1637 Baby Names That Start With M (with Meanings and Popularity)

1637 Baby Names That Start With M (with Meanings and Popularity)

Baby names that start with M have moved beyond midcentury classics Mary and Michael to more modern choices, the most popular of which are Mia and Mateo. Mia’s success is largely based upon its streamlined image and multicultural appeal, while Mateo is an international favorite that has his longtime favorite English version, Matthew.

Along with Mia, other girl names beginning with M in the US Top 150 include Mila, Madison, Maya, Madelyn, Melody, Maeve, and Magnolia. As well as Mateo and Matthew, other boy names starting with M in the US Top 150 include Mason, Michael, Maverick, Miles, Micah, and Milo.

Rare M names with international origins we strongly endorse include the Welsh Macsen, French Marais, Japanese Mika, and Italian Marcella. Other unique names with the M initial include vintage charmers Maude and Mamie and contemporary choices such as Maxfield, Marigold, and Marlowe — for girls or boys.

Here, our full selection of names that start with M, ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry.

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  1. Maeve
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "she who intoxicates"
  2. Milo
    • Origin:

      Latin and Old German
    • Meaning:

      "soldier or merciful"
  3. Mateo
    • Origin:

      Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "gift of God"
  4. Mae
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Mary or Margaret
    • Meaning:

      "bitter or pearl"
  5. Miles
    • Origin:

      English form of Milo
    • Meaning:

      "soldier or merciful"
  6. Margot
    • Origin:

      French, diminutive of Margaret
    • Meaning:

      "pearl"
  7. Mabel
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Amabel, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "lovable"
  8. Mia
    • Origin:

      Italian word name or Scandinavian short form of Maria
    • Meaning:

      "mine or bitter"
  9. Maisie
    • Origin:

      Scottish diminutive of Margaret or Mary
    • Meaning:

      "pearl or bitter"
  10. Magnus
    • Origin:

      Scandinavian from Latin
    • Meaning:

      "greatest"
  11. Matilda
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "battle-mighty"
  12. Micah
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "who is like the Lord"
  13. Margaret
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "pearl"
  14. Maya
    • Origin:

      Greek; Central American Indian empire name; Latinate variation of May; Spanish, diminutive of Amalia; variation of Maia; Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "water"
  15. Michael
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "who is like God?"
  16. Mila
    • Origin:

      Slavic, Russian
    • Meaning:

      "gracious; dear"
  17. Max
    • Origin:

      English and German diminutive of Maximilian or Maxwell
    • Meaning:

      "greatest"
  18. Mira
    • Origin:

      Latin, Slavic, Arabic, Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "admirable; peace; female ruler; ocean"
  19. Malachi
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "my messenger"
  20. Millie
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Mildred or Millicent
    • Meaning:

      "gentle strength; strong in work"