M Names

  1. Mable
    • Maisie
      • Origin:

        Scottish diminutive of Margaret or Mary
      • Meaning:

        "pearl or bitter"
      • Description:

        Maisie, a charming name long popular as a nickname for Margaret or Mary, entered the Top 1000 as itself ten years ago and continues to rise. Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams helped propel the name back into the limelight, along with the that of her character, Arya.
    • Major
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "greater; or, a military rank"
      • Description:

        This bold choice soared in popularity from 2008 to 2013, and now seems to have plateaued. But watch out—the character Major Major Major Major in the classic absurdist novel Catch-22 had a terrible time.
    • Malina
      • Origin:

        Feminine form of Malcolm or spelling variation of Melina or Polish, Bulgarian, Serbian
      • Meaning:

        "raspberry"
      • Description:

        Malina is a synthetic-feeling name that may be a feminization of the Scottish Malcolm or a spelling twist on the Greek Melina and that also has a fruit meaning in several Eastern European languages. For all that it's a little bit of lots of things, Malina doesn't feel very much like itself.
    • Margery
      • Origin:

        Medieval variation of Margaret
      • Meaning:

        "pearl"
      • Description:

        An old royal name in England and Scotland that's also spelled Marjorie. Popular in the Middle Ages and Tudor period, it was revived at the end of the 19th century, peaked in 1921 and dropped off the list in 1958, enough time to be reconsidered as a Margaret alternative. The name Margery Daw is familiar via the seesaw nursery rhyme and Margery Williams wrote the children's classic The Velveteen Rabbit..
    • Marlowe
      • Origin:

        Variation of Marlow, English
      • Meaning:

        "driftwood"
      • Description:

        Is it Marlo, Marlow, or Marlowe? Suddenly they all seem very much in the air, in tune with rhyming cousins Harlow and Arlo. It all started when Margaret Julia Thomas began being known as Marlo (after being previously nicknamed Margie and Marlow). More recently, Jason Schwartzman used the e-ending version for his young daughter, Marlowe Rivers, as did Sienna Miller for her baby girl Marlowe Ottoline.
    • Mattie
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Martha or Matilda
      • Description:

        Mattie, which might be a short form of Martha, Matilda, or even Madeline, ranked among the Top 100 names for girls in the 1880s and in fact, has held a place among the Top 1000 for most of U.S. naming history. It fell off the popularity charts in 2014 and makes a cute, tomboyish, if somewhat slight name option.
    • Maximus
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "greatest"
      • Description:

        The powerful name of the powerful character played by Russell Crowe in the 2000 film Gladiator first appeared on the popularity charts that same year. Max to the max. One time considered a "too much name" name, Maximus has entered the realm of possibility.
    • Mayday
      • Memphis
        • Origin:

          Greek and Coptic place-name
        • Meaning:

          "Enduring and beautiful"
        • Description:

          Cool and bluesy southern city name chosen by musician-activist Bono for his daughter.
      • Merle
        • Origin:

          French
        • Meaning:

          "blackbird"
        • Description:

          A sleek, smooth, understated name off the grid in the US but among the Top 100 girl names in Germany.
      • Miko
        • Millie
          • Origin:

            Diminutive of Mildred or Millicent
          • Meaning:

            "gentle strength; strong in work"
          • Description:

            Millie is back. It's a Top 100 name throughout much of the English-speaking world, though not yet in the US. Millicent would be an appealing long form, but many people are using Millie all by its cute self -- so many, in fact, that it returned to the Top 500 in 2015 for the first time since World War 2 and continues to climb.
        • Mirra
          • Origin:

            Spelling variation of Mira
          • Description:

            The Mira spelling was given to nearly 500 girls last year while this variation was used for only nine in the US.
        • Mitzi
          • Origin:

            German, diminutive of Maria
          • Meaning:

            "bitter"
          • Description:

            Mitzi is a spunky German nickname name that might appeal to parents drawn to the genre of lively vintage chorus girl names that proliferated in 1930's musicals. Lively entertainer Mitzi Gaynor--who was originally named Francesca Marlene de Czani von Gerber--made the name notable in mid-century America.
        • Monet
          • Origin:

            French artist name, from diminutive of Simon
          • Description:

            A new favorite of the bohemian set, brought to light by actress Monet Mazur, daughter of the artist who designed the Rolling Stones' mouth logo.
        • Myrtle
          • Origin:

            Greek botanical name
          • Description:

            Long in our category of so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out category, once seen as a gum-cracking 1940's telephone operator, we think it's time to reassess Myrtle, and look at is as a nature name, a plant with pink or white aromatic berries. Ruled by Venus, myrtle is a plant associated with love, peace, fertility and youth.
        • Maebry
          • Medina
            • Meryn