Miltiades

Miltiades is an Ancient Greek male name, belonging to several men in history, including an Athenian general responsible for the defeat of the Persians in the Battle of Marathon. It comes from Ancient Greek miltos meaning “red earth” (which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek origin) combined with the patronymic suffix ides. The name is pronounced as mil-ty-a-dis,…

Mercer

Mercer comes from an English and Scottish surname, an occupational name for someone who was a merchant. it comes from Anglo-Norman mercer (merchant, trader) which comes from Latin 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). Origin: Etruscan, Proto-Indo-European…

Midir

Midir is the name of a figure in Irish mythology, the son of the Dagda and the lover of Étain, who was turned into water, a worm, and a butterfly (or a fly in some versions) by his jealous wife Fuamnach. The meaning of Midir is unknown though it may be related to Old Irish midithir meaning “to…

Mordecai

Mordecai seems to be a variant form of Marduka, a Persian name meaning “servant of Marduk”, Marduk being the name of the Babylonian god of heaven, light, battle, and fertility. The name may be derived from Sumerian amar-Utak meaning “calf of Utu, Utu being the name of another Sumerian god. Mordecai is also a surname originating from the given…

Mirabeau

Mirabeau is a French male name, as well as a surname, derived from Latin mirabilis meaning “wonderful, marvelous, astonishing, amazing” via mīrus which comes from PIE *sméyros (laughing, smiling) from root word *smey- (to laugh, to be glad); this would make Mirabeau the masculine form of Mirabelle. It’s also possible that Mirabeau could be considered a combination of given names Mira (with several possible origins such…

Mick

Mick is used as a diminutive of Michael meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God; Mick has also been used as slang term for an Irishman. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Mickey (English) Micky (English)  

Maximilian

Maximilian comes from the Roman name Maximilianus which derives from Maximus meaning “greatest” derived from PIE root *méǵh₂s (great, big). Although it was supposedly created by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III for his son by combining the names of two Roman generals he admired, Fabius Maximus and Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus, Maximilian has had use before than. Nicknames: Max, Maxi Origin:…

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…

Matthias

Matthias is a male given name, a variant of Matthew which comes from Hebrew Mattityahu meaning “gift of Yahweh” made up from matan (gift) and yah, the contracted form of Yahweh. Matthias is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Hebrew   Variants: Matthew (English) Mathew (English) Matthaios (Biblical Greek) Matthias (English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Biblical Greek) Matia (Basque) Mattanyahu (Biblical…