Girl Names That Begin With M
MAB (Irish) Joy. Notables: Queen Mab, the legendary Irish fairy queen.
MABEL (English) Lovable. Variations: Mabelle, Mable, Maybel, Maybell, Maybelle.
MACARIA (Spanish) Blessed. Variations: Macarea, Macarie.
MACKENNA (Irish) Child of the handsome one.
MACKENZIE (Irish) Child of a handsome leader. Notables: Actress Mackenzie Phillips. Variations: Mac, MacKenzie, Mackenze, Mackenzi, McKenzie, Mckenzie.
MACY (English) Matthew's estate; (French) Weapon. Notables: Singer Macy Gray.
MADELINE (French) From Magdalen. Notables: Actress Madeline Kahn; U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Variations: Mada, Madalena, Maddalena, Madalyn, Madelaine, Madelayne, Madeleine, Madelena, Madelene, Madelina, Madelyn, Madge, Madilin, Madiline, Madilyn, Madolyn, Magda.
MADIA (Arabic) To praise. Variations: Madiha, Madihah.
MADDIE (English) Short form of Madeline. Variations: Maddi, Maddy.
MADGE (Greek) Short form of Margaret or Madeline. Variations: Madgie.
MADISON (English) Child of Maud. Variations: Maddison, Madisen, Madisson, Madyson.
MADONNA (Latin) My lady. Notables: Singer Madonna.
MAE (English) Variation of May. Notables: Actress Mae West.
MAEVE (Irish) Intoxicating. Notables: Writer Maeve Binchy. Variations: Maive, Mave, Mayve.
MAGDA (Russian/Slavic) Form of Magdalen.
MAGDALEN (Greek) From Magdala, area in the Middle East. Variations: Magdala, Magdaleen, Magdalena, Magdalene, Magdaline, Magdalyn, Magdelen.
MAGENA (Native American) New moon.
MAGGIE (English) Short for Magdalen or Margaret. Notables: Actresses Maggie Smith and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Variations: Magi, Maggi, Maggy.
MAGNOLIA (Latin) Flowering tree.
MAHALA (Hebrew) Tenderness. Notables: Singer Mahalia Jackson. Variations: Mahalah, Mahalia, Mahaliah, Mahalla, Mahelia, Mehalia.
MAHOGANY (Spanish) Rich; strong.
La, De, Da…
The African-American community has cleverly spawned a creative trend in baby naming. By adding or combining “La,” “Da,” “De,” “Ja,” and “Ke” to the beginning of a classic name, the name becomes modern and unique: Dajuan, Dewayne, Latanya, Jalinda, Keshawn. Makes a fun alternative to Datom, Jadick, and Keharry.
MAIA (Greek) Mother. Variations: Maiya, Maya, Mya.
MAIDA (English) Maiden. Variations: Maidie, Mayda.
MAIRE (Irish) Form of Mary. Variations: Mair, Maira, Mairin.
MAISIE (Scottish) Pearl. Short form of Margaret. Variations: Maisey, Maisy, Maizie.
MALI (Thai) Flower.
MALKAH (Hebrew) Queen. Variations: Malcah, Malka, Malkia, Malkiah, Malkie, Malkit, Malkiya.
MALKIN (German) Battle maiden.
MALLORY (French) Unfortunate. Notables: Mallory Keaton, character on TV's Family Ties. Variations: Malloreigh, Mallorey, Mallorie, Malorey, Malori, Malorie, Malory.
For those who love to sail, fish, swim, or just enjoy the ocean, these names are defined as “from the sea,” “friend of the sea,” or “protector of the sea.”
MALVA (English) Form of Melba. Variations: Melva.
MALVINA (Scottish) Feminine form of Melvin. Variations: Malvi.
MAMIE (English) Form of Margaret. Notables: U.S. first lady Mamie Eisenhower; actress Mamie Van Doren. Variations: Mame, Mamee.
MANDA (Latin) Short form of Amanda.
MANDY (English) Lovable. Short form of Amanda. Notables: Singer Mandy Moore. Variations: Mandee, Mandey, Mandi, Mandie.
MANETTE (French) Defiant.
MANGENA (Hebrew) Song. Variations: Mangina.
MANON (French) Bitterness. Form of Marie.
MANSI (Native American) Picked flower. Variations: Mancey, Manci, Mancie, Mancy, Mansey, Mansie, Mansy.
