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

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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

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

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

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

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

Emotion/Feelings, Female, Japanese, Love/Beloved, M names, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Megumi

Megumi is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: megumi 恵 "favor, benefit; blessing, grace, kindness" (恵); megumi 愛 "love, affection" (愛); megu 恵 "favor; benefit; blessing, grace, kindness" + mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" (恵美); megu 旋 "rotation, go round" + mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" (旋美); megu 寵 "affection; love" + mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" (寵美); megu 巡 "go around; circumference" + mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" (巡美); megu… Continue reading Megumi

African, Female, Hebrew, M names, Maasai, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Spanish, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Moran

Moran is a Hebrew unisex name meaning "viburnum shrub" as well as being an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Irish O’Morain and O’Moghrain meaning “descendant of Móran”, Móran being a diminutive of Mór meaning “large” or “great” from a PIE root word. Moran is also a Spanish surname, a habitational surname denoting those who came from… Continue reading Moran

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, M names, Nature, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Mimozë

Mimozë is the Albanian form of Mimosa, the name of a genus of plants that are sensitive to touch or light. The name comes from Latin mimus meaning "mime" which comes from Ancient Greek mîmos (mime, actor; mimicking, imitation). Origin: Ancient Greek   Variants: Mimosa (English, Spanish, Italian) Mimmu (Finnish) Mimoza (Turkish, Georgian, Albanian, Slovak) Mimóza (Hungarian)  

Ancient Egyptian, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Literature, Love/Beloved, M names, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Mio

Mio is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "beauty; beautiful + cherry blossom" (美桜); "beauty; beautiful + cord, thread" (美緒); "beauty; beautiful + center, middle" (美央); "waterway; channel" (澪); Written in hiragana it's みお.  Mio is also a male name used by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her… Continue reading Mio

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, M names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Melody

Melody refers to a pleasant-sounding succession or arrangement of sounds. It means "singing, chanting" which comes from Middle English melodie via Old French deriving from Latin melōdia, itself derived from Ancient Greek melōidíā (song, singing; chant; music) made up from Ancient Greek melos (song, tune, music) and ōidḗ, a contracted form of aoidḗ (song, ode; legend, tale, story), both of which derive from an unknown etymology.… Continue reading Melody

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

Merida

Merida is the English form of Mérida, the name of a city in Spain located in the Iberian peninsula founded in 25 BC. It's Latin name was Emerita Augusta and it was originally founded for retired soldiers. The name comes from Latin Emerita, the feminine form of ēmeritus meaning "veteran" in reference to retired soldiers though it also means "earned, merited, having been… Continue reading Merida