MOSES: From the Hebrew for "saved," Egyptian for "child," and Greek for "taken from water." All the derivations for Moses have to do with the story of the baby found nestled in the rushes who became a prophet and let the Israelites out of Egypt. Relatives: Mose, Moe, Mosya, Moey, Moss, Moshe, Moishe, Mosheh, Moyes, Moyse. Namesakes: Moses Malone, Edwin Moses, Moses Gunn.
MUHAMMAD: Arabic for "praised one." This is the name most often used by Moslems, making it one of the most popular in the world. Relatives: Muhammed, Mohamad, Mohammed, Mohammad, Mohamet, Mahmoud, Mehemet, Mehmet, Ahmad, Ahmet, Amad, Amed, Hamid, Hamad, Hammed. Namesakes: the prophet Muhammad (founder of the Moslem religion), Muhammad Ali, Elijah Muhammad.
MULL: Middle English for "grinder." Mull this one over. Relative: Muller. Namesake: Martin Mull.
MURDOCK: Scotch Gaelic for "victorious at sea." Relatives: Murdoch, Murtagh. Namesakes: Rupert Murdoch, Iris Murdoch.
MURIEL: From the Greek "myrrh" and Irish for "sea-bright." Relatives: Murial, Meriel, Muireall. Namesakes: Muriel Spark, Muriel Rukeyser, Muriel cigars.
MURPHY: Irish Gaelic for "sea warrior." The most common Irish surname in the United States and once commonly used as a slang term for the potato. Relatives: Murphee, Murphree. Namesakes: Audie Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Dale Murphy, "Murphy Brown," Murphy's Law.
MURRAY: Celtic for "sailor." This name made the rounds in ancient Britian. Relatives: Murry, Moray. Namesakes: Murray Kempton, Arthur Murray, Ann Murray, Jim Murray.