Derived from the Gaelic given name Mac Beatha
meaning "son of life", which denoted a man of religious devotion. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king, and the name of a play based on his life by William Shakespeare.
Means "son of Cúcharraige" in Irish. The given name Cúcharraige
is composed of cú
"hound" and carraig
Means "son of Cochlán". The given name Cochlán
is derived from Irish cochal
"cape" or "hood".
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Domhnaill
meaning "son of DONALD
". It originates from the Highland clan Donald.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Griogair
meaning "son of GREGOR
". It originates from the Highland clan Gregor. A famous bearer was the Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734).
MACHADO Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from Spanish and Portuguese machado
"hatchet" and denoted a person who made or used hatchets.
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Coinnich
meaning "son of COINNEACH
". It originates from the Kintail area of Scotland on the northwest coast.
MAC NIADH Irish
Means "son of Niadh" in Irish. The given name Niadh
Means "son of MAUD
". A famous bearer of this surname was the fourth American president James Madison (1751-1836).
Denoted a person hailing from one of the numerous minor places of this name in Portugal. The first element in the place name may have been derived from the Celtic word magal
From a nickname meaning "thin, lean", ultimately from Latin macer
Derived from Polish maj
meaning "May". It may have been given in reference to the month the first bearer was baptized.
From Old French maloret
meaning "unfortunate, unlucky", a term introduced to England by the Normans.
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Maoil Eoin
which means "descendant of a disciple of Saint JOHN
Originally indicated a person from Manfredonia, Italy. The city was named for the 13th-century king Manfred
MANN German, English
From a nickname meaning "man". This may have originally been given in order to distinguish the bearer from a younger person with the same name.
Locative name coming from the name of a place near Lugo in northern Spain. A notable bearer is former Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona (1960-).
MARCHAND English, French
Occupational surname meaning "merchant", ultimately from Latin mercari
From the name of the Marche region in Italy. It was the real surname of the American boxer Rocky Marciano (1923-1969), who was born Rocco Marchegiano.
From Swedish mård
meaning "pine marten". It was often a soldier's nickname, which became a surname in later generations.
From the Irish Ó Marcaigh
meaning "descendant of Marcach", a given name meaning "horse rider".
Originally denoted a person who hailed from one of the various places in Britain called Marley
, ultimately meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. One of the main characters in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' (1843) bears this last name.
Originally a name for a person from Marlow (Buckinghamshire), England. The place name means "remnants of a lake" from Old English mere
"lake" and lafe
From Old German marka
"border, boundary" and ward
"protector". This was an occupational name for a border guard.
From a place name derived from Old English mearc
"boundary" and denu
Derived from Middle English mareschal
"a marshal", ultimately derived from Germanic marah
"horse" and scalc
"servant". It originally referred to someone who took care of horses.
From a place name derived from Old English mersc
"marsh" and tun
MARTEL (2) French, English
Nickname for a smith, derived from old French martel
"hammer", ultimately from Latin martellus
Referred to one who churned or sold butter or buttermilk, derived from Czech máslo
Derived from Polish masło
"butter". The name probably referred to a person who made or sold butter or buttermilk.
Occupational name for a stoneworker or layer of bricks, from Old French masson
, ultimately of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian
Derived from Massy
, the name of several towns in France. The name of the town is perhaps derived from a personal name that was Latinized as Maccius
Patronymic derived from Middle English maister
meaning "master", via Old French from Latin magister
From the name of a profession: a person who made water bottles or flasks.
MATOS Portuguese, Jewish
Variant of MATA
. Matos is also a name adopted by Jews of Portuguese and Spanish background. In 1589, Francisco Rodrigues de Matos was accused of being a Rabbi and convicted by the Inquisition, but it is doubtful that he was, in fact, a Rabbi.
From one of the many places with this name in Japan, derived from Japanese 松 (matsu)
meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 本 (moto)
meaning "base, root, origin".
Occupational name meaning "wall builder" in German.
From a nickname meaning "mouse" from the word mûs
(Middle High German, Old High German).
From a place name meaning "Mack's stream", from the name Mack
, a short form of the Scandinavian name MAGNUS
, combined with Old English wella
"stream". A famous bearer was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.
MAYER (3) English
Occupational name for a mayor, from Middle English mair
, derived via Old French from Latin maior
From nicknames meaning "maul" or "mallet" in Italian.
MCCRAE Irish, Scottish
From the Gaelic Mag Raith
meaning "son of Rath", a given name meaning "prosperity" or "grace".
Means "son of DIARMAID
". The McDermotts were nobility in the Kingdom of Connaught, a province in Ireland.
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Uileagóid
meaning "son of Uileagóid", a diminutive of UILLEAG