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  1. MATTANIAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Mattanyah, meaning "gift of God." In the bible, this is the name of many characters; this was Zedekiah's name before the captivity; he changed it after becoming Judah's last king.
  2. MATTATHIAH: Anglicized form of Greek Mattathias, meaning "gift of God." In the bible, this is the name of one of Christ's ancestors.
  3. MATTHEW: English form of French Mathieu, meaning "gift of God." In the bible, this is the name of one of the twelve apostles and author of the first Gospel of the New Testament.
  4. MATTHIAS: Anglicized form of Greek Maththias, meaning "gift of God." In the bible, this is the name of the apostle who took the place of Judas Iscariot.
  5. MATTIE: Pet form of English Matthew, meaning "gift of God." Compare with feminine Mattie.
  6. MATTITHIAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Mattithyah, meaning "gift of God." In the bible, this is the name of several characters, including a member of the family of Nebo.
  7. MATTY: Variant spelling of English Mattie, meaning "gift of God." Compare with feminine Matty.
  8. MAURICE: Contracted form of Roman Latin Mauricius, meaning "dark-skinned; Moor." Introduced to Britain by the Normans. Infrequently used by the French and English.
  9. MAVERICK: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the vocabulary word maverick, originally meaning "unbranded range animal." This was the surname of Samuel Maverick (1803-1870), a Texas cattleman who refused to brand his cattle. Its use as a personal name first began in the early 1990s after the release of the movie "Maverick" starring Mel Gibson. The sense of "unconventional person," is first recorded in 1886, and seems to have developed from the notion of being "independent, masterless."
  10. MAX: English short form of both Latin Maximilian "the greatest rival" and Scottish Maxwell "the stream of Mack." 
  11. MAXIMILIAN: Short form of Latin Maximilianus, meaning "the greatest rival." In use by the English and Germans.
  12. MAYNARD: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the Norman personal name Mainard, meaning "strong and hardy."
  13. MAYNERD: Variant spelling of English Maynard, meaning "strong and hardy."
  14. MAYSON: Variant spelling of English Mason, meaning "stone-worker."
  15. MCKENZIE: Variant spelling of English unisex Mackenzie, meaning "comely, finely made."
  16. MEAD: English surname transferred to unisex forename use, denoting someone who "lives by a meadow." 
  17. MEADE: Variant spelling of English unisex Mead, meaning "lives by a meadow."
  18. MEDAD: Anglicized form of Hebrew Meydad, meaning "love." In the bible, this is the name of a prophet who lived in the time of Moses.
  19. MEED: Variant spelling of English unisex Mead, meaning "lives by a meadow."
  20. MEL: Unisex short form of English names beginning with Mel-.
  21. MELBOURNE: English surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements mylla "mill" and burne "stream," hence "mill stream."
  22. MELECH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Melek, meaning "king." In the bible, this is the name of the second son of Micah.
  23. MELVILLE: Scottish surname of Norman French origin, transferred to English forename use, from the name of various places in Normandy called Malleville, meaning "bad settlement."
  24. MELVIN: English name of uncertain origin, possibly an altered form of Melville, meaning "bad settlement." 
  25. MELVYN: Variant spelling of English Melvin, meaning "bad settlement." 
  26. MENAHEM: Anglicized form of Hebrew Menachem, meaning "comforter." In the bible, this is the name of a king of Israel who was notorious for his cruelty.
  27. MERARI: Anglicized form of Hebrew Merariy, meaning "bitter, unhappy." In the bible, this is the name of the third son of Levi.
  28. MEREDITH: English unisex name derived from Welsh Meredydd, probably meaning "sea day" or "sea sun."
  29. MERIT: Variant spelling of English unisex Merritt, meaning "boundary gate." Compare with strictly feminine Merit.
  30. MERLE: English unisex name, derived from the Old French word merle, meaning "blackbird." It first came to public notice in the 1930s with the actress Merle Oberon, and is mostly given to girls.
