Marlow

Marlow comes from an English surname, originally used as a locational surname for someone who came from a place called Marlow. It’s made up from Old English elements mere (lake; ocean, sea) and Old English lafe (leavings, remains) essentially meaning “remnants of a lake”, perhaps in reference to an area where there had been a lake that…

Maxima

Maxima is an Ancient Roman female name, the feminine form of Maximus which means “greatest, biggest, largest; oldest, eldest” derived from PIE root *méǵh₂s (great, big). Maxima also refers to a musical note that seems to have stopped being used in the 16th century. Nicknames: Max, Maxi/Maxy Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Maxene (English) Maxine (English) Maxina (English) Maxima…

Mabel

Mabel is an English female name, the medieval form of Late Latin male name Amabilis, or its medieval feminine form Amabel, which derives from Latin amabilis meaning “lovable, worthy of love”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Amabel (English) Mabelle (English) Mable (English) Maybelle (English) Mabella (English) Maybelline (English) Annabel (English) Annabelle (English) Anabelle (English) Anabel (English, Spanish) Annabella (English, Italian) Amabilia…

Misha

Misha is a Russian male diminutive of Mikhail, the Russian, Belarusian, and Bulgarian form of Michael meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. Although used strictly a male name in Russia, it has had some use as a female given name in the United States. Misha is also a Japanese…

Marianne

Marianne is a French female name, a combination of Marie (the French form of Maria, the Latin form of Hebrew 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…

Makeda

Makeda is the Ethiopian name given to the Queen of Sheba (also known as Bilqis). Though the menaing of the name is uncertain quite a few meanings attributed to it are “greatness”, “beautiful”, or it could derived from a Proto-Semitic word for “queen”. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “not thus” in Ethiopic due to a story…

Miranda

Miranda is a name invented by Shakespeare for his play The Tempest (1610-11) which seems to be based on Latin mirandus (which is to be wondered at, marveled at) via Latin adjective mīrus (wonderful, marvelous, amazing, surprising, awesome) derived from PIE *sméyros (laughing, smiling) via root word *smey- (to laugh, to be glad). Miranda is also. Spanish, Portuguese, and Jewish (Sephardic) surname, a locational name…

Margaret

Margaret is an English female name which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl”, which either derives from Sanskrit manyari or from an Iranian source. Nicknames: Marge, Margie/Margy, Maggie, Midge, Madge, Mame, Mamie, May, Peg, Megan, Peggy/Peggie, Molly Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Marjorie (English) Marjory (English) Margery (English) Margarita (Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Late Roman, Greek) Margarid (Armenian) Margarit (Armenian)…

Maialen

Maialen is the Basque form of Magdalene, originally a title meaning “of Magdala” in reference to someone who came from the town or village of Magdala, originally located at the Sea of Galilee. Magdala comes from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Magdalene (English, German) Magdalena (English, German, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Slovene, Czech, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian,…