Baby Names: Names Starting with M

 

MARIABELLA: A blending of Maria and "bella" (my beautiful Mary). Relatives: Mariabelle, Maribel, Maribelle.

MARIAM: a Greek form of Mary or Miriam. Relative: Mariamne. Namesake: Mariamne, wife of Herod and subject of a play by Voltaire entitled Mariamne.

MARIAN: A blending of Mary and Ann and Old French for "little Mary." Relatives: Marion, Mariana, Mariann, Marianne, Mary-Ann, Marianna. Namesakes: Marian Anderson, Marianne Moore, "Maid Marian"

MARIDEL: A version of Mary. Relative: Meridel.

MARIEL: A French version of Marie or Mary. The simple addition of the "I" gives the name a musical quality. Relatives: Marielle, Mariella, Marietta, Mariette, Marette, Maretta. Namesakes: Mariel Hemingway, Marietta College (Ohio).

MARIGOLD: A flower name. Less familiar now than Rose or Lily, perhaps, but once a popular flower name. Relatives: Mari, Golda, Goldie.

MARILEE: A blending of Mary and Lee. The Mari- prefix blends well with many other names; a good combination is Marilise. Experiment. Relatives: Marlee, Mery-Lee. Namesake: Marlee Matson.

MARILYN: A blending of Mary and Lynn. A relatively modern "invention," becoming common only in this century. Relatives: Mary-Lynn, Maralin, Marilin, Marylin, Marlyn, Marlin, Marly, Mari, Lynn. Namesakes: Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Quayle, Marilyn Horne.

MARIO: A variation of Mark or Marion. Relative: Marius. Namesakes: Mario Puzo, Mario Cuomo, Mario van Peebles.

MARION: Related to Mary. This name is used for both sexes and as a surname. As a girl's name, it peaked in the twenties when it made the top-twenty list. Relative: Mariano. Namesakes: General Francis Marion, Marion Michael Morrison (John Wayne).

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