Unusual Female Names

Unusual Girl Names Starting with M

Unusual Female Names Starting With M

A list of beautiful, exotic, and unusual girl names starting with the letter M (with history of origin and meanings).

Last updated: March 26, 2022.

 

Mabel

Years of origin: circa 5th century (as Amabilis).

Origin: French.

Meaning: lovable, appealing.

History behind: name derived from the Latin word amabilis (translated as lovable).

Reference: Amabilis of Riom, French saint.

Mabel name variations: Mavella, Mabella, Mavel, Amabill.

 

Macrina

Name meaning: connected with the sea.

Origin: Roman.

Years of origin: circa 3rd century.

Reference: Macrina the Elder, grandmother of Basil the Great.

Macrina name variations: Makrinia, Makrina, Macrine, Macarine.

 

Madelyn

Origin: Greek or Latin.

Meaning: elevated, great, magnificent.

Madelyn name variations: Madelinia, Madelynia, Madeleine, Madeline.

 

Maeve

Country of origin: Ireland.

First mention: around 4th century (as Meadhbh).

Meaning: intoxicating, mead woman.

Reference: Meadhbh, queen of Connacht.

Maeve name variations: Maev, Maiv, Meibh, Meabh.

 

Maia

Years of origin: around 10th century BC (as Maya).

Origin: Hindu.

Meaning: leading to the goal or magic.

Maia name variations: Maienne, Mayenne, Maya.

 

Maisie

Origin: Greek and English.

Meaning: pearl, jewel.

Maisie name variations: Massie, Maisia, Maizie, Maisy.

 

Maite

Name meaning: love.

Origin: Basque.

Maite name variations: Mayte, Maitte, Maette, Maetta.

 

Malin

Name meaning: from Magdala.

Origin: Swedish and Hebrew.

History behind: it is a Swedish form of the name Magdalene.

Malin name variations: Magdalena, Magdala, Malina, Malinne, Magdalenne.

 

Marcella

Years of origin: circa 4th century.

Country of origin: Roman.

Meaning: young warrior.

Reference: Saint Marcella of Rome.

Marcella name variations: Marcelia, Marcellia, Marcela, Marzelia, Marzella.

 

Marcheline

Origin: French and Roman.

Meaning: young warrior.

Marcheline name variations: Marcelinne, Marceline, Marsheline.

 

Marcia

Years of origin: circa 4th century BC.

Origin: Roman.

Meaning: dedicated to Mars.

Marica name variations: Marshia, Marcie, Marcy.

 

Margherita

Name meaning: pearl.

Origin: Italian and Greek.

Margherita name variations: Margeritte, Margaritia, Marguerite, Margot, Margaret.

 

Marin

Years of origin: circa 2nd century.

Origin: Roman.

Meaning: related to the sea.

History behind: it is a feminine version of the name Marinus.

Marin name variations: Marinia, Marinne, Marine, Marilou.

 

Marion

Origin: Hebrew.

Meaning: pearl, jewel.

Marion name variations: Marrion, Marrien, Marien.

 

Marisol

Years of origin: circa 16th century.

Country of origin: Spain.

Meaning: sea and sun.

History behind: it is a shortened form of Maria de la Soledad.

Marisol name variations: Marysol, Marisa, Marilou.

 

Marletta

Name meaning: bird.

Origin: French.

Marletta name variations: Merlatta, Merlette, Marlease, Marliese, Marleta, Marlet.

 

Marnee

Name meaning: gladden, rejoice.

Origin: Hebrew.

Marnee name variations: Marni, Marnie, Marney, Marny, Marnette.

 

Mathilda

Years of origin: circa 8th century.

Origin: Old High German.

Meaning: mighty warrior.

Mathilda name variations: Matilda, Mathilde, Tilde, Tilda.

 

Maureen

Origin: English or Hebrew.

Meaning: truelove or gladden.

Note: can also mean the month of March.

Maureen name variations: Mayreen, Maureena, Mauryn.

 

Maven

Origin: American.

Meaning: specialist, expert.

Maven name variations: Mavenna, Mavella, Mave, Mavy.

 

Mayen

Years of origin: circa 11th century.

Origin: Old English.

Meaning: born in May.

Mayen name variations: Mayenna, Maayan, Mayan, Myanna.

 

Medea

Name meaning: schemer.

Origin: Greek.

Medea name variations: Medeia, Medeya, Meddea, Madeya.

 

Medeina

Name meaning: tree, forest.

