Color, Female, Greek mythology, Green, M names, Mythology, Nature, Semitic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Myrtle

Myrtle is the name of an evergreen shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Myrtus. It comes from Ancient Greek myrtos meaning "myrtle" which derives from a Semitic root m-r-r meaning "bitter" from which the Arabi مُرّ‎ murr (bitter) and Hebrew מֹר‎ mor (bitterness, acrimony) derive from. Myrtle is also the name of a shade of green. In Greek mythology,… Continue reading Myrtle

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Arabic, Earth, Elements, M names, Male, Place names, Surname names

Marwan

Marwan is an Arabic male name of unknown meaning. It could be related to Arabic marw/maru (مَرْو) meaning "quartz" in reference to a white stone used to ignite fire,  though it may also be related to Marwa, an Arabic female name which refers to a fragrant plant as well as also being the name of a mountain or hill… Continue reading Marwan

Ancient Egyptian, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Love/Beloved, M names, Nature, Nickname names, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Molly

Molly originally started out as a diminutive of Mary (which comes from 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 mr “love”) and Margaret (which comes… Continue reading Molly

Bantu, Brown, Color, Female, M names, Mythology, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Slavic mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Morena

Morena is a Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian female name, the feminine form of Moreno meaning "brown, dark brown, dusky, brunette". The origin of the word derives from Latin maurus (Moorish, Moor) via an Ancient Greek origin. It's also a Spanish and Italian surname derived from the given name. Morena is also a word in the Sotho language, a Southern… Continue reading Morena

Animals, Birds, Blackbird, Elements, Female, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Merle

Merle is the French word for "blackbird" which comes from Latin merula (blackbird) derived from a PIE root word; it's also a French surname which may have derived as a nickname for someone who resembled or had traits of a blackbird. As an English given name, Merle may be a variant spelling of Merrill, an English surname derived from… Continue reading Merle

Ancient Greek, Black/Dark, Color, M names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Maurice

Maurice comes from Late Latin Mauritius, a Roman name, a derivative of Maurus meaning "dark-skinned" in reference to someone who came from the country of Mauritania or who was of Moorish descent. It derives from Ancient Greek mauros (black, dark). Maurice is also an English and French derived from the given name. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Maurus (Late Roman) Mauro (Italian,… Continue reading Maurice

Female, Japanese, M names, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

Mayu

Mayu is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: ma 真 "true; reality; Buddhist sect" + yu 優 "tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior" (真優); ma 満 "full; fullness; enough; satisfy" + yu 夕 "evening" (満夕); ma 真 "true; reality; Buddhist sect" + yu 由 "cause, reason; from, arising from" (真由); ma 真 "true; reality; Buddhist sect" + yu 夕 "evening" (真夕); ma 茉 "white jasmine"… Continue reading Mayu

Battle/War, Female, Kin/Family, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Madison

Madison comes from an English surname, a matrynomic surname meaning "son of Maud", referring to a man whose mother's name was Maud, a medieval diminutive of Matilda meaning "strength in battle” or “might in battle”. Despite its meaning, Madison is a popular name for girls. Nicknames: Maddie/Maddy Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Maddison (English) Maddyson (English) Madisyn (English) Madyson… Continue reading Madison

Etruscan mythology, Female, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Mars

Mars is the name of the god of war in Roman mythology, making Ares his Greek counterpart, although Mars played a more prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. Mars is also the name of a planet. Much like the previous two posts, I consider this a unisex name. As for the etymology… Continue reading Mars

Battle/War, Etruscan mythology, Female, Latin, Light, M names, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Marsha

Marsha is a variant spelling of Marcia, the feminine form of Marcius, an Ancient Roman family name which derives from Marcus which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though… Continue reading Marsha

Latin, M names, Male, Numbers, Proto-Indo-European, Slavic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Miles

