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First name origins & meanings:
- Greek: High tower
- Hebrew: Woman from Magdala; variation of Magdalene
- English: Flower; month of May
- Latin: Great
- Hebrew: Bitter; rebellion
- French: Dark; dark-haired
- Irish: Bitter
- English: Month of May
- Hebrew: Bitter
- Latin: Great
First name variations: Marlene, Magdalene, Magdalen, Magdalena, Maigarena, Mayalen, Madeleine, Madleen, Madalynn, Madelynne, Madelaine, Madalena, Madelon, Madelyn, Madlin, Madigan, Marleen, Marlena, Marline, Maighdlin, Maudlin, Malina, Magda, Mady, Maddy, Maddie, Matty, Mala, Mae, Lena, Lene, Magdaline, Maddalena, Mari, Merry, Marie, Maria, Miriam, Marian, Mame, Mamie, Maymie, Mayme, Mally, Molly, Polly, Mara, Maretta, Marel, Marella, Maren, Marlo, Mariette, Marieta, Meriel, Mimi, Minette, Minnie, Minny, Mitzi, Madonna, Marilla, Marla, Marya, Muriel, Manon, Manette, Marija, Marika, Maire, Mare, Marquita, Maure, Mairin, Mair, Maura, Maureen, Moira, Moire, Moya, Muire, Masha, Mairi, Mariya, Mashia, Mash, Mariath, Maura, Mora, Moira, Moreen, Moria, Moriah, Maurin, Maurine, Morena, Maurizia, Mo, Mae, Mai, Maia, Maya, Maye, Mayes, Mays, Maize, Madeline, Mae, Mary, Maureen
Last name origins & meanings:
- English, French, Danish, Dutch, and German: from a short form
of the personal name Matthias (see Matthew) or any of
its many cognates, for example Norman French Maheu.
- English, French, Dutch, and German: from a nickname or
personal name taken from the month of May (Middle English, Old French
mai, Middle High German meie, from Latin Maius
(mensis), from Maia, a minor Roman goddess of fertility).
This name was sometimes bestowed on someone born or baptized in the
month of May; it was also used to refer to someone of a sunny
disposition, or who had some anecdotal connection with the month of
May, such as owing a feudal obligation then.
- English: nickname
from Middle English may ‘young man or woman’.
(Connacht and Midlands): when not of English origin (see 1–3 above),
this is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Miadhaigh ‘descendant
of Miadhach’, a personal name or byname meaning ‘honorable’,
- French: habitational name from any of
various places called May or Le May.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from Mayen, a place in western Germany.
- Americanized spelling of cognates of 1 in various European
languages, for example Swedish
- Chinese: possibly a variant of
Mei 1, although this spelling occurs more often for the given
name than for the surname.
- Cape May, at the mouth of Delaware Bay, is named after the Dutch
explorer Cornelius Jacobsen May.
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