MANUELA (Spanish) God is among us. Feminine version of Emanuel. Variations: Manuelita.
MANYA (Russian) Form of Maria.
MARA (Hebrew) Bitter. Variations: Marah.
MARABEL (English) Beautiful sea. Variations: Marabelle, Marable, Marbella.
MARCELLA (Latin) Warlike. Variations: Marcela, Marcelle.
MARCIA (Latin) Warlike. Feminine version of Mark. Notables: Actress Marcia Cross; lawyer Marcia Clark. Variations: Marce, Marcee, Marcela, Marcelia, Marcella, Marcelle, Marcena, Marcene, Marcey, Marci, Marcie, Marcina, Marcy, Marsha.
MARCY (English) Short form of Marcia or Marcella. Variations: Marcee, Marcey, Marci.
MARELLA (English) Combination of Mary and Elle. Variations: Marelle.
MAREN (Latin) Sea. Variations: Marin, Marren, Marrin.
MARETTA (English) Defiant. Variations: Marette.
MARGARET (English) Pearl. Notables: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; actress Margaret Hamilton. Variations: Greeta, Greetje, Grere, Gret, Greta, Gretal, Gretchen, Gretel, Grethal, Gretje, Gretl, Gretta, Groer, Maggi, Maggie, Maggy, Mair, Maire, Mairi, Mairona, Margara, Margareta, Margarethe, Margarett, Margaretta, Margarette, Margarita, Margarite, Marge, Margeret, Margerey, Margery, Margrett, Marguerette, Marguerite, Marjorie, Meagan, Meaghan, Meaghen, Meg, Megan, Megen, Meggi, Meggie, Meggy, Meghan, Meghann, Peg, Pegeen, Pegg, Peggey, Peggi, Peggie, Peggy, Reet, Reeta, Reita, Rieta, Ritta.
MARGARITA (Spanish/Italian) Form of Margaret.
MARGE (English) Short form of Margaret or Marjorie. Notables: Actress Marg Helgenberger; TV cartoon mom Marge Simpson. Variations: Marg.
MARGIE (English) Short form of Margaret or Marjorie. Variations: Margi, Margy, Marjie, Marjy.
MARGO (French) Form of Margaret. Notables: Actresses Margo Kidder and Margaux Hemingway. Variations: Margaux, Margot.
MARIA (Latin/Italian/Spanish) Form of Mary. Notables: Tennis pro Maria Sharapova; opera singer Maria Callas. Variations: Marea, Mariah, Marie, Marya.
MARIAH (Hebrew) Form of Mary. Notables: Singer Mariah Carey. Variations: Moriah.
MARIAN (French) Combination of first names “Mary” and “Ann.” Notables: Singer Marian Anderson. Variations: Mariana, Mariane, Mariann, Marianna, Marianne, Marion, Marrian, Marrion, Mary Ann, Maryann, Maryanna, Maryon, Maryonn.
MARIE (French) Variation of Mary. Notables: Scientist Marie Curie; former queen of France Marie Antoinette. Variations: Maree.
MARIEL (Dutch) Form of Mary. Notables: Actress Mariel Hemingway. Variations: Mariella, Marielle.
MARIETTA (French) Form of Mary. Notables: Actress Mariette Hartley. Variations: Mariette.
MARIGOLD (English) Flower.
MARILYN (English) Combination of first names “Mary” and “Lynn.” Notables: Actress Marilyn Monroe. Variations: Maralin, Maralynn, Marelyn, Marilee, Marilin, Marilynne, Marralynn, Marrilin, Marrilyn, Marylin, Marylyn.
MARINA (Latin) From the sea. Variations: Marena, Marinda, Marine, Marinna, Marna.
MARION (French) Form of Marian or Mary. Notables: Actress Marion Ross.
MARIS (Latin) Star of the sea. Variations: Marieca, Marisa, Marise, Marish, Marisha, Marissa, Marisse, Meris, Merisa, Merissa.
MARISOL (Spanish) Sunny sea.
MARISSA (Latin) Of the sea. Notables: Actress Marisa Tomei. Variations: Marisa.
MARIT (Scandinavian) Form of Margaret.
MARITA (Spanish) Form of Mary.
MARITZA (Arabic) Blessed.
