MINTA: Greek for "mint." One of several herbal names. Take a minute to review a Spice Islands display. Don't many of these labels sound like proper names? Relatives: Mintha, Araminta.
MIRA: From the Latin for "wonder" and Spanish for "aim." An ideal name for a future sharpshooter. Relatives: Myra, Mirilla, Mirella, Mirelle, Mirielle, Myrilla.
MIRABELLE: Latin for "wonderful" and Spanish for "beautiful to look upon." Relatives: Mirabel, Mrabella, Mirable, Marabel
MIRANDA: Latin for "extraordinary" or "to be admired." Miranda offers a twist on the more popular Amanda, and the nickname Mandy may still be invoked. In England Randy is the preferred nickname. Relatives: Myranda, Meranda, Mira, Randy, Mandy. Namesakes: Carmen Miranda, Francisco de Miranda.
MIRIAM: Hebrew for "bitter" -- the same root as Mary. It also has the sense of "rebellious." A popular name in Jewish cultures. Relatives: Miryam, Myriam, Mimi, Minnie, Mitzi, Miri, Mims, Mimsie, Meryem, Mirjam. Namesakes: The sister of Moses, Miriam Makeba, Mitzi Gaynor, Merriam-Webster, Mimi Hines.
MISSY: A form of "miss." Like Sissy for "sister," this has acquired independent identity as a proper name. Relatives: Missie, Missye, Sissy. Namesake: Sissy Spacek.
MISTY: Old English for "covered by mist." Misty plays well for us. Relative: Mistee. Namesake: Misty of Chincoteague.
MODESTY: Latin for "modest one" and a feminine form of Modestus. Sonny and Cher named their daughter Chastity, after all. Relatives: Modesta, Modestia, Modestine, Modeste, Desty. Namesakes: Saint Modestus, "Modesty Blaise."