Marta

Marta is a cognate of Martha, which comes from Aramaic meaning “lady, mistress”, the feminine form of mar/mara (lord, master).

Origin: Aramaic

Variants:

  • Martha (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek)
  • Martta (Finnish)
  • Marthe (French, Norwegian)
  • Marte (Norwegian)
  • Márta (Hungarian)
  • Morta (Lithuanian)
  • Maata (Maori)
  • Marfa (Russian)

 

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Mary

Mary is the English form of 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 source either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”.

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian

Variants:

  • Maree (English)
  • Maria (Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Sardinian, Basque, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian)
  • Marie (French, Czech, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch)
  • Mari (Welsh, Breton, Estonian, Finnish, Scandinavian)
  • Mariam (Arabic, Georgian, Armenian)
  • Maryam (Arabic, Persian)
  • Mariami (Georgian)
  • Miriam (Hebrew, English, German)

 

Margery

Margery is a medieval English form of Margaret which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl” or “cluster of flowers” ultimately derived from Sanskrit manyari.

Origin: Sanskrit

Variants:

  • Marjorie (English)
  • Marjory (English)
  • Margaret (English)
  • Margarita (Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Late Roman, Greek)
  • Margarid (Armenian)
  • Margarit (Armenian)
  • Margarida (Catalan, Portuguese, Galician, Occitan)
  • Margareta (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovene, Dutch, Finnish, Croatian)
  • Markéta (Czech, Slovak)
  • Margaréta (Hungarian, Slovak)
  • Margita (Slovak)
  • Margit (Hungarian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, German)
  • Margrethe (Danish, Norwegian)
  • Margarethe (German, Danish)
  • Margaretha (Dutch, German)
  • Margriet (Dutch)
  • Margreet (Dutch, Limburgish)
  • Maret (Estonian)
  • Maarit (Finnish)
  • Marketta (Finnish)
  • Margareeta (Finnish)
  • Marguerite (French)
  • Margot (French)
  • Margaux (French)
  • Gretchen (German, English)
  • Gretel (German)
  • Margalit (Hebrew)
  • Margalita (Hebrew)
  • Margaid (Manx)
  • Marit (Swedish, Norwegian)
  • Małgorzata (Polish)
  • Maighread (Scottish)
  • Mairead (Scottish)
  • Maisie (Scottish)
  • Marsaili (Scottish)
  • Marged (Welsh)
  • Mererid (Welsh)
  • Mared (Welsh)
  • Megan (Welsh, English)

 

Makana

Makana is a Hawaiian unisex name meaning “gift”. It’s also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as:

  • “ten thousand; myriad + grant, answer” (万叶)
  • “truth, reality; Buddhist sect + grant, answer” (眞叶)
  • “truth, reality; Buddhist sect + love; affection, favorite” (真愛)
  • “dance; flit; circle; wheel + play music; speak to a ruler; complete” (舞奏)
  • “truth, reality; Buddhist sect + play music; speak to a ruler; complete” (真奏)
  • “hemp; flax + love; affection; favorite” (麻愛)
  • “ten thousand + play music; speak to a ruler; complete” (万奏)

Written in hiragana it’s まかな (Makana).

Origin: Hawaiian, Japanese

 

Montana

Montana is the name of a state in the United States which comes from the Spanish word

montaña which comes from Latin montanus meaning “mountainous”. Montana is also a surname derived from the given name.

Nicknames: Monty/Monte

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Montanna (English)
  • Montaña (Spanish)

Mila

Mila (pr. mee-lah or my-lah) is a Slavic given name, often used as a short form for names such as Ludmila (love of the people), Milena (gracious, dear), Milica (gracious, dear), Camilla/Camila, or Milagros (miracles). It comes from the Slavic element milu meaning “gracious, dear”.

Origin: Slavic

 

Variants:

  • Myla (English)
  • Milla (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish)
  • Milena (Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Italian)
  • Miléna (Hungarian)
  • Milica (Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian)
  • Ludmila (Czech, Russian)
  • Camilla (English, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, German, Ancient Roman)
  • Camila (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Milagros (Spanish)

 

Male forms:

  • Milan (Czech, Slovak, Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Dutch)
  • Milen (Bulgarian)
  • Milo (English, Ancient Germanic)
  • Miloš (Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian)
  • Mile (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian)
  • Miloje (Serbian)

 

Mia

Mia was originally used as a diminutive of Maria, the Latin 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”. Mia could also be a nickname for names such as Amelia, Emily, and Emilia though it can also be used as a given name.

Mia is also a Japanese female name. The first part of the kanji 未 (mi) refers to the eighth sign of the Chinese zodiac, the goat, or it could mean “not yet, un-“, or “future”while the second kanji (a) means “Asia; rank next; come after”. There could be other meanings depending on the kanji used. Mia is also an Italian word meaning “my” or “mine”.

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Japanese

Variants:

  • Miya (English, Japanese)

 

Mythili

Mythili is an Indian female name likely meaning “princess of Mithila”, Mithila being the name of a kingdom in which she was found. Mithila seems to mean “soil”. It was an epithet of Sita, the name of a Hindu goddess in the Rigveda as well as also being the name of the wife of Rama (who was the avatar of the god Vishnu), who was also the avatar of the goddess Lakshmi (who was the goddess of wealth and wife of Vishnu). Sita was found abandoned as a baby in a furrow, which is why she is referred to as the daughter of the mother goddess Bhumi-Devi, and was adopted by King Janaka of Mithila. Siva and Rama’s story is told in the Ramayana, an ancient Indian epic poem about Rama and wife Siva, who is abducted by the demon king Ravana, and she represents the ideal virtues and qualities a woman should have.

Origin: Sanskrit

Variants:

  • Mythily
  • Maithili

 

Melanie

Melanie is the English form of Mélanie, the French form of Latin Melania derived from Ancient Greek melas meaning “black, dark”.

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Mélanie (French)
  • Melany (English)
  • Mellony (English)
  • Mellanie (English)
  • Melánie (Czech)
  • Melaina (Greek)
  • Melánia (Hungarian, Slovak)
  • Melania (Italian, Spanish, Polish, Late Roman)
  • Melanija (Serbian, Macedonian, Slovene, Latvian, Lithuanian)
  • Melani (Croatian, Slovene, Modern Greek, English)