Midian

Midian is the name of a place in the Bible and the Quran, named after Midian, the son of Abraham and Keturah. The name means "strife" from Hebrew madon מדון (strife) via root word din מדון (to judge; law). Midian also seems to be a Hebrew surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Semitic VAriants: Midyan (Hebrew) Madyan (Arabic) Madiám (Greek) Madian (Italian, …

Muse

Muse is a word that refers to a source of inspiration, someone or something that inspires an artist, writer, thinker or any creative endeavor. It comes from the Muses, nine goddesses in Greek mythology who inspired the arts, literature, science, and music, the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne (the Titaness of memory): Calliope(the goddess of epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato …

Makenna

Makenna is a variant of McKenna, an anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cionaodha meaning "son of Cionaodh", Cionaodh meaning "beloved of Aodh" composed of Irish cion (love, affection; regard) and Aodh (also spelled Áed, the name of the Celtic god of fire) meaning "fire". It could also be a variant of Cináed meaning "born of fire", also anglicized as Kenneth.  Nicknames: Kenna Origin: Proto-Indo-European   …

Mishal

Mishal (مشعل) is an Arabic unisex name meaning "torch" which derives from an Arabic root word related to flames. It's also used as a given name in India. Mishaal (مشاعل) is a plural form of the name, also used as a unisex name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Mishaal (Arabic) Mashal (Arabic) Mashaal (Arabic) Mashael (Arabic)    

Metis

Metis is the name of a Titaness in Greek mythology, the personification of good counsel, prudence, cunning, and wisdom. She was the one who made a potion to force Cronus to throw up the children he had swallowed, helped Zeus during the war of the Olympian gods against the Titans, and was his first wife. However, a …

Merritt

Merritt comes from an English surname, a variant of Merriott, meaning "boundary gate" or "gate at the boundary", made up from Old English elements mǣre (boundary, border) and geat (gate). It's also possible that the name may have originated from Mariot, an Old English diminutive of Mary, the English form of Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are …

Mariposa

Mariposa comes from a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning "butterfly" and is the name of several places in the U.S., Canada, and Peru. I don't believe it's used as an actual name in Spanish-speaking countries. Mariposa is also the name of several lily-like plants in the genus Calochortus found in the western U.S. and Mexico, which received …

Merrilyn

Merrilyn is a female given name, a variant spelling of Marilyn, a combination of Mary (the English form of Hebrew Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr, or …

Moses

Moses is the name of a major figure in the Bible who led the enslaved Israelites out of Egypt; he is also an important figure in Christianity and Islam. When he was a baby the Pharaoh ordered that all male Hebrew babies be killed; his mother placed him in a basket and hid in the reeds …

Marla

Marla is an English female name, a shortened form of Marlene, a blend of Maria and Magdalene, or in some cases Helene. Maria is the Latinate form of Miriam, a Hebrew female name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian …

Mariana

Mariana is the feminine form of Marianus, an Ancient Roman family name which derives from Marius, which comes from the name of the Roman god of war, Mars, a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible that Mars is related to a much older source, perhaps from …

Magali

Magali is an Occitan and French female name, the Occitan form of Magdalene, a female given name which was originally a title meaning “of Magdala” in reference to someone who came from the town or village of Magdala, originally located at the Sea of Galilee. Magdala comes from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Magalie (French)