MAKEPEACE: A "virtue" name. A favorite of the original Puritan settlers, perhaps inspired by the realization that if they didn't they wouldn't get much help from the locals. Namesake: William Makepeace Thackeray.
MALA: From the Old French for "bad one" and Old English for "meeting hall." Ignore the French root. This a lovely name. Namesake: Mala Powers.
Malachi: From the Hebrew for "messenger of God." Malachi was the last of the twelve minor prophets. He foretold Christ's coming. Relatives: Malachy, Malachai. Namesakes: Saint Malachy, Malachi Martin, name of the last book of the Old Testament.
MALCA: Hebrew for "queen." Relative: Malka.
MALCOLM: Scottish Gaelic for "disciple of Saint Columba." An extremely popular name in Scotland and Australia. Relatives: Mal, Colm. Namesakes: Malcolm Cowley, Malcolm X, Malcolm Muggeridge, Malcolm McDowell, Malcolm Forbes, son of "King Duncan" in Shakespeare's Macbeth, Colm Meaney.
MALLORY: From the Old German for "army counselor" and German for "without good fortune." This name is equally favored for girls and boys. Relatives: Mallorie, Mallorey, Malori, Malory, Mal, Mally, Malin. Namesakes: Sir Thomas Malory, :Mallory Keaton, Mallomars.
MALVINA: A Gaelic version of Malvin or Melvin. Malvina probably preceded Melvin. The name was apparently invented and popularized by writer James Macpherson, based on a translation of the Irish "maol-hin" meaning "smooth snow." Relatives: Malva, Malvie, Melvina, Melvine, Mevin, Mally, Melly, Mal, Mel. Namesake: Malvinas (Falkland Islands).