Baby Names: Names Starting with M


MADDOCK: Old Welsh for "champion" or "good fortune." Maddock is the sort of name you'd expect to find stenciled on a glass door in a slightly rundown office building. Maddock Jones, private eye. Relatives: Madock, Madoc, Madog, Maddox, Madox, Maidoc, Maddy. Namesake: Ford Madox Ford.

MADEIRA: From the sweet wine of the Madeira Islands. Why not? after all, Brandy, Margaux, and Ginny are used.

MADELINE: From the Hebrew for "tower of strength." A name popular in many cultures and in a wide variety of forms. And it was a little pastry called a "madeleine" that sent writer Marcel Proust into raptures. Relatives: Magdalene, Magdalen, Magdalena, Madeleine, Madalynn, Madelynne, Madelaine, Madalena, Madelon, Madelyn, Madlin, Madigan, Marleen, Marlene, Marlena, Marline, Maighdlin, Maudlin (check the dictionary before using this one), Malina, Madga, Mady, Maddy, Maddie, Matty, Mala, Mae, May, Lena, Lene. Namesakes: Madeline Kahn, Marlene Dietrick, the Madeline books by Bemelmans, Elvira Madigan.

MADISON: From the German for "son of a mighty warrior" or "related to Maude." This has a future-presidential ring to it. Relatives: Maddison, Maddy. Namesakes: James Madison, Dolly Madison, "Oscar Madison," Madison (Wis.).

MADRA: Spanish for :mother." If the baby looks like her mother -- why not? Madre mia! Relatives: Madre, Madrona.

MAGDALENE: From the Hebrew for "woman of Magdala," an area of Palestine associated with Mary Magdalene. Relatives: Madeline, Magdaline, Magdalena, Magda, Lena. Namesakes: Saint Mary Magdalene, Magda Gabor.

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