  31. MERLIN: English form of Latin Merlinus, the name of a famous wizard of Arthurian legend, meaning "sea-fort." Merlin was introduced into Arthurian legend by Geoffrey of Monmouth. According to Geoffrey, Merlin was the son of a demon and a princess. He became known for his prophetic abilities at a very young age and was consulted by King Vortigern to explain why his castle kept collapsing. Merlin revealed that there was an underground lake in which two dragons slept, a white one and a red one, representing the Saxons and Britons, and this was the portent for things to come. He is also called Myrddin Emrys, meaning "Merlin the Immortal." 
  32. MERLYN: Unisex form of English Merlin, meaning "sea fort."
  33. MERRICK: English surname transferred to forename use, from an Old Norman French personal name composed of the Germanic elements mari/meri "fame" and ric "power," hence "famous power." 
  34. MERRILL: English surname transferred to unisex forename use, derived from the personal name Meriel, meaning "sea-bright."
  35. MERRITT: English surname transferred to unisex forename use, from the Old English term moere gaet, meaning "boundary gate." 
  36. MERTON: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the name of various places composed of the Old English elements mere "lake, pool" and tun "enclosure, settlement," hence "lake settlement."
  37. MERV: Short form of English Mervin, meaning "marrow-eminent."
  38. MERVIN: Variant spelling of English Mervyn, meaning "marrow-eminent."
  39. MERVYN: Anglicized form of Welsh Merfyn, meaning "marrow-eminent."
  40. MERYL: Variant form of English unisex Merrill, meaning "sea-bright."
  41. MERYLE: Variant spelling of English unisex Merrill, meaning "sea-bright."
  42. MESECH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Meshek, meaning "to draw." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Japheth.
  43. MESHECH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Meshek, meaning "to draw." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Japheth.
  44. METHUSAEL: Anglicized form of Hebrew Methuwshael, meaning "man of God." In the bible, this is the name of a descendant of Cain.
  45. METHUSELAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Methuwshelach, meaning "man of the dart." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Enoch. He lived to the age of 969 years. 
  46. METUSHAEL: Variant spelling of English Methusael, meaning "man of God."
  47. MICAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Miyka, meaning "who is like God?" In the bible, this is the name of several characters, including the father of Mattaniah.
  48. MICAIAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Miyka, meaning "who is like God?" In the bible, this is the name of several characters, including the father of Mattaniah.
  49. MICAJAH: Variant spelling of English Micaiah, meaning "who is like God?"
  50. MICHA: Variant spelling of English Michah, meaning "who is like God?"
  51. MICHAEL: Anglicized form of Greek Michaēl (Hebrew Miyka'el), meaning "who is like God?" or literally "El's likeness." In the Old Testament bible, this is the name of many characters, including the prince of Angels, the first archangel who was closest to God and became the guardian angel of Israel. In the New Testament, he leads the angelic host against the Apocalyptic Dragon. The Dead Sea Scrolls contain a story entitled "The War of the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness," in which Michael is described as the "viceroy of heaven," a title said to once belong to Satan. His name was the war-cry of the angels when he led them in battle against their chief antagonist, Samael
  52. MICHAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Miykah, meaning "who is like God?" In the bible, this is the name of many characters, including a minor prophet.
  53. MICHAYA: Variant spelling of English Micaiah, meaning "who is like God?" 
  54. MICK: Pet form of English Michael, meaning "who is like God?" Rarely used anymore due to its use as a derogatory term for a Catholic Irishman.
  55. MICKEY: Unisex pet form of English Michael and Michaela, both meaning "who is like God?"
  56. MICKY: Pet form of English Michael, meaning "who is like God?"
  57. MIDIAN: Anglicized form of Hebrew Midyan, meaning "strife, war." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Abraham.
