MAUREEN: Irish Gaelic for "little Mary," Old French (Maurin) meaning "dark-haired," and a feminine version of Maurice. Evokes Irish beauty and Celtic strength. Relatives: Maura, Mora, Moira, Moreen, Moria, Maurin, Maurine, Morena, Maurizia, Mo. Namesakes: Maureen O'Hara, Maureen O'Sullivan, Maureen Stapleton, Maureen McGovern.
MAURICE: French-Latin for "moorish" or "dark" and Old English for "moor land." This name can be pronounced with the accent on the second syllable, as the French do ("Mowr-ees"), or on the first, as in Morris the cat. Relatives: Morris, Morse, Maury, Morry, Morey, Morrie, Moritz, Moriz, Morets, Meuriz, Moss, Morrell, Mauricio, Maurizio, Murray, Maryse, Morrison. Namesakes: Maurice Chevalier, Maurice Ravel, Maurice Lucas, Moss Hart.
MAVIS: A type of small bird related to the thrush and a variation of Mab. Many names are borrowed from nature, and birds, have been popular in almost every culture. Mavis was expecially popular in England at the turn of the century. Relatives: Maves, Maeves, Maeve, Mauve, Meave.
MAXIMILIAN: From the Latin for, "greatest one." This name is credited to and first used by Frederick III of Germany in 1459. He wanted a special name for his son and heir, and reviewed the names of his heroes -- Roman emperors. Just-plain "Max" echoed across the playgrounds of America as it climbed the popularity charts in the eighties. Relatives: Maximilien, Maximiliano, Maximus, Maxim, Maximo, Maxwell, Maxfield, Maximino, Max, Maxey, Maxie, Mac, Maxa, Mack, Maks, Maksim. Namesakes: Maximilian Schell, Maksim Gorky, Sir Max Beerbohm, Max Factor, Maxfield Parish.