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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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)  

Mayura

Mayura comes from Sanskrit mayūra (मयूर) meaning “peacock”, an Indian male name. In Hindu mythology, the peacock is a sacred bird believed to have been created from the feathers of the Garuda, also a legendary bird in HIndu myth. Mayura is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “cocoon +…

Miho

Miho is a Croatian male name, a short form of Mihovil, the Croatian form of Michael, or Mihael, the Croatian and Slovene form of Michael, a Hebrew male name meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. Miho is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “beauty; beautiful+…

Maris

Maris is a female name taken from Latin meaning “of the sea” from Latin mare (sea) derived from Proto-Italic *mari (sea) from Proto-Indo-European *móri (sea). It comes from the Latin title stella maris “star of the sea” used for the Virgin Mary. Maris may also come from Latin mās meaning “male”. Maris is also the name of an Etruscan god of agriculture and fertility, his…

Morgan

Morgan is a unisex name though it has two different origins: as a male name it derives from Old Welsh Morcant, a masculine name possibly meaning “sea circle” from Welsh elements mor (sea) and cant (circle), though the first element may also be related to Welsh mawr meaning “large; big; great”; the second element *cant- also means “hundred”. Morgan is also the name…

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 +…

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)

Mina

Mina is an Indian female name meaning “fish” in Sanskrit, as well as used as the Sanskrit term for the constellation Pisces; Minali is a variant of the name meaning “fish catcher”. It’s also a short form of Wilhelmina, the feminine form of Wilhelm, a German cognate of William meaning “wilfull protection” or “desiring protection” from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Mina…

Mika

Mika is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used. It’s made up of Japanese mi with various meanings of 美 “beautiful”, 実 “reality, truth”, 味 “taste, flavor”, 光 “light”, and ka meaning 佳 “beautiful, good, excellent”, 香 “fragrance”, 加 “add, addition, increase”, 嘉 “praise, auspicious”, though there are likely other meanings depending on the kanji…

Moon

Moon comes from Old English mona from Proto-Germanic *menon- from Proto-Indo-European me(n)ses meaning “month, moon” from *meh “to measure”. Moon is also a Korean surname from Chinese Wen meaning “literature, culture, writing”, as well as being an English surname with several possible origins behind it: it may have originated from Cornish mon “thin”, originally a nickname for a thin or slender person; it also derives from a…

Maya, Maia

Maya is the name of the Mayan civilization and its people, a Mesoamerican civilization that stretched out in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemela, El Salvador, and Honduras, though it’s of unknown meaning.  Maya is also an Indian girl’s name meaning “illusion” or “magic” in Sanskrit, featuring as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hindu mythology,…