Martina

Martina is the feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible…

Malia

Malia is a Hawaiian female name, the Hawaiian form of Mary, the English form of Hebrew female name 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,…

Miller

Miller comes from an English surname, originally an occupational name for someone who was a miller or worked in a mill. It comes from Old English mylen (mill) which comes from Late Latin molīnus (mill) via molere  (to grind) derived from PIE root word *melh₂- (to grind, to crush). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Mills (English)  

Māui

Māui is the name of an island, part of the Hawaiian islands and the second largest island. The island was named after the son of the man who first discovered the island, who was in turn named after the demigod. In Hawaiian and Polynesian mythology, Māui is a demigod as well as a trickster who created the…

Mirlinda

Mirlinda is an Albanian female name, the feminine form of Mirlind meaning “well born” or “good birth”, made up from Albanian elements mirë (good) and lind (bear, to give birth). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Male forms: Mirlind (Albanian)  

Menelik

Menelik is the name of several Ethiopian emperors, including the first emperor of Ethiopia, traditionally believed to be the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. The closest meaning I could find behind the name is that it developed from Arabic Ibn al-hakim meaning “son of the wise one”. Origin: Proto-Semitic, Arabic Variants: Menelick (English) Ménélik (French)…

Min-ho

Min-ho (민호) is a Korean male name with a variety of meanings depending on the hanja used:  민 (敏) min “nimble, agile, quick-witted; hard-working”; 민 (民) min “people, nation”; 민 (珉) min “jade”; 민 (旼) min “gentle, affable”; 민 (旻) min “heaven”   호 (皓) ho “bright, clear”; 호 (虎) ho “tiger”; 호 (豪) ho “heroic, chivalrous, brave, overpowering, great”; 호 (鎬) ho “stove; bright”; 호 (旻) ho “autumn sky”; 호 (浩) ho…

Melinda

Melinda is a female given name, an elaborated form of names such as Melanie (which comes from Latin Melania derived from Ancient Greek melas meaning “black, dark”) or Melissa (which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though…

Moira

Moira is the anglicized form of Máire, the Irish form 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 from…

Maverick

Maverick comes from an English surname. Although I couldn’t find it’s true origin and meaning, it came to refer to unbranded cattle in 19th century America, and later became identified with someone who was independent-minded or considered a rebel, someone who went their own way. This came about because of Samuel Maverick (1803-1870), a Texas lawyer and politician…