Maynard

Maynard comes from an English surname of Norman origin which derived from Germanic personal name Mainard, Meinard meaning “strength + hardy”, composed of Germanic elements magin (strength) and hard (brave, hardy).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “strength + brave, hardy”

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Maynerd (English)
  • Mainard (English, French)
  • Meinard (Dutch)
  • Meindert (Dutch)
  • Meinhard (German)
  • Meginhard (German)

Marian

Marian is probably a name many will associate with Maid Marian, a heroine in English folklore and the love interest of Robin Hood. Marian is an English female name, a variant of Marion, itself a medieval French diminutive of Marie, which ultimately derives from Hebrew Miriam,  a name of uncertain origin though several meanings have been ascribed to it such as “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, “obstinacy” or “wished for child” from a Hebrew root word. It’s also possible that it might have originated from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr or “love” via mr.

It’s also possible that Marian could be considered as a combination of the names Mary and Ann (“favor, grace”)

Marian is also a Polish, Czech, and Romanian male given name, in this case derived from Marianus, a derivative of Marius, a Roman family name on uncertain etymology and meaning. It’s been linked to Mars, the Roman god of war, but also as a masculine form of Maria (the Latinate form of Miriam) or from Latin mare “sea”, maria being its plural form. It’s also been linked to Latin mas “man, male”, but ultimately Marius may have originated from a Sabine origin.

Marian is also a Romanian, English, and French surname originating from the given name.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: a diminutive of Mary, meaning uncertain though various meanings attributed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, “obstinacy”, “wished for child”, “beloved” or “love”; a combination of Mary + Ann “favor, grace”; possibly from Latin “sea” or “man, manly”; may also be related to the Roman god of war, Mars

Usage: English (female only), Polish, Czech, Romanian, German (male)

Variants:

  • Marion (French, English)
  • Marianne (French, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish)
  • Marielle (French)
  • Mariette (French)
  • Marise (French)
  • Maryse (French)
  • Manon (French, Dutch)
  • Mariana (Ancient Roman, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Bulgarian)

Male forms:

  • Marián (Czech, Slovak, Hungarian)
  • Marion (English)
  • Marianus (Ancient Roman)
  • Marius (Ancient Roman, German, Romanian, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, French, Lithuanian, English)
  • Mariano (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Mario (Italian, Spanish, German, Croatian)

Mohammed

Mohammed محمّد is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Muhammed meaning “praised, commendable” via hammada حَمَّدَ (to praise, commend, laud) derived from a root word related to praising. It was the name of prophet Muhammad who introduced Islam to the Arabian peninsula which is likely why it’s such a popular boy’s name among Muslims.

Mohammed is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “praised, commendable”

Usage: Arabic, Bengali

Variants:

  • Muhammad (Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali, Tajik, Uzbek, Indonesian, Malay, Avar)
  • Mohammad (Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali, Tatar, Persian)
  • Muhammed (Arabic, Turkish)
  • Mohamed (Egyptian Arabic, Maghrebi Arabic, Dhivehi)
  • Mohamad (Arabic, Malay, Indonesian, Filipino, Maguindanao, Maranao)
  • Mahometus (Latinized Arabic form of the name)
  • Mahomet (anglicized form of Mahometus, an obsolete spelling)
  • Mehmet (Turkish)
  • Mehmed (Ottoman Turkish, Bosnian)
  • Muhammet (Turkish)
  • Mamadou (Western African)
  • Muhammadu (Western African, Hausa, Fula)
  • Mahamadou (Western African
  • Mamadu (Western African)
  • Mochamad (Indonesian)
  • Mochammad (Indonesian)
  • Muhamad (Indonesian, Malay, Avar)
  • Muhamed (Bosnian)
  • Muhamet (Albanian)
  • Məhəmməd (Azerbaijani)
  • Məmməd (Azerbaijani)
  • Mahammad (Azerbaijani)
  • Mokhmad (Chechen)
  • Magomed (Chechen, Avar)
  • Magomet (Chechen, Avar, Ossetian)
  • Mukhamed (Kazakh)
  • Mukhammed (Kazakh)
  • Mihemed (Kurdish)
  • Makhamat (Ossetian)
  • Maxamed (Somali, Eastern African)
  • Muhemmet (Uyghur)

Mylo

Mylo is a variant spelling of Milo, an Old Germanic form of Miles. Although the meaning and etymology behind the name is unclear, it’s been linked to Slavic name element milu meaning “gracious, dear”; Miles has also been linked to Latin word mīles meaning “soldier; knight”, a word that derives from an unknown origin, possibly Etruscan, but that seems to be more of a folk etymology than actual fact.