  58. MIKE: Pet form of English Michael, meaning "who is like God?"
  59. MIKI: Pet form of English Michael, meaning "who is like God?"
  60. MILBURN: English surname transferred to forename use, from the name of a place in Cumbria, composed of the Old English elements mylen "mill" and burna "stream," hence "mill-stream."
  61. MILE: Middle English name of uncertain origin, but commonly associated with Latin Milo, meaning "soldier." Compare with another form of Mile.
  62. MILES: Patronymic form of English Mile, meaning "son of Mile."
  63. MILFORD: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the name of numerous places composed of the Old English elements mylen "mill" and ford "ford," hence "mill ford."
  64. MILLARD: English surname transferred to forename use, from a variant of the surname Millward, a form of Millweard, an old Anglo-Saxon occupational surname composed of the Old English elements mylen "mill" and weard "guardian," hence "mill-guard."
  65. MILTON: English surname transferred to forename use, form the name of various places, most of which were derived from the Old English word mylentun, meaning "mill settlement."
  66. MITCH: Short form of English Mitchell, meaning "who is like God?"
  67. MITCHELL: English surname transferred to forename use, from a medieval form of Michael, meaning "who is like God?" 
  68. MIYKAH (מִיכָה): Hebrew name meaning "who is like God?" In the bible, this is the name of many characters, including a minor prophet. The Anglicized form is Michah.
  69. MO: Pet form of English Morris, meaning "dark-skinned; Moor." Compare with feminine Mo.
  70. MOAB: Anglicized form of Hebrew Mowab, meaning "water," i.e. "seed," hence "of his father." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Lot.
  71. MOE: Pet form of English Moses, meaning "drawn out."
  72. MOISE: Middle English form of French Moisé, meaning "drawn out."
  73. MONTAGUE: English surname transferred to forename use, originally a Norman baronial name composed of the Old French elements mont "hill, mountain" and aigu "pointed," hence "pointed mountain."
  74. MONTE: Variant spelling of English Monty, meaning "pointed mountain."
  75. MONTGOMERY: English surname transferred to forename use, originally a Norman baronial name composed of Old French mont "hill" and the Germanic personal name Gomeric, hence "hill of Gomeric."
  76. MONTMORENCY: English surname transferred to forename use, originally a Norman baronial name composed of Old French mont "hill" and Germanic Morency, hence "hill of Morency."
  77. MONTY: Pet form of English Montague "pointed mountain," and more rarely Montgomery "hill of Gomeric." 
  78. MORDECAI: Anglicized form of Hebrew Mordekay, meaning "devotee of Marduk (Mars)" or "little man." In the bible, this is the name of a cousin of Queen Esther.
  79. MORDECHAI: Variant spelling of English Mordecai, meaning "devotee of Marduk (Mars)" or "little man."
  80. MORDRED: Old English Arthurian legend name of a Knight of the Round Table who was the illegitimate son and traitor of King Arthur, possibly meaning "sea counsel." He was brother (or half-brother) to Agravain, Gaheris, Gareth, and Gawain, and noted for having crowned himself and married Guinevere while Arthur was waging war on Emperor Lucius of Rome. He was killed by Arthur at the Battle of Camlann
  81. MORGAN: Welsh name, derived from ancient Celtic Morcant, probably meaning "sea circle." In use by the English as a unisex name.
  82. MORGEN: English variant spelling of Welsh Morgan, probably meaning "sea circle." In use by the English as a unisex name.
  83. MORIARTY: Irish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Muircheartaigh "descendant of Muircheartach," hence "skilled seaman."
  84. MORLEY: English surname transferred to forename use, from the name of numerous places composed of the Old English elements mor "marsh, moor," and leah "meadow, pasture," hence "marsh meadow."
  85. MORRIS: Medieval English form of Roman Latin Maurice, meaning "dark-skinned; Moor."
  86. MORRISSEY: Irish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Muirgheasa "descendant of Muirgheas," hence "sea-taboo." 
