Compilation of M names

A compilation of names starting with the letter "M". - (Dear Nameberry, can we please go back to not needing lengthy 15 plus word description)
  1. Mabel
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Amabel, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "lovable"
    • Description:

      Mabel is a saucy Victorian favorite rising in popularity in the US over the past decade, after a 50-year nap If you love offbeat old-fashioned names like Violet or Josephine, only sassier, Mabel is one for you to consider.
  2. Macsen
    • Origin:

      Welsh variation of Maximus, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "greatest"
    • Description:

      Macsen may sound like a modern invention, cousin to Jackson and Maxon, but it's a longtime Welsh variation of Maximus with evocative roots in legend. Macsen Wledig is another name for the Roman emperor Magnus Maximus, was played an important role in Welsh history and was further immortalized in a poem celebrating his dream about his lover Elen. Macsen also appears in Arthurian legend.
  3. Madeira
    • Origin:

      Place-name
    • Description:

      Madeira is an island off Morocco where the wine comes from. Despite the alcohol association, Madeira has a gorgeous sound.
  4. Madsen
    • Origin:

      Danish
    • Meaning:

      "son of Mads"
    • Description:

      Would often be confused with Madison.
  5. Maeve
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "she who intoxicates"
    • Description:

      Maeve is a short and sweet name that has become one of the most stylish Irish names for girls in the modern US. Maeve would make an excellent first or middle name choice, with more heft than Mae/May and more modern charm than Mavis.
  6. Magnus
    • Origin:

      Scandinavian from Latin
    • Meaning:

      "greatest"
    • Description:

      Magnus is a Latin name, literally meaning "greatest," that has a Scandinavian feel. It dates back to Charlemagne being called Carolus Magnus, or Charles the Great. Norwegian king Magnus I, named after Charlemagne, introduced it to his culture, and thus Magnus was the name of six early kings of Norway and four of Sweden. It is still a highly popular name in Denmark and Norway.
  7. Maia
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "mother"
    • Description:

      Maia was derived from the Greek word maia, meaning "mother." In Greek legend, she was the fair-haired daughter of Atlas who mothered Zeus's favorite illegitimate son, Hermes. To the Romans, Maia was the incarnation of the earth mother and goddess of spring, after whom they named the month of May. Maya is the more common spelling.
  8. Mairwen
    • Mali
      • Origin:

        Welsh form of Molly or Thai
      • Meaning:

        "jasmine flower"
      • Description:

        Seems unfamiliar, till you realize everyone will just hear it as Molly. In Wales, Mali is a Top 100 name.
    • Malia
      • Origin:

        Hawaiian variation of Mary
      • Meaning:

        "bitter"
      • Description:

        Malia rose up the charts back in 2009 when it was brought into the spotlight as the name of the Obama's eldest daughter. It leapt into the US Top 200, and while it hasn't reached that level of popularity again, it now sees steady usage, and is given to around 1100 girls every year.
    • Maliya
      • Mara
        • Origin:

          Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "bitter"
        • Description:

          Mara is the evocative ancient root of Mary, appearing in the Book of Ruth, in which Naomi, devastated after the death of her two sons, says "Call me not Naomi, call me Mara." It's one of the girl names starting with M that both fits in and stands out.
      • Marc
        • Origin:

          French, Welsh and Catalan variation of Mark
        • Description:

          Designer (as in Marc Jacobs) form of Mark. An international classic, but long falling in popularity as a boys' name.
      • Marco
        • Origin:

          Italian and Spanish form of Mark
        • Meaning:

          "warlike"
        • Description:

          Simple and universal, Marco is a Latin classic that would make a much livelier namesake for an Uncle Mark. It was used for her son by actress Jill Hennessy and goes well with surnames of any nationality.
      • Marcus
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "warlike"
        • Description:

          Though ancient, Marcus now sounds more current than Mark, in tune with today's trend towards us-ending Latinate names.
      • Margalit
        • Origin:

          Hebrew variation of Margaret
        • Meaning:

          "pearl"
        • Description:

          This unusual variation of Margaret is the real first name of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. It can make a distinctive way to honor an ancestral Margaret or a different long form for such nicknames as Maggie, Meg, or Margo.
      • Margaretta
        • Margaux
          • Origin:

            French spelling variation of Margo
          • Description:

            Yes, it's pronounced with a long o sound at the end, just like Margo and Margot. This spelling was popularized by supermodel, actress, and tragic Hemingway granddaughter Margaux, whose name spelling came courtesy of a bottle of French wine. (The original spelling of her name was Margot; she changed it when she heard her parents were drinking a bottle of Chateau Margaux the night she was conceived.) Margo itself is a diminutive of Margaret, which means "pearl" or, in its French version, "daisy." Margaret or Marguerite would be more stylish variations now.
        • Margot
          • Origin:

            French, diminutive of Margaret
          • Meaning:

            "pearl"
          • Description:

            Margot is suddenly a star again. After a nearly-half century absence, it hopped back on the Top 1000 list in 2013 and is on the rise. The Margot spelling is now given to three times as many baby girls as the Margo one.
        • Maria
          • Origin:

            Hebrew or Egyptian
          • Meaning:

            "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
          • Description:

            As a highly popular girls’ name in all Spanish-speaking countries, this saintly Latin variation of Mary retains a timeless beauty. Through the centuries, Maria remains one of the most widely-used girl names starting with M.