Māui

Māui is the name of an island, part of the Hawaiian islands and the second largest island. The island was named after the son of the man who first discovered the island, who was in turn named after the demigod. In Hawaiian and Polynesian mythology, Māui is a demigod as well as a trickster who created the…

Meriweather

Meriwether comes from an English surname meaning “happy weather”, originating as a nickname for someone who has a cheerful disposition, made up of Middle English elements mery (merry happy, joyful) and wether (weather), both derived from a PIE root word. Nicknames: Meri, Merry Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Merryweather (English) Merriweather (English) Merriwether (English) Meriwether (English)      

Mithian

Mithian is the name of a town in Cornwall (Mydhyan in Cornish). The etymology behind it is unknown. Origin: Cornish Variants: Mithien Mithyan Methyan Methean Mydyan Midhyan Mydhyan    

Mallory

Mallory comes from an English surname of Norman origin via Old French malheure meaning “unhappy, unlucky”, made up from mal (bad) and eur (fortune, chance), essentially meaning “unfortunate”. It apparently originated as a nickname for someone who was unfortunate. Though Mallory is popular girl’s name, it has had some use as a male name as well. Nicknames: Mal,…

Makoto

Makoto is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: makoto 誠 “sincerity”; makoto 真 “true; reality”; makoto 眞 “truth”; ma 愛 “love, affection” + koto 琴 “harp, koto” (愛琴) *used as a feminine name ma; makoto 真 “true; reality” + koto 琴 “harp, koto” (真琴); There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s まこと….

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)