  87. MORT: Short form of English Morton "settlement on the moor," and Mortimer "dead sea."
  88. MORTIMER
    1. Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Muiriartach, meaning "mariner, seaman."
    2. English surname transferred to forename use, from the Norman baronial name Mortemer, composed of the Old French elements morte "dead" and mer "sea," hence "dead sea," which may have referred to either the biblical Dead Sea or a stagnant marsh.
  89. MORTON: English surname transferred to forename use, from the name of various places derived from Old English mortun, meaning "settlement on the moor." 
  90. MORTY: Pet form of English Morton "settlement on the moor," and Mortimer "dead sea."
  91. MOSE: Short form of English Moses, meaning "drawn out."
  92. MOSÈ: Italian form of English Moses, meaning "drawn out."
  93. MOSES: Anglicized form of Hebrew Moshe and Greek Mouses, meaning "drawn out." In the bible, this is the name of the leader who brought the Israelites out of bondage and led them to the promised land. 
  94. MOSS: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from medieval Jewish Moss (2), meaning "drawn out." Compare with another form of Moss.
  95. MURDANIE: Pet form of English Murdoch, meaning "sea warrior."
  96. MURDIE: Pet form of English Murdoch, meaning "sea warrior."
  97. MURDO: Pet form of English Murdoch, meaning "sea warrior."
  98. MURDOCH: Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Muireadhach, meaning "sea warrior."
  99. MURDOCK: Scottish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Muireadhach, meaning "sea warrior."
  100. MURDY: Pet form of English Murdoch, meaning "sea warrior."
  101. MURGATROYD: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from a place name meaning "the clearing belonging to Margaret."
  102. MURPHY: Irish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Murchadha "descendant of Murchadh," hence "sea-warrior."
  103. MURRAY: Scottish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Muireach, meaning "sea warrior."
  104. MURTAGH: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Muircheartaigh "descendant of Muircheartach," hence "skilled seaman." Compare with another form of Murtagh.
  105. MURTY: Pet form of English Murdock, meaning "sea warrior."
  106. MYLES: Variant spelling of English Miles, meaning "son of Mile."
  107. MYRON (Μύρων): Greek name adopted by early English Christians because of its association with the gift of myrrh given to Jesus by the Magi, derived from the Greek word myron, meaning "myrrh."
  108. NAFTALI: Anglicized form of Hebrew Naphtaliy, meaning "my strife" or "wrestling." 
  109. NAHOR: Anglicized form of Greek Nachor (Hebrew Nachowr), meaning "snoring" or "snorting." In the bible, this is the name of the son of Terah and brother of Abraham. Compare with another form of Nahor.
  110. NAHUM: Anglicized form of Hebrew Nachuwm, meaning "comfort." In the bible, this is the name of a minor prophet who foretold the fall of Nineveh.
  111. NANDY: Pet form of English Ferdinand, meaning "ardent for peace."
  112. NAPHTALI: Anglicized form of Hebrew Naphtaliy, meaning "my strife" or "wrestling." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Jacob and Bilhah.
  113. NASH: English topographic surname transferred to forename use, derived from Middle English atten ash ("at the ash"), hence "lives by an ash tree."
  114. NAT: Short form of English Nathan "a giver" or "given of God" and Nathaniel "given of God." Compare with another form of Nat.
  115. NATHAN: Anglicized form of Greek Natham, meaning "a giver" or "given of God." In the bible, this is the name of a son of David. Compare with another form of Nathan.
  116. NATHANIEL: English form of Greek Nathanael, meaning "given of God" or "whom God gave." In the New Testament bible, this is the name of an apostle, probably the same person as Bartholomew.
  117. NEAL: Variant spelling of English Neil, meaning "champion."
  118. NEAS: Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Eighneachan, possibly meaning "man of force."
  119. NEBUCHADNEZZAR: Anglicized form of Hebrew Nebuwkadnetstsar, meaning "Nebo, defend my crown" or "Nebo, defend my firstborn son." In the bible, this is the name of a ruler of Babylon who conquered Judah and Jerusalem and destroyed temples.