MARJORIE (Greek) Form of Margaret. Notables: Literary heroine Marjorie Morningstar. Variations: Margery, Marjery, Marjori, Marjory.
MARKIE (Latin) Warlike. Feminine form of Mark. Notables: Actress Markie Post. Variations: Marki, Marky.
MARLA (English) Short form of Marlene. Notables: Actresses Marla Gibbs and Marla Maples. Variations: Marlee, Marley, Marlo, Marly.
MARLENE (English) Combined form of first and last names “Mary Magdalene.”Notables: Actress Marlene Dietrich. Variations: Marla, Marlaina, Marlaine, Marlana, Marlane, Marlayne, Marlea, Marlee, Marleen, Marleina, Marlena, Marley, Marlie, Marlina, Marlinda, Marline, Marlyn.
MARLO (English) Form of Mary or Marlene. Notables: Actress Marlo Thomas. Variations: Marlow, Marlowe.
MARNI (Hebrew) To rejoice. Variations: Marna, Marne, Marney, Marnia, Marnie, Marnina, Merina.
MARONA (Hebrew) Flock of sheep.
MARQUITA (Spanish) Ruler. Variations: Marqueda, Marquisa.
MARSHA (Latin) Warlike. Form of Marcia. Notables: Comedian Marsha Warfield.
MARTA (Spanish/Italian/Portuguese) Form of Martha.
MARTHA (Aramaic) Lady. Notables: Domestic diva Martha Stewart. Variations: Marcia, Marit, Marite, Marlet, Mart, Marta, Martell, Marth, Marthe, Marthena, Marti, Martie, Martina, Martita, Martus, Martuska, Marty, Martyne, Martynne, Masia, Matti, Mattie.
MARTI (English) Short form of Martha or Martina. Variations: Martie, Marty.
MARTINA (Latin) Warlike. Feminine version of Martin. Notables: Tennis pro Martina Navratilova; singer Martina McBride. Variations: Martine.
MARVA (English) Famous friend. Feminine version of Marvin.
MARVEL (French) Marvel. Variations: Marva, Marvela, Marvele, Marvella, Marvelle.
MATTHEA (Hebrew) Gift from God. Feminine version of Matthew. Variations: Mathea, Mathia, Mattea, Matthia, Mattia.
MARY (Hebrew) Bitterness. Notables: Singer Mary J. Blige; actress Mary Tyler Moore. Variations: Maree, Marella, Marelle, Mari, Marial, Marieke, Mariel, Mariela, Mariele, Mariella, Marielle, Marika, Marike, Maryk, Maura, Moira, Moll, Mollee, Molley, Molli, Mollie, Molly, Mora, Moria, Moyra.
MASHA (Russian) Form of Mary.
MATILDA (German) Maiden in battle. Variations: Maddi, Maddie, Maddy, Mat, Matelda, Mathilda, Mathilde, Matilde, Mattie, Matty, Matusha, Matylda, Maud, Maude, Tila, Tilda, Tildie, Tildy, Tilley, Tilli, Tillie, Tilly, Tylda.
MAUD (English) Short form of Madeline or Matilda. Notables: Actress/model Maud Adams. Variations: Maude.
MAURA (Irish) Form of Mary. Notables: Actress Maura Tierney. Variations: Moira.
MAUREEN (Irish) Variation of Mary. Notables: Actresses Maureen O'Sullivan, Maureen O'Hara, and Maureen McCormick. Variations: Maurene, Maurine, Moreen, Moureen.
Popular Names in Spain
MAUVE (French) Mallow plant.
MAVIS (French) Thrush. Variations: Mayvis.
MAXINE (English) Greatest in excellence. Notables: Singer Maxine Nightingale. Feminine version of Maximilian. Variations: Maxene, Maxi, Maxie, Maxima, Maximina, Maxina.
MAY (English) Calendar month. Variations: Mae, Mai, Mayleen, Maylene.
MAYA (Hindu) Illusion. Notables: Writer Maya Angelou. Variations: Maia, Mya.
MAYBELLINE (Latin) Form of Mabel. Variations: Maybeline.
MAYIM (Hebrew) Water. Notables: Actress Mayim Bialik.
MAYSA (Arabic) Walk proudly. Variations: Maisah.
MEAD (Greek) Wine of honey. Variations: Meade, Meede.
MEDEA (Greek) Ruling.
