MILDRED: Anglo-Saxon blending of "mild" and "thryth" (meaning "power"). This old-fahioned monicker was in the top ten in 1900. Relatives: Mildrid, Mildraed, Mildryd, Milly, Milli, Milley, Millie. Namesakes: Saint Mildred, Mildred Pierce.
MILES: From the Latin for "soldier," Old German for "merciful," and Greek for "millstone." Relatives: Myles, Milo, Milos, Milan. Namesakes: Myles Standish, Miles Davis, Venus de Milo, Milos Forman.
MILLARD: Occupational name for "caretaker of the mill." Namesake: Millard Fillmore.
MILLER: Occupational name for "one who mills." Relatives: Mills, Millson. Namesakes: Miller Barber, Arthur Miller, Glenn Miller, Ann Miller.
MILLICENT: Old German for "industrious" or "strength." Although this has never been wildly popular, it offers a delightful change from the standard Melissa. Relatives: Millisent, Melicent, Milly, Millie, Mili, Melly, Melisande, Melisenda. Namesakes: Millicent Martin, Millie Marmur.
MILTON: English place name for a mill town. Relatives: Milten, Milty, Milt, Melton. Namesakes: Milton Berle, Milton Eisenhower, Milton Caniff, Milton Keynes.
MINERVA: Greek for "power" and Latin for "thinker." The goddess Minerva was born in a full set of armor from the head of Jupiter. Your child's entry into the world will be equally astonishing. Relatives: Minette, Minnie, Minny.
MINNA: From the Old German for "love" and Scottish for "mother." Relatives: Mina, Minette, Minetta, Minny, Minnie (a Scotttish form of Mary), Minda, Myna, Mindy. Namesakes: Minnie Pearl, "Minnie Mouse," "Mork and Mindy."