Origin: Lithuanian.

Historical reference: Medeina, goddess of forest and animals in Lithuanian mythology.

Medeina name variations: Meddeine, Medeinne, Medenna, Medeinna, Medenna.

 

Meira

Origin: Hebrew.

Meaning: light.

Meira name variations: Meyra, Meiry, Mayra, Meirra, Moirra, Moira.

 

Melania

Years of origin: circa 4th century.

Origin: Roman.

Meaning: dark, shadowy.

Reference: Saint Melania the Elder.

Melania name variations: Melanie, Melanny, Mellany, Mellana, Melanna.

 

Melina

Name meaning: honey.

Origin: Roman.

Historical reference: Mellona (or Mellonia), Roman goddess of honey and bees.

Melina name variations: Mellona, Mellena, Meleina, Mellina.

 

Meredith

Years of origin: circa 9th century.

Origin: Welsh.

Meaning: great, notable, famed.

Meredith name variations: Meredithe, Morgetuid, Margetiud, Meredyth.

 

Mereswith

Name meaning: discrepant or notable.

Origin: Old Saxon, Old English, or Old Welsh.

Mereswith name variations: Merswith, Mersin, Merewith, Meressa, Mersina.

 

Merindah

Country of origin: Australia.

Meaning: comely, beautiful.

Merindah name variations: Marinda, Marindia, Merendia, Merrinda, Merynda, Merinda.

 

Mia

Years of origin: circa 17th century.

Origin: Slavic.

Meaning: dear, darling.

Mia name variations: Miia, Mila, Meeah, Miya.

 

Mikaela

Origin: Hebrew.

Meaning: heavenly, celestial.

Mikaela name variations: Mickaela, Mikaella, Michaella, Mickaella, Michaela, Michaella.

 

Mildred

Name meaning: delicate, gentle.

Origin: Old English.

Earliest mention of a name: around 7th century.

Historical reference: Saint Mildred, Abbess of Minster in Thanet.

Mildred name variations: Mildryth, Mildrith, Mildrid.

 

Mileva

Years of origin: circa 17th century.

Origin: Slavic.

Meaning: gracious, darling.

Mileva name variations: Milevia, Milleva, Maileva.

 

Millicent

Years of origin: circa 11th century.

Origin: Old French.

Meaning: strength, power.

Millicent name variations: Milicent, Milicenta, Millicenta.

 

Mina

Origin: English and Greek.

Meaning: messenger, interpreter.

Mina name variations: Minna, Emina, Minnia, Minnet.

 

Mirabelle

Origin: Latin.

Meaning: remarkable, wonderful.

History behind: name derived from the Latin word mirabilis (translated as wonderful and remarkable).

Mirabelle name variations: Mirabell, Mirabella, Mirabela.

 

Mireille

Name meaning: to admire.

Years of origin: circa 18th century.

Country of origin: France.

Mireille name variations: Mirella, Mireilla, Marielle.

 

Mireya

Name meaning: respected.

Years of origin: circa 19th century.

Country of origin: Spain.

Mireya name variations: Miria, Miryah, Mirreya.

 

Mona

Origin: Greek.

Meaning: secluded.

Mona name variations: Monna, Moona, Moonna.

 

Morena

Years of origin: circa 16th century.

Origin: Spanish.

Meaning: lord, chief, king.

Note: name can also mean brown.

Morena name variations: Morenia, Morenne, Moreina, Morenna, Marena.

 

Muirne

Name meaning: beautiful lips.

Origin: Old Irish.

Muirne name variations: Myrna, Merna, Muirna, Mirna, Muireann.

 

Muriel

Years of origin: circa 6th century.

Origin: Old Irish.

Meaning: sea, related to the sea.

History behind: name derived from Old Irish muir (translated as sea).

Muriel name variations: Murriel, Murielle, Murron, Myreall, Muirgheal, Merial, Mariel, Marriel.

 

Myanna

Name meaning: graceful, beautiful.

Origin: English and Hebrew.

History behind: derived from the Hebrew name Hannah (translated as grace).

Myanna name variations: Myana, Mienne, Mianna, Miana, Meanne, Myanne.

 

Myra

Years of origin: circa 2nd century BC.

Origin: Latin and Greek.

Meaning: wonder, admire.

History behind: name derived from the Latin word mirari (translated as wonder or admire).

Myra name variations: Myrra, Miranda, Myira, Myria, Myrea.

 

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