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MARTHA   m   English, Spanish, Scandinavian, Greek, Biblical
Pronounced: MAR-tha, MAR-ta
        Means "mistress of the house" or "lady" in Aramaic. The appropriate first name of the first "First Lady", Martha Washington.
Variants: Marthe-French, German / Marta-Spanish, Italian, Portugese, Romanian, Polish / M árta-Hungarian / Märtaanish-unknown / Nicknames: Mart, Marty, Mat, Mattie, Patsy, Patty
MARY   f   English, Biblical
Pronounced: MER-ee
        Usual English form of Maria, which was the Latin form of the New Testament name Mariam. The actual meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories: "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child" (all from Hebrew). However it is most likely an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love". This is the name of several New Testament characters, most importantly Mary the Virgin Mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. The form Miriam is used in the Christian Old Testament, belonging to the sister of Moses and Aaron. Two queens of England have had this name, as well as a Queen of Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots.
Variants: Maria-Italian, Portuguese, German, Scandinavian, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Czech, Romanian, English, Finnish, Icelandic / Maryam-Arabic / Marya-Russian / María-Spanish / Mária-Hungarian / Mari-Welsh, Finnish, Hungarian / Nicknames: Molly, Polly, Mae, Mamie, Mitzi
MATILDA   f   English
Pronounced: ma-TIL-da
        Means "strength in battle" from Germanic maht "might, strength" and hild "battle". This was the name of the wife of William the Conqueror.
Variants: Matylda-Czech, Polish / Matild-Hungarian / Matilde-Spanish, Portuguese / Mathilde-French / Mathilda-English / Nicknames: Maud, Maude, Mattie, Tilly
MATTHEW   m   English, Biblical
Pronounced: MATH-yoo or MATH-you
        A "gift of YAHWEH" from the Hebrew name Mattityahu. Saint Matthew, also called Levi, was one of the twelve apostles (a tax collector). He is credited as the author of the first Gospel in the New Testament (Christian).
Variants: MATTS - m   Swedish, Norwegian / MATTIA (f), MATTEO - Italian / MATTHIAS - Greek,English,German,Biblical / MATTI - Finnish / MATTIEU - French / MATVEI - Russian / Mátyás - Hungarian / Nicknames: Mat, Matt, Mattie(f), Matty
MAURICE   m   English, French
Pronounced: mor-EES
        From the Roman name Mauricius, which derives from MAURUS. Saint Maurice was a Christian Roman soldier from Egypt. He and the other Christians in his legion were supposedly massacred by Emperor Maximian for refusing to worship Roman gods. Thus, he is the patron saint of infantry soldiers.
Variants: Mauri- Finnish / Mauricio-Spanish, Portugese / Maurizio-Italian / Nicknames: Morey, Morrie, Maurie
MELANIE   m   English, Dutch
Pronounced: MEL-a-née
        From the word meaning, "black or dark" from Greek Melaina. This was the name of a Roman saint who gave all her wealth to charity in the 5th century.
Variants: Mellany or Mellony f - modern English / Melinea f - Italian, Spanish / Melania f - aincent Greek / Nicknames: Mel, Melly(ie), Lanny
MICHAEL   m   English, German, Czech, Biblical
Pronounced: MIE-kul, MY-kul
        From the Hebrew name Mikha'el meaning "Who is like God?". This was the name of one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers. This was also the name of nine Byzantine emperors and a czar of Russia.
Variants: Michal-Czech, Polish / Mícheál-Irish / Micheal-English / Micheil-Scottish / Michel-French / Mikkel-Danish / Michela- f -Italian / Miguela- f -Spanish, Portuguese / Nicknames: Mike, Mickey(ie), Mick, Micah

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