Milo is also the Latinized form of Milon, an Ancient Greek male name meaning “yew”; Milo (Milon) of Croton was a famous wrestler in Ancient Greece in the 6th century, who had won several victories in the Olympic and Pythian Games, and his name became associated with extraordinary strength.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: uncertain though it’s been linked to a Slavic element “gracious, dear”, and has also been associated through folk etymology with Latin mīles “soldier; knight”; also a Latinized form of Ancient Greek Milon “yew”

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Milo (English, Ancient Germanic)
  • Miles (English)
  • Myles (English)

Martin

Martin is a shortened form of Ancient Roman Martinus, a derivative of Mars, the Roman god of war (and the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology. It’s been linked to Latin mas meaning “man, male” of unknown origin though perhaps derived from a PIE root word meaning young man. However, it’s possible that Mars may be related to an older source, perhaps adopted from the Etruscan god Maris (the god of agriculture and fertility); this might be possible since Mars was also associated with agriculture and fertility.

Mars could also be a contracted form of an older name, Mavors, a cognate of Oscan Mamers. Etruscan seems to be a pre-Indo-European language of which very little is known about; the Etruscan civilization was conquered and than assimilated by the Ancient Romans, and the Etruscan language eventually died out with very little of it left behind. The origin of both names is unknown, but Mavors could possibly be related to Latin mah or margh (to cut) and vor (to turn) essentially meaning “turner of the battle”. Mars could also be derived from the same PIE root as Sanskrit marici “ray of light”, ultimately derived from PIE *mer- meaning “to die; to disappear”. It could also be associated with Latin marceo meaning “to (cause to) wither” and “to (make) shrivel” and Latin marcus meaning “hammer”, but the links are tenuous at best.

Martin is also the name of a type of bird related to the swallow- something about the bird migrating during the time of Martinmas (a festival celebrating St. Martin of Tours, a former Roman soldier who left and became the bishop of Tours). However, as an English surname it may have originated as a topographical name either meaning “settlement by the boundary” via Old English elements mǣre (boundary, border) and tūn (settlement) or “settlement by the lake” with the first element via Old English mere (sea, ocean; lake).

Origin: unknown, possibly Etruscan; Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: from Ancient Roman Martinus “belonging to Mars”, a name of uncertain origin and meaning though various possible meanings attributed to it are “man, male”, “turner of the battle”, perhaps from PIE root word *mer- (to die), or related to Latin marceo “to (cause to) wither” or “to (make) shrivel”, or Latin marcus “hammer”- though all of them are tenuous; Martin is also an English surname, a locational name “settlement by the boundary” or “settlement by the lake”

Usage: English, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Romanian, Russian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Finnish, Spanish

Nicknames: Marty/Martie, Mart (Dutch), Tine (Slovene), Tinek (Slovene), Tin (Croatian), Matxin (Basque)

Variants:

  • Martinus (Ancient Roman, Dutch)
  • Maarten (Dutch)
  • Marten (Dutch)
  • Martijn (Dutch)
  • Merten (German)
  • Mårten (Swedish)
  • Morten (Danish, Norwegian)
  • Márton (Hungarian)
  • Martti (Finnish)
  • Mattin (Basque)
  • Martí (Catalan)
  • Máirtín (Irish)
  • Martino (Italian)
  • Martynas (Lithuanian)
  • Marcin (Polish)
  • Martim (Portuguese)
  • Martinho (Portuguese)
  • Martín (Spanish)
  • Martyn (Welsh, Ukrainian)

Female forms:

  • Martine (French, Dutch, Norwegian, English)
  • Martina (German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Slovene, English, Dutch, Swedish, Ancient Roman)
  • Martyna (Polish)

Mason

Mason originated as an English surname, an occupational name for a stonemason, someone who worked with stone. Masons were highly skilled craftsmen, responsible for the creation of thousands of buildings, castles, and churches, and stonemasonry was an important craft during the Middle Ages.

The word comes from Middle English masoun via Anglo-Norman masson, maçon (mason; builder) which may be derived from Frankish *makjōn (to build, work, make) via PIE *mag– (to knead, mix, make).

OriginProto-Indo-European

Meaning: “stoneworker”

Usage: English 

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Variants:

  • Mayson (English)
  • Maison (English)
  • Macon (English)
  • Maçon (French)
  • Mâcon (French)