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…

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…

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…

Madigan

Madigan comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Madagáin meaning “descendant of Madagán”, the latter a variant of Madadhán meaning “little dog” made up from Irish madadh (dog) combined with a diminutive suffix -an. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Mackenzie

Mackenzie comes from a Scottish surname, an anglicized form of Mac Coinnich meaning “son of Coinneach”, the latter a Scottish Gaelic name meaning “handsome, fair, beautiful”. Nicknames: Mack, Mac, Kenzie/Kenzi, Kensi Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic Variants: Makenzie (English) Mckenzie (English) McKenzie (English, Scottish) MacKenzie (English, Scottish)  

Memphis

Memphis is the name of an ancient city in Egypt, the Greek form of Egyptian mn-nfr (which became Menfe in Coptic). It means “enduring and beautiful” made up from Egyptian mn (to endure) and nfr(w) (beauty; perfection”). Memphis is also the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, the daughter of the river Nile for which the city…

Mai

Mai is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: mai 舞 “dance; flit; circle; wheel” ma 麻 “hemp, flax, linen” + i 衣 “clothing, garment, dressing” (麻衣); ma 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” + i 愛 “love, affection, favorite” (真愛); mai 舞 “dance; flit; circle; wheel” + i 以 “by means of; because; compared to” (舞以); mai 真 “true; reality; Buddhist…

Monday

Monday is made up from Old English mona (moon) and daeg (day) meaning “moon day” or “day of the moon”. As a surname, Monday comes from Old Norse given name Mundi via mundr meaning “protection, protector” though it could also have originated as a nickname for someone who had a particular association on that day. As an Irish surname, Monday…

Maha

Maha is an Arabic female name meaning “oryx” in reference to the Arabic oryx though I’ve also seen it meaning “wild cow”. In either case, the reference is to the beautiful dark eyes of the animal. I’ve also seen Maha listed as being a Persian female name meaning “moon” or “moon-like” but from what I…