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  • Kiernan

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    Although this surname name is closely related to the more common Irish name Kieran, Kiernan is also a well used family name, tied to thirty-three ancient chieftains. It has on a few occasions been ... Read More 

  • Madigan

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    An unusual, energetic surname choice that would make a good Madison alternative. Madigan was a typical police detective series of the 1970s, starring Richard Widmark. Read More 

  • Maire

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    Both Maire and Mare have begun making inroads with parents seeking novel yet authentic ways of honoring an ancestral Mary.  Read More 

  • Maren

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    Maren is one of the many twenty-first-century takes on Mary--but we find the more classic Marin spelling preferable. When spelled Maren, the pronunciation seems more clearly to resemble Mary, with... Read More 

  • Margaret

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    Margaret is a rich, classic name used for queens and saints. Margaret was replaced for decades by less starchy forms like Maggie and Meg, but some stylish parents are reviving Margaret in full, att... Read More 

  • Marine

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    Marine is an extremely popular and fashionable name in France that's virtually unknown here — and is ready to set sail. Marine feels more contemporary than Marina and less hippie-esque than Oceane,... Read More 

  • Mckenna

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    Mackenzie begat McKenna -- a catchy but very trendy choice.  Read More 

  • Meg

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    Meg, perennially one of the Little Women, is a Margaret short form that manages to be neither quite in nor quite out of style. Meg is sleeker and more sophisticated than Maggie, more contemporary ... Read More 

  • Megan

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    One of the most popular Welsh names ever in the U. S. -- it was Number 10 in the 1990s -- is still widely used today, but waning.  Read More 

  • Regan

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    Like somewhat more popular twin sister Reagan, this vibrant last-name-first Irish choice makes a strong, straightforward option. She does have a couple of downsides though. Regan entered the girl... Read More 

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