LibyafGreek Mythology Libya is the daughter of Epaphus, King of Egypt, in both Greek and Roman mythology. She personified the land of Ancient Libya in North Africa, from which the name of modern-day Libya originated.
LicarayenfMapuche, New World Mythology Composed of Mapuche lica meaning "stone" and rayen "flower" (compare Rayen). In legend the beautiful maiden Licarayen sacrificed herself in order to stop the wrath of the evil spirit of the volcano Osorno from destroying her people; it was from the ashes and snow of her sacrifice that Lake Llanquihue in Chile was created.
LicorusmGreek Mythology, Literature Licorus is a form of the name Lycorus.In Greek mythology, Lycorus was a son of the god Apollo. After him a city was named Lycoreia.This is the name of Licorus Black, a character in the "Harry Potter" series written by J.K. Rowling.
LilaeafGreek Mythology (Latinized) Directly taken from Greek λιλαία meaning "lilac". In Greek mythology, Lilaea was a Naiad of a spring of the same name, daughter of the river god Cephissus. The ancient city of Lilaea and the modern village of Lilaia in Phocis are named after her.
LimeniafGreek Mythology Means "of the harbour", derived from Greek λιμήν (limên) "harbour". This was an epithet of the Greek goddesses Aphrodite, Hera, and Artemis.
LimnaeafGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Λιμναία (Limnaia), from Greek λιμναῖος (limnaios) "of a lake". This was an epithet of the goddess Artemis at Sicyon, near Epidaurus, and also used of nymphs.
LindusmGreek Mythology A character in Greek Mythology, and the son of Cercaphus and Cydippe or Lysippe, and grandson of Helios; in conjunction with whom he possessed the island of Rhodes, where he was regarded as the founder of the town of Ialysus.
LíobhanfIrish Mythology Form of the Gaelic name Lí Ban, meaning "beauty of women". It belonged to two characters in Irish myth, one a mermaid captured in Lough Neagh in 558, according to the 'Annals of the Four Masters' (see also Muirgen).
LiriopefGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Leiriope, which literally means "the face of leirion". Leirion was another name that the ancient Greeks had for the daffodil flower. In Greek mythology, Liriope was the name of a nymph.
LitaefGreek Mythology THE LITAI (Litae) were the personified spirits (daimones) of prayer, ministers of the god Zeus. They were described as hobbling, old women. Their opposite number was Ate, the spirit of delusion and folly, in whose wake they followed.
LitavisfCeltic Mythology Litavis is a Gallic deity whose cult is primarily attested in east-central Gaul during the Roman period. She was probably an earth-goddess. Her name is derived from Gaulish Litavi- "earth; the vast one" (ultimately from Proto-Celtic *flitawī- "broad").
LogimNorse Mythology, Icelandic Means "flame, blaze" in Old Norse. In Norse legend Logi was "a handsome king of a land north of Norway. A descendant of giants, his name became Hálogi - "tall Logi" - the legendary source of the modern Hålogaland region of Norway… His daughters were Eisa and Eimyrja, names both meaning "embers", and his wife's name Glöd probably means "red-hot embers" - all suggestive that Logi is a personification and deity of fire" (K.M. Sheard, 2011).
LohraspmPersian, Persian Mythology, Literature Persian form of the Avestan compound name Aurvataspa or Arvataspa, which consists of Avestan aurva meaning "swift" and Avestan aspa meaning "horse". As such, the meaning of this name is basically "swift horse" or "one who has a swift horse".... [more]
LoreleyfGermanic Mythology, Spanish Older German form of Lorelei. This was the pen name of Mexican writer María Luisa Garza (1887-1980). It is also borne by Argentine model and actress Luisana Loreley Lopilato (1987-), the wife of Canadian singer Michael Bublé.
LulalmNear Eastern Mythology In Sumerian mythology, Lulal, inscribed dlú.làl in cuneiform, is the younger son of Inanna. He was the patron deity of Bad-tibira while his older brother, Shara was located at neighboring Umma.
LumisirkkufFolklore Means "snow bunting (a type of bird)" in Finnish, composed of lumi "snow" (see Lumi) and sirkku "bunting" (referring to a bird of the genus Emberiza; see Sirkku)... [more]
LupercusmRoman Mythology, Ancient Roman Personal name from Medieval Latin “lŭpus”, meaning “wolf”. Lupercus in Roman mythology was considered a pastoral deity invoked to protect the fertility. In his honor were celebrated on February 15, in a cave on the Palatine Hill... [more]
LuwumChinese Mythology, Far Eastern Mythology The name of a deity found in the Shanhaijing (山海经), or Classic of Mountains and Seas. It has the face of a human, the body of a tiger and nine tails. It acts as a groundskeeper for the supreme heavenly god Di, watching over his gardens on Mount Kunlun as well as the Nine Domains of Heaven.
LycastefGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Greek Λυκαστη (Lykaste), which is of unknown meaning. This was the name of several characters in Greek mythology, including a woman of Lemnos who slew her twin brother Cydimus.
LyncusmGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Greek Λύγκος (Lynkos), though technically Lygkos is the correct spelling. It is derived from Greek λύγξ (lynx) - technically lygx - which refers to the feline animal of the same name... [more]
LysianassafGreek Mythology Derived from the Greek elements λυσις (lysis) "releasing, freeing, deliverance" and ανασσα (anassa) "queen". This was borne by several minor characters in Greek mythology, including a daughter of King Priam of Troy, and one of the Nereids.
LysippefAncient Greek, Greek Mythology Means "she who lets loose the horses" in Greek from the elements λυσις (lysis) "a release, loosening" and ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse". In Greek myth, this was the name of an Amazon queen who lived not long before the Trojan War... [more]
Ma'atfEgyptian Mythology Ma'at refers to the ancient Egyptian concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice. Maat was also the goddess who personified these concepts, and regulated the stars, seasons, and the actions of mortals and the deities who had brought order from chaos at the moment of creation... [more]
MabiormDinka, African Mythology Means "white bull" in Dinka. The white bull is the most prized and is sought after for sacrifices in celebration.
MacrisfGreek Mythology (Latinized) Latinized form of Greek Μακρις (Makris), which is possibly derived from Greek μακρός (makros) "large, long; far, distant" or μάκαρ (makar) "blessed, happy" (compare Makarios).
MadanamHinduism Means "intoxicating, maddening" in Sanskrit. This is another name of Kamadeva, the Hindu god of love and desire.
MafdetfEgyptian Mythology Name of the Egyptian goddess of judgement, justice and execution, her name meaning "she who runs". It is believed that she is the first feline deity, predating Bastet and Sekhmet, and she is often depicted as a feline or a woman with the head of a feline... [more]
MagandafPhilippine Mythology Means "beautiful" in Tagalog. In Philippine mythology, she and Malakas were the first humans. They were said to have sprung from a large bamboo tree pecked by a sarimanok (mythical bird) known as Magaulancealabarca.
Magecf & mGuanche Mythology Magec (Guanche Berber Ma-ɣeq, "possesses radiance" or "mother of brightness"), in Tenerife, was a deity in the ancient Berber mythology. He or she was god or goddess (actual gender is unknown) of the Sun and the light and also thought to be one of the principal divinities in Guanche religion... [more]
MagufFar Eastern Mythology The name of a taoist immortal associated with the elixir of life and protection of women. Her name is derived from 麻 (ma) meaning "cannabis, hemp" and 姑 (gu) meaning "aunt, maid, maiden".
MahalakshmifIndian, Hinduism, Hindi From Sanskrit महालक्ष्मी (Mahalakshmi) meaning "great sign", derived from Sanskrit महा (maha) "great" and लक्ष्मी (lakshmi) "sign, mark".
MakafSioux, New World Mythology Means "earth, ground, soil" in Lakota. In Oglala Lakota (Sioux) mythology, Makȟá (less correctly spelled Maka) was created by Íŋyaŋ ("stone"), then given the spirit Makȟá-akáŋl ("earth goddess").
MakariafGreek Mythology Derived from Greek Μακαρία "bliss", this was the name of a minor Greek goddess and the personification of a blessed death. She was the daughter of Hades and Persephone.
MakemakemPolynesian Mythology From the Rapa Nui mythology of Easter Island, was the creater of humanity and the god of fertility. A notable use of the name is for the fourth dwarf planet from the Sun and the third dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt.
Makilingf & mPhilippine Mythology, Tagalog Means "uneven, crooked, bent" in Tagalog. In Tagalog mythology, Maria Makiling is a spirit who is said to protect Mount Makiling, a volcano in the Philippines.
MalakasmPhilippine Mythology Means "strong, hard, powerful" in Tagalog. In Philippine mythology, he and Maganda were the first humans. They were said to have sprung from a large bamboo tree pecked by a sarimanok (mythical bird) known as Magaulancealabarca.
