Baby Names: Names Starting with Me-My

Baby Names Starting with Me-My

MEAD: Old English for "meadow." Aside from translating literally as a level grassland, mead is a fermented drink made from honey, malt, yeast, and water. Relatives: Meade, Meed, Meid. Namesake: Margaret Mead.

MEARA: Irish Gaelic for "mirth." Relatifves: Mira, Meera. Namesake: Anne Meara.

MEDEA: In Greek "Medeon" means "ruling," and in Latin "Media" means "middle child." The mythical enchantress Medea, it should be remembered, helped Jason win the Golden Fleece. The ungrateful Jason, however, deserted her. Medea, in turn, killed her children and vanished. An ancient soap opera, and perhaps a difficult name for a modern child. Relatives: Medora, Media, Madora.

MEGAN: An Irish Gaelic and Welsh version of Margaret and Greek for "mighty." Megan has become a contemporary American favorite, although it has been on the top of the list in Ireland for centuries. Relatives: Meghan, Meagan, Megann, Meggy, Meggie, Meg.

MEHETABEL: Hebrew for "favored by God" or "God is doing good." Relatives: Mehitabel, Mehitabelle, Metabel, Hetty, Hitty.

MELANCTHA: Greek for "black flower" and the family name of Protestant leader Philipp Melanchthon. Relatives: Melanchthon, Melancton, Melantha. Namesake: Melancton Smith.

MELANIE: Greek for "dressed in black" or "dark." The enduring popularity of this name is probably due to its lyrical sound. Relatives: Melany, Melane, Melani, Melania, Melloney, Melonie, Melony, Milena, Melanya, Mellie, Melly, Mel, Mela. Namesakes: Saint Melanie, Melanie Griffith, "Melanie Wilkes."

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