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

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Ancient Greek, Black/Dark, Color, M names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Maurice

Maurice comes from Late Latin Mauritius, a Roman name, a derivative of Maurus meaning "dark-skinned" in reference to someone who came from the country of Mauritania or who was of Moorish descent. It derives from Ancient Greek mauros (black, dark). Maurice is also an English and French derived from the given name. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Maurus (Late Roman) Mauro (Italian,… Continue reading Maurice

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

Latin, M names, Male, Numbers, Proto-Indo-European, Slavic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Miles

Miles is the French Norman form of Milo, a Germanic name of uncertain meaning though it's often been linked to Latin miles meaning "soldier" or perhaps related to Slavic element milu meaning "gracious, dear". Miles is also an English surname derived from the given name. Miles is also an English word, the plural of mile referring to a unit of distance or… Continue reading Miles

Animals, Earth, Elements, Fish, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Marlon

Marlon is an English male given name of unknown meaning. It may have originated as a variant spelling of Marland, an English surname derived from a place name meaning "land by lake" or "land by the sea" from English elements mere (lake, pool; sea, ocean) via a PIE root word; and land (land) also derived from a PIE root word.… Continue reading Marlon

Ancient Greek, Greek, M names, Male, Semitic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Myron

Myron is an Ancient Greek male name which means "myrrh, perfume, sweet oil" which seems to be derived from a Semitic root meaning "bitter". It's also a surname either derived from the given name or as a short form of Greek Myronakis or Myronidis, both patrynonic surnames. Origin: Ancient Greek, Semitic Variants: Miron (Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish)… Continue reading Myron

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

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

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

Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Etruscan mythology, Greek mythology, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Marek

Marek is the Slavic form of Mark which is the English form of Marcus, an Ancient Roman name 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 it might also… Continue reading Marek

Arthurian legends & myths, Elements, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Welsh

Mervyn

Mervyn is the anglicized form of Merfyn, a Welsh male name of uncertain meaning though several possible meanings attributed to it are: "marrow famous" from Welsh mer (marrow) and myn (eminent); the first element of the name could also possibly be derived from Welsh mawr meaning "large; big; great"; it's also possible that Mervyn is a variant of Myrddin which is the original… Continue reading Mervyn

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

Etruscan, Literature, M names, Male, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Mercutio

Mercutio was the name of a character in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1597), portrayed as the close friend of Romeo who was neither Montague nor Capulet. He is portrayed as being given to sudden outbursts and a moody temperament, hence his name, related to the word mercurial, referring to someone with a changeable, fickle, or spirited nature. It derives from Mercury,… Continue reading Mercutio

Ancient Greek, Animals, Birds, Dove, Irish, M names, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Malcolm

Malcolm is a male name, the anglicized form of Scottish Máel Coluim meaning "servant of St. Columba", referring to someone who followed Irish abbot and missionary St. Columba who spread Christianity into Scotland. Máel means “servant, devout follower” when combined with a name element (as a word it also means “bald, shaved, tonsured”) combined with given name Coluim, the Gaelic… Continue reading Malcolm

Ancient Greek, Greek, M names, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Miro

Miro comes from Slavic element miru meaning "peace; world" from Proto-Slavic *mȋrъ derived from a Proto-Indo-European source. Miro is a Slovene and Croatian short form of Miroslav, a Slavic male name meaning "peaceful glory"; though it may also be a short form of names ending in -miro such as Edelmiro (the Spanish form of Ancient Germanic Adelmar meaning "noble famous"). Miro is also an Italian surname derived… Continue reading Miro

Greek mythology, M names, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Menelaus

Menelaus was the king of Sparta and the husband of Helen in Greek mythology, considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world, and the brother of Agamemnon. After she was abducted by Paris, he, Agamemnon, and the other Greeks head to Troy to get her back, a war which lasts for ten years. The name is made up from Ancient Greek elements meno (to stay,… Continue reading Menelaus

Gaelic, Kin/Family, M names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Melvin

Melvin comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name, a variant of Melville meaning "bad town" from Latin mala (bad) and ville (settlement, town) both of which derive from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Melvin has also been used as an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Mac Gille Bheathain meaning "son of the servant of St. Beathan", Beathan a Gaelic Scottish name… Continue reading Melvin

Elements, Female, Gaelic, M names, Male, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Murphy

Murphy comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of Murchadh", the latter a given name meaning "sea warrior" from Gaelic elements muir (sea) and cadh (warrior). Origin: Gaelic Variants: Murchadh (Irish, Scottish)- male Murphey (English) Murphie (English)  

Ancient Greek, Greek, Latin, M names, Male, Nature, Slavic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Milon

Milon is an Ancient Greek name meaning "yew" from Greek milos. It's often been Latinized as Milo, which also happens to be an old Germanic of Miles, a name of uncertain origin and meaning though it's been linked to Slavic mil (gracious, dear) and Latin mīles (soldier). Milon is also a French surname deriving from given name Miles. Origin: Ancient Greek, Slavic, Latin Variants: Milo… Continue reading Milon