MalinafInuit Mythology, Greenlandic In Inuit mythology, Malina is the name of a solar goddess. She is constantly fleeing from her brother, the moon god Igaluk (Inuit) or Anningan (Grenlandic), and their eternal chase explains the movement of the sun and moon through the sky.
MammonmBiblical, Judeo-Christian Legend Means "wealth, riches". In the New Testament, this was material wealth or greed, which was often personified as a deity. Sixteenth century German theologian Peter Binsfeld classified him as one of the seven princes of Hell.
ManamNorse Mythology This is the word for "moon" in Old Norse, and unlike in Greek and Roman mythology, is a god and not a goddess.
ManasmKyrgyz, Mythology Meaning uncertain. It may be derived from Sanskrit मनस् (manas) meaning "mind, intellect, spirit" or from Alpamysh, the name of a character from an ancient Turkic epic of the same name... [more]
ManatfNear Eastern Mythology Probably either from Arabic مَنَا (manā) meaning "mete out, distribute" or "test, determine" or مُنِيَة (muniya) meaning "fate, destiny, desire, wish". This was the name of the Semitic goddess of time, fate, fortune and death who was worshipped in pre-Islamic Arabia... [more]
ManiafEtruscan Mythology, Roman Mythology In Roman and Etruscan mythology, Mania was a goddess of the dead. She, along with Mantus, ruled the underworld. She was said to be the mother of ghosts, the undead, and other spirits of the night, as well as the Lares and the Manes... [more]
MantofGreek Mythology Etymology uncertain, but perhaps related to μᾰ́ντῐς (mántis) meaning "seer, prophet".
MantusmEtruscan Mythology In Etruscan myth and religion, Mantus was a god of the underworld in the Po Valley as described by Servius.
ManzatfNear Eastern Mythology, Elamite Mythology This was the name of a goddess in Elamite religion. Her name is derived from Akkadian manzât "rainbow".1 The fact that her name is Akkadian rather than Elamite, is possibly due to the fact that Elam had repeatedly been under Akkadian rule and was thus influenced by the Akkadian language and culture... [more]
MaricafRoman Mythology In Roman mythology, Marica was a nymph and the mother of Latinus. The sacred forest near Minturnae was dedicated to Marica as well as a nearby lake. The origin and meaning or her name are uncertain... [more]
MaricifJapanese Mythology, Chinese Mythology Marici is a deva or bodhisattva associated with light and the sun. She is known as Molizhitian (摩利支天) or Molizhitian Pusa (摩利支天菩萨) in China and Marishi-ten (摩利支天?) in Japan and in Tibetan as 'Odzer Canma, "Woman Endowed with Rays of Light" (Wylie: 'od zer can ma)... [more]
MarpesiafGreek Mythology Derived from Greek μάρπτω (márptô) "to take hold of, to seize, to catch". This was the name of an Amazonian queen in Greek mythology. A chapter is dedicated to Marpesia and her sister Lampedo in Boccaccio's 'On Famous Women' (1374).
MarpessafGreek Mythology Derived from Greek μάρπτω (márptô) "to take hold of, to seize, to catch" (cf. Marpesia), with the alleged meaning "the robbed one". In Homer's 'Iliad' this name belonged to the wife of the hero Idas... [more]
MastoravafMordvin, Mythology The name of Mordvin Earth goddess. Her name is derived from mastor meaning "earth" and ava meaning "woman, mother".
MatangifHinduism Matangi is one of the Mahavidyas, ten Tantric goddesses and a ferocious aspect of Parvati, the Hindu Divine Mother. She is considered to be the Tantric form of Parvati but she is very similar to Saraswati... [more]
Mayarif & mPhilippine Mythology Etymology uncertain, possibly from Tagalog mayari meaning "to make, to finish" or may-ari meaning "owner, master". In Tagalog mythology, as well as the mythologies of other Philippine ethnic groups, Mayari is a deity of the moon, night, war, revolution, equality, and strength... [more]
MazdakmPersian, Persian Mythology Mazdak is a name derived from the Zorastrian religion. Aura Mazda was the Fire God, I believe. Mazdak is a great mythological name and is used today in the Farsi language by the Persians/Iranians. It is a name with thousands of years of history.
MazufChinese Mythology From Chinese 媽祖 (Māzǔ), derived from 妈 (mā) meaning "mother" and 祖 (zǔ) meaning "ancestor, forebear, grandparent". In Chinese mythology Mazu is a sea goddess and the deified form of a medieval Fujianese shamaness who was revered by seafarers and sailors.