MEDINA (Arabic) City in Saudi Arabia.
MEDORA (English) Gift from mother.
MEG (English) Short form of Margaret or Megan. Notables: Actress Meg Ryan.
MEGAN (Irish) Form of Margaret. Notables: Actress Megan Mullaly. Variations: Magan, Magen, Maygen, Meagan, Meaghan, Megane, Megann, Megen, Meggen, Meghan.
MEGGIE (English) Familiar form of Margaret or Megan. Variations: Meggi, Meggy.
MEHITABEL (Hebrew) Benefited by God. Variations: Mehetabel.
MEIYING (Chinese) Beautiful flower.
MEL (English) Short form of Melanie or Melody.
MELANIE (Greek) Dark-skinned. Notables: Actress Melanie Griffith. Variations: Mel, Mela, Melaine, Melana, Melane, Melani, Melaniya, Melanka, Melany, Melanya, Melashka, Melasya, Melenia, Melka, Mellanie, Mellie, Melloney, Mellony, Melly, Meloni, Melonie, Melony, Milena, Milya.
MELBA (English) From Melbourne, Australia. Notables: Singer Melba Moore. Variations: Mellba, Mellva, Melva.
MELINA (Greek) Honey. Actress Melina Kanakaredes.
MELINDA (Greek) Honey. Variations: Malina, Malinda, Malinde, Mallie, Mally, Mel, Meleana, Melina, Melinde, Meline, Mellinda, Melynda, Mindi, Mindie, Mindy.
MELIORA (Latin) Better. Variations: Melora.
MELISANDE (French) Form of Melissa or Millicent. Variations: Melasandre, Mellisande.
MELISSA (Greek) Bee. Notables: Singer Melissa Etheridge; actress Melissa Joan Hart. Variations: Melisa, Melisande, Melisandra, Melisandre, Melissande, Melissandre, Melisse, Mellisa, Mellissa.
MELODY (Greek) Song. Variations: Melodee, Melodey, Melodia, Melodice, Melodie.
MELVINA (Irish) Great chief. Feminine form of Melvin. Variations: Malva, Malvina, Melva, Melvena, Melvine.
MENA (Dutch) Strength. Notables: Actress Mena Suvari. Variations: Menna.
MENIA (Scandinavian) Ancient mythological figure. Variations: Menja.
MERCEDES (Spanish) Mercy. Notables: Actress Mercedes Ruehl. Variations: Merced, Mercedez.
MERCIA (English) Ancient British kingdom.
MERCY (English) Merciful. Variations: Mercey, Merci, Mercia, Mercie, Mersey.
MEREDITH (Welsh) Great leader. Notables: TV host Meredith Viera; actress Meredith Baxter Birney. Variations: Meredithe, Merideth, Meridith, Merridith.
MERI (Scandinavian) Ocean. Variations: Meriata.
MERIEL (Irish) Brilliant seas. Variations: Merial, Meriol, Merrill.
MERLE (French) Blackbird. Notables: Actress Merle Oberon. Variations: Merl, Merla, Merlin, Merlina, Merline, Merlyn.
MERRY (English) Happy. Variations: Meri, Merri, Merrie, Merrilee, Merrily.
MERYL (English) Bright as the sea. Notables: Actress Meryl Streep. Variations: Merill, Merrall, Merrel, Merrell, Merrill, Meryle, Meryll.
MESSINA (Latin) Middle.
MIA (Italian) Mine. Notables: Actress Mia Farrow.
MICHAELA (Hebrew) Who is like God? Feminine version of Michael. Variations: Makaela, Micaela, Mical, Micala, Michael, Michaella, Michal, Michala, Mickaula, Mikaela, Mikayla, Mikella, Mikelle, Mychaela.
MICHELLE (French) Who is like God? Notables: Singer Michelle Branch; actress Michelle Pfeiffer. Variations: Michele, Mishell, Mishelle.
MICKI (American) Short form of Michaela or Michelle. Variations: Mickee, Mickey, Micky, Miki, Mikki.
MIDGE (English) Form of Margaret.
MIDORI (Japanese) Green.
MIGNON (French) Petite. Variations: Mignonette, Minyon.
MILA (Slavic) Loved by the people. Notables: Actresses Milla Jovovich and Mila Kunis. Variations: Milla.
