MASLIN: Old French for "little twin." A name to keep in mind if multiple births run in your family. Relative: Maslen. Namesake: Janet Maslin.
MASON: From the French, occupational name for a stone worker. A old, preppie name. Relatives: Masen, Mase. Namesakes: Mason Williams, James Mason, Jackie Mason, Mason jar.
MATHER: Old English for "powerful army." Namesake: Cotton Mather.
MATHILDA: From the Old German for "battle maiden" or "strength." The popular Aussie song can be her personal lullaby. Relatives: Matilda, Matelda, Maitilde, Mathylda, Mathilde, Matty, Mattye, Mattie, Maddy, Maddie, Mala, Tila, Tilly, Tillie, Tilda, Maude, Maud. Namesakes: Queen Matilda, Matilda Cuomo, Tillie Olsen, "Waltzing Matilda."
MATTEA: A feminine version of Matthew (Hebrew for "gift of God"). With the emphasis on the second syllable, Mattea has a romantic quality to it. The name suggest a heroine created by Byron. Relatives: Matthea, Mathia, Mthea, Mathia.
MATTHEW: From the Heberw for "gift of God." To ad a distinctive twist to this ever-popular name, consider the handsome variations. Relatives: Mathew, Mathias, Mtthias, Mattieu, Matheu, Matyus, Matthuas, Mathern, Mayhew, Mattheson, Matthieson, Matthews, Mattheus, Mathe, Mateo, Matteo, Mattison, Massey, Matt, Matty, Mats. Namesakes: Saint Matthew, Matthew Arnold, Matthew Broderick, Walter Matthau, Mats Wilander.
MAUD: From the Old German for "strength in battle" and a variation of Mathilda. Shake that image of Bea Arthur's character in the TV show "Maude." This is a special name. Relatives: Maude, Maudie. Namesakes: Maud Adams, Maud (by Alfred Lord Tennyson), Maude Gonne.