugaritic god of death and the lord of the netherworld. He was a son of the supreme god El.
Motecuhzoma m Indigenous American, Nahuatl
Means "he becomes angry like a lord" in Nahuatl, from mo- "himself", tēcu- "lord" and zōma "become angry, frown". This name was borne by two emperors of the Aztec Empire.
Motel m Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish diminutive of Mordecai. This is the name of a character in the musical Fiddler on the Roof (1964).
Moti m Eastern African, Oromo
Means "leader" in Oromo.