MbombomAfrican Mythology Mbombo, a god, also Bakuba god (mbombo) named Bumba, The story of Mbombo's creation tells that in the beginning, Mbombo was alone, darkness and primordial water covered all the earth. It would happen that Mbombo came to feel an intense pain in his stomach, and then Mbombo vomited the sun, the moon, and stars... [more]
MeandermGreek Mythology (Latinized) Variant spelling of Maeander, which is the latinized form of Μαίανδρος (Maiandros). The latter is the Greek name for a river that is nowadays known as the Büyük Menderes river, which is located in southwestern Turkey... [more]
MedesicastefGreek Mythology In Greek mythology, the name Medesicaste refers to two women of the Trojan royal house. And it means "the one that differs in wisdom".
MeditrinafRoman Mythology Roman goddess of wine and health, possibly created to explain the Roman holiday of Meditrinalia (Oct. 11); generally taken to mean 'healer'
MedonmAncient Greek, Greek Mythology Derived from the Greek noun μέδων (medon) meaning "ruler", which is ultimately derived from the Greek verb μέδω (medo) meaning "to protect, to rule over".... [more]
MedunafCeltic Mythology Meduna was a Celtic goddess known from an inscription in Bad Bertrich, Germany, where she was worshipped together with Vercana. The origin and meaning of her name are uncertain: theories include a derivation from Gaulish medu- "mead", which gave rise to the speculation that she may have been a goddes of honey-wine.
MeenufHinduism Girl with Fish Eyes or Fish that navigates through easily anywhere and there is peace and happiness around
MefitisfRoman Mythology Mefitis was a Samnite and minor Roman goddess of noxious gases, like those from volcanoes or swamps. Mefitis also gives her name to the archaic word "mephitic" meaning foul smelling.
MegarafGreek Mythology, Popular Culture Either a variant of Megaera or derived from either the Ancient Greek city Megara in West Attica, Greece, or the Ancient Greek colony in Sicily Megara Hyblaea, both derived from megaron, from megas 'large, great, marvelous', referring to a large hall.... [more]
MelampusmGreek Mythology In the Greek myths Melampus was the cousin of Bellerophon and won glory and fame all because he was kind to animals. One day when he was a boy he saw some orphaned baby snakes by the side of the road... [more]
MelaneusmGreek Mythology Derived from Greek μελανέω (melaneō) meaning "to grow black, to become black", which is ultimately derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning "black, dark" (see Melanie)... [more]
MelanipposmGreek Mythology The first element of this name is derived from the Greek adjective μελανός (melanos) meaning "black, dark", which is the genitive form of the Greek adjective μέλας (melas) meaning "black, dark"... [more]
MelanthofAncient Greek, Greek Mythology Derived from Greek μελανθης (melanthes) "black". This is the name of several minor figures in Greek mythology. It also occurs in Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' belonging to the favourite maid of Penelope, who is described as "sharp-tongued", and is later hanged alongside the other maids who had lain with Penelope's suitors; she is the sister of Melanthios, an insolent goatherd killed by Odysseus.
MelanthosmGreek Mythology Means "black flower", derived from Greek μελας (melas) meaning "black" combined with Greek ανθος (anthos) meaning "flower, blossom". Also compare Melanthios.
MelinoefGreek Mythology Name of a minor figure in Greek mythology, spelled Μηλινοη (Mêlinoê) or Μειλινοη (Meilinoê), possibly derived from Greek μήλινος (mêlinos) "of a quince-yellow, having the colour of quince", quince being a type of fruit, the yellowish-green colour of which allegedly "evoked the pallor of illness or death for the Greeks." If originally spelled Meilinoe, it may be derived from Greek μείλια (meilia) "propitiations, offerings to the dead".... [more]
MelisseusmGreek Mythology Derived from Greek μελισσεύς (melisseus) meaning "bee-keeper, bee-man", which is ultimately derived from Greek μέλισσα (melissa) meaning "honey-bee" (also see Melissa)... [more]
MeneptolemosmAncient Greek, Greek Mythology Derived from the Greek adjective μενεπτόλεμος (meneptolemos) meaning "staunch in battle, steadfast", which consists of the Greek verb μένω (meno) meaning "to stay, to remain" as well as "to last, to withstand" combined with the Epic Greek noun πτόλεμος (ptolemos) meaning "war".... [more]
MénrótmHungarian Mythology Ménrót is mentioned in Simon of Kéza's 'Gesta Hunnorum et Hungarorum', written in the 1280s, in its semi-Latinized form Menrot. According to Simon of Kéza, Hunor and Magor, the legendary forefathers of the Huns and the Hungarians, were the sons of Ménrót, a mythical giant, who he partly identified with biblical Nimrod... [more]
MenrvafEtruscan Mythology Menrva was an Etruscan goddess of war, art, wisdom, and medicine. She contributed much of her character to Roman Minerva, when that culture evolved. She was the child of Uni and Tinia... [more]
MephistophelesmLiterature, Judeo-Christian Legend Derived from Hebrew mephitz "destroyer" and tophel "liar" (the second element taken from the phrase tophel shequer, literally "falsehood plasterer"). This is the name of the devil in the German Faust legend, with whom the character Faust makes a pact, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures.
