M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Melville

Melville comes from a Scottish surname of Norman origin, a locational name for several towns in Normandy called Malleville meaning "bad town", made up of from French mal (bad) and ville (town, settlement), which may have come about because of poor soil around the area. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Melvin (English) Melvyn (English) Malvin (English)    

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

Mallory

Mallory comes from an English surname of Norman origin via Old French malheure meaning "unhappy, unlucky", made up from mal (bad) and eur (fortune, chance), essentially meaning "unfortunate". It apparently originated as a nickname for someone who was unfortunate. Though Mallory is popular girl's name, it has had some use as a male name as well. Nicknames: Mal,… Continue reading Mallory

Apple/Apple tree, Food, M names, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Time, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Maelum

Maelum is certainly not the easiest name to find any information on. It could be a variant of Old English mælum meaning "at a time", the dative plural of mǣl (fixed time, appointed time; food served) via Proto-Germanic *mēlą (measure, measurement; time, occasion) derived from PIE root word *meh₁- (to measure). It's also possible that Maelum could be a variant… Continue reading Maelum

Gaelic, Kin/Family, M names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Melvin

Melvin comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name, a variant of Melville meaning "bad town" from Latin mala (bad) and ville (settlement, town) both of which derive from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Melvin has also been used as an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Mac Gille Bheathain meaning "son of the servant of St. Beathan", Beathan a Gaelic Scottish name… Continue reading Melvin