Maximus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Greatest.”

Pronunciation: (MAKS-ih-muss)

Nicknames: Max, Maxime, Maxus

Detail: From the Roman byname derived from the Latin maximus, “greatest”.

This was the name of a 7th century monk and theologian from Constantinople, Saint Maximus.

Male Variations:

  • Massimo (Italian)
  • Maxence (French) [mak-SAHN-seh] Listen
  • Maxime (French)
  • Maximillian (English)
  • Maximo (Spanish)
  • Maximus (Ancient Roman)

Female Variations:

  • Maxima (Ancient Roman)
  • Maxine (French)

Mercer


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Vendor of sewing materials.”

Pronunciation: (MER-ser)

Nicknames: Mer, Mero

Detail: Transferred use of the surname, in origin an occupational name for a trader of sewing materials (Old French mercier, from Late Latin mercarius, a derivative of merx meaning “merchandise”).

Mercutio


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Mercury.”

Pronunciation: (mur-KYOO-shee-oh)

Nicknames: Mac, Mek, Merk, Merro, Murry, Cue, Tio

Detail: The name comes from Mercury, the Roman messenger god.

Mercutio is a character of Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”.

“If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.”

Maverick


Maverick (Tom Cruise) in Top Gun

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “An independent, free spirit.”

Pronunciation: (MAV-er-ik)

Nicknames: Mac, Mav

Detail: Maverick’s language of origin is English-American. The name’s meaning is “a wild nonconformist”.

Matryona


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Russian from Latin

Meaning: “Mother.”

Pronunciation: (mah-tree-OH-nuh)

Nicknames: Mona, Mattie, Trya, Tony

Detail: The name Matryona is related to the Latin root mater meaning “mother”.

Matryona’s Place (sometimes Matryona’s Home or House) is a story written in 1959 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It is the tale of an old peasant woman’s determined struggle against cold, hunger, and greedy relatives.

Miranda


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Adorable.”

Pronunciation: (mih-RAN-da)

Nicknames: Mira, Miri, Mia,

Detail: The name is derived from the root word mirari “to admire; to wonder at”; it was invented by Shakespeare for the daughter of Prospero in his play The Tempest.

Miranda is the smallest and innermost of Uranus’ five major moons.

Merope


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Mortal; bee-mask; eloquent.”

Pronunciation: (mair-OH-pee); (mer-OH-pee)

Nicknames: Mero, Meri, Rope, Rory

Detail: In the Harry Potter series Merope Gaunt is the mother of dear Lord Voldemort.

In Greek mythology, Merope is one of the seven Pleiades (Maia, Electra, Taygete, Celaeno, Alcyone, Sterope, and Merope). She fell in love with a mortal man (as did Merope Gaunt) and being ashamed of this, she is the faintest star in the constellation.

Mafalda


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Mighty in battle.”

Pronunciation: (mah-FAHL-dah)

Nicknames: Maffy, Mafa

Detail: Mafalda is a Spanish and Italian variant form of Matilda, from the Germanic maht “strength” and hild “battle”.

In Rowling’s Harry Potter Mafalda Hopkirk is an improper Use of Magic Office employee at the Ministry of Magic.

Fenja & Menja


Fenja

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Fresh water; spring.”

Pronunciation: (FEHN-yah)

Nicknames: Fenna, Fen

 

Menja

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Necklace.”

Pronunciation: (MEHN-yah)

Detail: At the time there was a magic mill in Denmark, which no one had been strong enough to operate. Frodi, the Danish king, purchased two giantess slave girls, Fenja and Menja, who were large and strong. He made them grind out gold, peace, and prosperity, allowing them no rest, until finally they ground out an army against him, led by the sea king, Mysing. Mysing conquered Frodi, seized the mill and the slaves and bade them to grind salt. He too allowed them no rest. A little later, the ship sank, apparently from the grinding of the slave girls, and that is why the sea is salty.

Fenja is a  Scandinavian goddess of physical prowess.

Metrodora


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Gift of the city.”

Nicknames: Metra, Metro, Mettie, Dora

Detail: Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora are virgin martyrs venerated by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. According to tradition, the three women were sisters from Bithynia in Asia Minor. They chose not to marry and to forsake the world. They found a home in a remote location and spent their days in fasting and prayer. When reports reached the governor of the region, Frontonius, that the ill had supposedly been healed as a result of their prayers, he ordered that they be arrested and brought before him. When they refused to forsake Christianity, the governor ordered that they be tortured and then killed. After their deaths, the governor was supposedly struck by lightning and killed as well.

Menodora


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Gift of the moon.”

Nicknames: Meno, Mena, Meni, Dora

Detail: Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora are virgin martyrs venerated by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. According to tradition, the three women were sisters from Bithynia in Asia Minor. They chose not to marry and to forsake the world. They found a home in a remote location and spent their days in fasting and prayer. When reports reached the governor of the region, Frontonius, that the ill had supposedly been healed as a result of their prayers, he ordered that they be arrested and brought before him. When they refused to forsake Christianity, the governor ordered that they be tortured and then killed. After their deaths, the governor was supposedly struck by lightning and killed as well.