Mitchell

Mitchell comes from a surname derived from the given name Michel, the French form of Michael meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. It could also be derived from Old English michel or mechel/muchel meaning “big”, originally a nickname for a big man. Mitchell has also been used as the Anglicized form of Irish surname Mulvihill which comes from Gaelic Ó Maoil Mhichíl “descendant of the devotee of St. Michael”, as well as also used as an Anglicized form of another surname, Mickschel, a Czech surname.

Nicknames: Mitch

Origin: Hebrew, Old English

Variants:

  • Mitchel (English)

 

Shae

Shae is a variant spelling of Shea, which comes from O’Shea, which is the anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Séaghdha meaning “descendant of Séaghdha”, Séaghdha being a male given name of uncertain meaning though I’ve seen several possible meanings listed for it such as “admirable” or “hawk-like”; “esteem” and “regard”; or “fine, fortunate”.

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Shay
  • Shaye
  • Shea
  • Séaghdha (Irish)

 

Maureen

Maureen is the Anglicized form of Máirín, a diminutive of Máire, the Irish form of Mary which ultimately comes from 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 name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”.

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian

Variants:

  • Maurine (English, Irish)
  • Maurene (English)
  • Moreen (English, Irish)
  • Máirín (Irish)
  • Máire (Irish)
  • Mairenn (Irish)
  • Maura (Irish, Scottish, English)
  • Mary
  • Maria

 

Sean

Sean is the Anglicized form of Seán, the Irish form of John which means “Yahweh is gracious”. It’s pronounced shawn for those not familiar of the spelling of the name (I know I mispronounced it when I was younger).

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Seán (Irish)
  • Shawn (English)
  • Shaun
  • Shayne (English)
  • Shane (Irish, English)
  • Deshaun (English)
  • Deshawn (English)
  • Rashaun (English)
  • Keshaun (English)
  • Lashawn (English)

 

Female forms:

  • Seana (Irish, English)
  • Seán (Irish)
  • Shawna (English)
  • Shauna (English)
  • Lashawn (English)