MerewennefMedieval Cornish, Celtic Mythology Merewenne is listed in the 12th-century Hartland list as one of the daughters of Brychan. While she is sometimes considered identical with Morwenna of Morwenstowe, another daughter of Brychan, Merewenne and the variants Marwyne and Merwenna appear in medieval records referring to the patron-saint of Marhamchurch near Bude (a church dating back to 1086 which is situated in north-east Cornwall).
MergenmMythology, Tuvan, Kalmyk, Buryat, Kazakh Derived from Mongolian мэргэн (mergen) meaning "sharpshooter, archer" or "wise, intelligent". In Turkic mythology, Mergen is a deity of abundance and wisdom.
MeriadegmBreton, Breton Legend From an old Breton name composed of the elements mer "sea" and iatoc "forehead". Conan Meriadeg was the legendary founder of Brittany.
MeropsmGreek Mythology From Greek μέροψ (merops) meaning "bee-eater", the bee-eater (species Merops apiaster) being a type of bird; allegedly it was used to mean "mortal". This word can mean "with face turned", derived from Greek μέρος (meros) "part" and ὤψ (ôps) "eye, face".
MeskhenetfEgyptian Mythology In Egyptian mythology she was a goddess of childbirth, and the creator of each child's 'ka', a part of their soul, which she breathed into them at the moment of their birth. Because she was responsible for 'ka', she was also associated with fate, and so would sometimes be associated with Shai... [more]
MestormAncient Greek, Greek Mythology Derived from the Greek noun μήστωρ (mestor) meaning "adviser, counsellor". In Greek mythology, this was the name of several princes.
MestrafGreek Mythology In Greek mythology, Mestra was a daughter of Erysichthon of Thessaly. According to Ovid's "Metamorphoses," she was granted the ability to change her shape at will by her lover, Poseidon. Mestra used her shape-shifting ability and trickery to provide her father with nourishment after he had been cursed with an insatiable appetite by Demeter... [more]
MetatronmJudeo-Christian Legend After the angel of the face, the angel of the presence, chief of the ministering angels, the chief recording angel, chancellor of heaven, the angel by whom the world is maintained, and a being so mighty that he possesses 72 other names... [more]
MilcommBiblical, Near Eastern Mythology, English (Puritan) In the Old Testament, Milcom was the highest of the Ammonite gods. It is generally accepted that this name is a form of the common Semitic noun meaning "king" (Hebrew melek), and became an epithet of the head of the Ammonite pantheon... [more]
MímirmNorse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic Derived from Old Norse mímir "memory", which is related to Old English gemimor "well-known", modern Dutch mijmeren "to muse, to ponder" and Latin memor "mindful, remembering." In Norse mythology, Mímir was a god who had omniscient wisdom and knowledge and who was keeper of the Well of Wisdom in Jotunheim (the world of the Giants).
MindiamGeorgian, Folklore, Literature Basically means "I wanted you", derived from Georgian მინდია (mindia) or მინდოდა (mindoda) meaning "I wanted". This name literally refers to the fact that the child in question was desired by its parents.... [more]
MiniverfCornish, Welsh, Welsh Mythology Anglicized form of Menfre, which is of unknown meaning. Saint Menfre, born c.471, was one of the many holy daughters of King Brychan Brycheiniog. 'St. Menfre appears to have been active in Wales, around Minwear, near Haverfordwest, in Dyfed but, later, left her native land in order to evangelise the Cornish.' The early use of the name was in Cornwall where it appears to be a regional form of Guinevere... [more]