  120. NEBUCHADREZZAR: Anglicized form of Hebrew Nebuwkadnetstsar, meaning "Nebo, defend my crown" or "Nebo, defend my firstborn son." In the bible, this is the name of a ruler of Babylon who conquered Judah and Jerusalem and destroyed temples.
  121. NEDABIAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Nedabyah, meaning "whom Jehovah impels." In the bible, this is the name of one of the sons of king Jehoiachin of Judah.
  122. NED: Pet form of English Edward, meaning "guardian of prosperity."
  123. NEELY: Pet form of English Neal, meaning "champion."
  124. NEHEMIAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Nechemyah, meaning "Jehovah comforts" or "whom Jehovah comforts." In the bible, this is the name of several characters, including a governor of Judah under the Persian king Artachshatra.
  125. NEIL: Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Niall, arrived at this form via Norman French Nel, meaning "champion." 
  126. NEILL: Variant spelling of English Neil, meaning "champion."
  127. NEKODA: Anglicized form of Hebrew Neqowda, meaning "distinguished." In the bible, this is the name of the head of a family of Babylonian exiles.
  128. NELSON: English patronymic surname transferred to forename use, meaning "son of Neil."
  129. NEO: Modern English name derived from the Greek word neos, meaning "new." Compare with another form of Neo.
  130. NETHANEEL: Anglicized form of Hebrew Nethanel, meaning "given of God" or "whom God gave." In the Old Testament bible, this is the name of many characters, including the fourth son of Jesse.
  131. NETHANIAH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Nethanyah, meaning "given of Jehovah" or "whom Jehovah gave." In the bible, this is the name of several characters, including the father of the murderer of Gedaliah.
  132. NEVADA: English unisex name derived from the U.S. state name, meaning "snow-capped."
  133. NEVAN: Variant spelling of English Nevin, meaning either "little bone" or "little saint."
  134. NEVIL: Variant spelling of English Neville, meaning "new town."
  135. NEVILLE: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from a Norman baronial name meaning "new town."
  136. NEVIN: Irish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of either Gaelic Cnámhín, a nickname for a skinny man meaning "little bone," or from Gaelic Naomhán, meaning "little saint."
  137. NEWT: Short form of English Newton, meaning "new settlement."
  138. NEWTON: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the name of various places composed of the Old English elements neowe "new" and tun "enclosure, settlement," hence "new settlement."
  139. NIC: English short form of Latin Dominic "belongs to the lord" and English Nicholas "victor of the people." 
  140. NICHOLAS
    1. Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Aonghus, meaning "excellent valor."
    2. English form of French Nicolas, meaning "victor of the people." 
  141. NICK: Short form of English Nicholas/Nickolas, meaning "victor of the people."
  142. NICKOLAS: Variant spelling of English Nicholas, meaning "victor of the people."
  143. NICKY: Unisex pet form of English Nichole and Nicholas, meaning "victor of the people."
  144. NIDHOGG: Anglicized form of Old Norse Níðhöggr, meaning "dreaded striker." In mythology, this is the name of a dragon or serpent who gnaws at the roots of the world tree Yggdrasill.
  145. NIEL: Variant spelling of English Neil, meaning "champion." Compare with another form of Niel.
  146. NIGEL: Middle English form of Latin Nigellus, meaning "champion."
  147. NILES: English patronymic surname transferred to forename use, meaning "son of Neal."
  148. NIMBUS: Modern English name derived from the vocabulary word, nimbus, originally meaning "bright cloud surrounding a god," from Latin nimbus "cloud." It may also be related to nebula "cloud, mist." 
  149. NIMROD: Anglicized form of Hebrew Nimrowd, meaning "rebel." In the bible, this is the name of a great-grandson of Noah who was a renowned hunter.
  150. NIVEK: Modern English name created by spelling Kevin ("little comely one") backwards.

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