MILADA (Czech) My love. Variations: Mila.
MILAGROS (Spanish) Miracle. Variations: Milagro, Milagrosa.
MILANA (Italian) From Milan, Italy.
MILDRED (English) Tender strength. Variations: Mildrid.
MILENA (Czech) Grace. Variations: Milada, Miladena, Miladka, Milana, Milanka, Milenka, Milka, Miluse, Miluska, Mlada, Mladena, Mladka, Mladuska.
MILETA (German) Generous.
MILLICENT (German) Born to power. Variations: Melicent, Meliscent, Mellicent, Milicent, Milley, Milli.
MILLIE (English) Short form of Millicent. Variations: Mili, Mille, Millee, Milly.
MIMI (French) Form of Miriam or Marie. Notables: Actress Mimi Rogers. Variations: Mim, Mimsie.
MINA (German) Protector. Short form of Wilhelmena. Variations: Mena, Minah.
MINDY (English) Short form of Melinda. Notables: Country singer Mindy McCready. Variations: Mindee, Mindi, Mindie.
MINERVA (Latin) Wise. The Roman goddess of wisdom.
MINETTA (English) Feminine nickname of William; (French) Faithful defender. Variations: Minette, Minna.
MING (Chinese) Tomorrow; shiny.
MINNA (German) Short form of Wilhelmina.
MINNIE (English) Short form of Minerva or Wilhelmina. Notables: Actress Minnie Driver. Variations: Mini, Minni, Minny.
MIRA (Spanish) To gaze. Notables: Actress Mira Sorvino.
MIRABEL (Latin) Wonderful. Variations: Mirabell, Mirabella, Mirabelle.
MIRACLE (Latin) Marvel.
MIRANDA (Latin) Admirable. Notables: Actress Miranda Richardson. Variations: Maranda, Meranda, Mira, Myranda, Randa, Randee, Randene, Randey, Randi, Randie, Randy.
MIREILLE (French) To admire. Variations: Mirela, Mirella, Mirelle.
MIRENA (Hawaiian) Beloved. Variations: Milena.
MIRIAM (Hebrew) Bitterness. Variations: Mariam, Merian, Miri, Miriama, Miriem, Mirriam, Mirrian, Miryam, Myriam.
MISHA (Russian) Form of Michaela. Notables: Actress Mischa Barton. Variations: Mischa.
MISSY (English) Short form of Melissa. Notables: Singer Missy Elliot. Variations: Missee, Missey, Missi, Missie.
MISTY (English) In a mist. Variations: Mistee, Misti, Mistie, Mysti, Mysty.
MITZI (German) Form of Mary. Notables: Actress Mitzi Gaynor. Variations: Mitzee, Mitzie, Mitzy.
MO (English) Short form of Maureen.
MODESTY (Latin) Modesty. Variations: Modesta, Modestia, Modestina, Modestine.
MOESHA (African-American) Drawn from water. Variations: Moeshia.
MOIRA (Irish) Pure. Variations: Moirah, Moire, Moirin.
MOLLY (English) Form of Mary. Notables: Actress Molly Ringwald. Variations: Molli, Mollie.
MONA (Irish) Noble. Notables: DaVinci subject Mona Lisa. Variations: Mony.
MONDAY (English) Day of the week.
MONICA (Latin) Adviser or nun; (Greek) Solitary. Notables: White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Variations: Monika, Monique.
MONIQUE (French) Form of Monica.
MONTANA (Spanish) Mountain. Variations: Montanna.
MORELA (Polish) Apricot.
MORGAN (Welsh) Great and bright. Notables: Actress Morgan Fairchild. Variations: Morgana, Morganna, Morganne, Morgen.
MORWENNA (Welsh) Maiden. Variations: Morwen, Morwynna.
MURIEL (Irish) Bright as the sea. Notables: Writer Muriel Spark. Variations: Muirgheal, Murial, Muriell, Murielle.
MURPHY (Irish) Sea warrior.
MYRA (Latin) Scented oil. Feminine version of Myron. Variations: Murah, Myria, Myriah.
MYRNA (Irish) Beloved. Notables: Actress Myrna Loy. Variations: Merna, Mirna, Muirna.
MYRTLE (English) Plant. Variations: Myrta, Myrtilla.
MYSTIQUE (French) Mysterious. Variations: Mistique, Misty, Mystica.