Miles is the French Norman form of Milo, a Germanic name of uncertain meaning though it's often been linked to Latin miles meaning "soldier" or perhaps related to Slavic element milu meaning "gracious, dear". Miles is also an English surname derived from the given name. Miles is also an English word, the plural of mile referring to a unit of distance or… Continue reading Miles

Female, M names, North African, Numbers, Phoenician, Virtues/Attributes

Monica

Monica is a female given name of unknown origins though it's likely derived from a  North African or Phoenician origin. It's often been associated with Latin moneo meaning "to advise, warn" or Ancient Greek monos meaning "one, single, only". Nicknames: Mona (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Origin: North African, Phoenician Variants: Monika (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian,… Continue reading Monica

Animals, Earth, Elements, Fish, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Marlon

Marlon is an English male given name of unknown meaning. It may have originated as a variant spelling of Marland, an English surname derived from a place name meaning "land by lake" or "land by the sea" from English elements mere (lake, pool; sea, ocean) via a PIE root word; and land (land) also derived from a PIE root word.… Continue reading Marlon

Battle/War, Female, M names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Mafalda

Mafalda is the Italian and Portuguese form of Matilda, an English female name which comes from Old German Mahthildis meaning “strength in battle” or “might in battle” from Germanic elements maht (might, strength) derived from PIE root word *megʰ- (to be able); and hild (battle) which also derives from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Matilda (English, Swedish, Finnish) Mahthildis (Ancient Germanic) Mathilda… Continue reading Mafalda

Ancient Greek, Greek, M names, Male, Semitic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Myron

Myron is an Ancient Greek male name which means "myrrh, perfume, sweet oil" which seems to be derived from a Semitic root meaning "bitter". It's also a surname either derived from the given name or as a short form of Greek Myronakis or Myronidis, both patrynonic surnames. Origin: Ancient Greek, Semitic Variants: Miron (Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish)… Continue reading Myron

Apple/Apple tree, Elements, Female, Japanese, M names, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Marina

Marina is the feminine form of Marinus, an Ancient Roman name meaning "of the sea" or "belonging to the sea", derived from a PIE root word *móri- (sea, ocean; body of water), though Marinus could also be derived from Marius which could be derived from Latin mas meaning “male” or Latin mare meaning “sea”. It could also be derived from Mars, the… Continue reading Marina

Female, Japanese, M names, Night/Evening, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Miyako

Miyako is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" + ya 夜 "night; evening" + ko 子 "child" (美夜子); miyako 都 "capital; city" miyako 京 "capital"; mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" + ya 也 "to be" + 子 "child" (美也子); mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" + ya 弥 "all the more; increasingly" + ko 子 "child" (美弥子); miya 宮 "shrine; palace" + ko 子 "child" (宮子); miyako 都 "capital; city" + ko 古 "old" (都古); There are… Continue reading Miyako

Etruscan, Female, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Mercy

Mercy is a virtue name referring to someone who is compassionate, forgiving, and kind towards another person. It derives from Latin mercēs meaning "pay, wages, reward" via merx (merchandise, commodity; goods) which could be derived from Proto-Italic *merk- via a Etruscan source referring to various aspects of economics; or it could be derived from PIE *merĝ- (boundary, border). Mercy is overwhelming used as… Continue reading Mercy

Black/Dark, Color, Female, Literature, M names, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Word names

Morella

Morella is a female given name with several possible meanings and origins: it was used by author Edgar Allan Poe for the eponymous character of his short story Morella (1835). There are several possible inspirations for Poe's character's name: he could have derived it from Latin mors meaning "death" with the diminutive suffix -ella; Morella is also the name… Continue reading Morella

Animals, Battle/War, Etruscan, Female, Horses/Stallions, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh, Word names

March

March is the name of the third month of the year, derived from Latin Martius, an Ancient Roman name meaning "of Mars", Mars being the Roman god of war. The name is of uncertain etymology though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. It's also possible that Mars was derived from an older… Continue reading March