Baby Names: Names Starting with M

Baby Names Starting with M-Ma

MAB: Irish Gelic for "joy." Queen Mab was the queen of the fairies, according to ancient Irish legends. Pretty thought, but remember it rhymes with "blab," "gab," and "flab" -- all unfortunate possibilities for nicknames. Relatives: Mave, Mavis, Mabley. Namesake: Moms Mabley.

MABEL: From the Latin for "lovable" and French ("ma belle") for "my beautiful one." For a generation of baby boomers, Mabel will always be associated with a "yo" whistle and Black Label beer. But take heart, fans, Tracey Ullman named her baby girl Mabel. Relatives: Maybelle, Mabel, Maibelle, Mabella, Maybelline, Mabry, Amabel. Namesakes: Mabel Mercer, Maybelle Carter, Maybelline cosmetics.

MAC: Scottish, Irish, and English prefix meaning "son of." Here you have a phone book of Scottish, Irish, and English family names to peruse. Some popular examples are Macadam, MacArthur, MacDonald, MacDougal, MacIntyre, MacKenzie, MacKinley, MacLean. Relatives: Mc, Mack, Mackey. Namesakes: Mac Davis, Mack Sennett, Mackenzie Phillips, MacLean Stevenson, "Mack the Knife," "Old MacDonald," Mount McKinley.

MACON: From the Middle English "to make." Macon is a county name in nine states and is traditionally associated with the South as a surname. Relatives: Makon, Macomb. Namesakes: Uncle Dave Macon, Randolph Macon College.

MACY: From the Old French for "from Matthew's land" and Old English for "club." Relatives: Macey, Mace, Maceo. Namesakes: Bill Macy, Macy's department store.

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