Patronymic derived from Middle English maister
, via Old French from Latin magister
Mata Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan
From Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan mata
meaning "trees, shrubs"
, possibly from Late Latin matta
meaning "reed mat".
Occupational name for a person who made water bottles or flasks, from Turkish matara "flask"
Occupational name meaning "mower, cutter of hay"
in Old English.
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"
From a nickname meaning "mouse"
, from Old High German mus
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
Indicated a person from either Mazovia (Polish Mazowsze
) or Masuria (Polish Mazury
), regions in Poland.
From a nickname (perhaps occupational) meaning "maul, mallet"
McCauley Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Amhalghaidh
meaning "son of Amhalghadh"
. The given name Amhalghadh
is of uncertain meaning.
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
McFly Popular Culture
Invented name, using the prefix Mc-
, from Irish mac
"son", and the English word fly
. This name was created for the time-travelling hero Marty McFly of the Back to the Future
movie series, beginning 1985.
McGill Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Ghoill
meaning "son of the foreigner"
, derived from gall
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Shamhradháin
meaning "son of Samhradháin"
, a given name meaning "summer".
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Uidhir
meaning "son of Odhar"
, a given name meaning "pale-coloured".
From Scottish Gaelic Mac an tSaoir
meaning "son of the carpenter"
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Fhionnlaigh
meaning "son of Fionnlagh"
. This name was borne by the American president William McKinley (1843-1901), who was assassinated.
From Gaelic Mac Leòid
meaning "son of Leod"
, a given name derived from Old Norse ljótr
From Irish Mac Conmara
meaning "son of Conmara"
. The given name Conmara
is composed of cú
"hound" and muir
From the Gaelic Mag Raith
meaning "son of Rath"
, a given name meaning "prosperity" or "grace".
Referred to one who lived in a meadow, from Old English mædwe
From various Portuguese place names that were derived from Portuguese medeiro
, ultimately from Latin meta
meaning "cone, pyramid".
Derived from a Hungarian village named Meggyesfalva
meaning "cherry village", from meggy
"cherry" and falu
Originally denoted a person from the German town of Meissen, which is probably of Slavic origin.
From the name of a German town, possibly meaning "mill stream".
From the place name Malleville
meaning "bad town" in Norman French.
Possibly an occupational name derived from Polish maczarz
Mendel 2 German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Meino
. A famous bearer was Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), a Czech monk and scientist who did experiments in genetics.
Occupational name for a trader in textiles, from Old French mercier
, derived from Latin merx
From a diminutive of the given name Markus
. A notable bearer is the German chancellor Angela Merkel (1954-).
Merlo Italian, Spanish
, ultimately from Latin merula
. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
Merrill 2 English
From the name of various places in England, derived from Old English myrige
"pleasant" and hyll
Occupational name for a person who made knives, from Middle High German messer "knife"
From the name of the Sicilian city of Messina, founded by Greek colonists. The city was named after the Greek city Μεσσήνη (Messene)
Occupational name for a sexton or churchwarden, from Old High German mesinari
Derived from Greek μέταξα (metaxa)
, most likely referring to a silk merchant or another occupation dealing with silk.
Possibly refers to a place or institute of learning or where knowledge is provided.
Metz 1 German
Occupational name for maker of knives, from Middle High German metze "knife"
Meyer 1 German
From Middle High German meier
meaning "bailiff, administrator"
, derived from Latin maior
meaning "greater". Later it also denoted a tenant farmer. The spellings Meier
are more common in northern Germany while Maier
are more common in southern Germany.
Habitational name for a person from a village named Michale
, both derived from the given name Michał
From the English village of Midgley in West Yorkshire, meaning "midge (insect) wood" in Old English.
Derived from various place names meaning "mill stream" in Old English.
Originally derived from various place names all meaning "ford by a mill" in Old English.
Occupational surname referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill, from Middle English mille "mill"
Name for someone whose house was in a mill or who worked in a mill.
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Maolagáin
meaning "descendant of Maolagán"
, a given name derived from maol
meaning "bald" or "tonsured".
Originally given to one who lived near a mill or who worked in a mill, from Middle English mille
From Scots and Middle English milne
(a variant of mille
) meaning "mill"
Derived from an English place name meaning "mill town" in Old English. A famous bearer was John Milton (1608-1674), the poet who wrote "Paradise Lost".
Mitchell 2 English
Originally a nickname for a large person, from Old English micel "big"
Nickname for a man of moderate means, from Yiddish, ultimately from Old High German mittil "means, resources"
From Japanese 宮 (miya)
meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 本 (moto)
meaning "base, root, origin". A notable bearer is video game pioneer Shigeru Miyamoto (1952-).
From Japanese 宮 (miya)
meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 田 (ta)
meaning "field, rice paddy".
Mlakar Slovene, Croatian
Referred to someone who lived near a pool, derived from South Slavic mlaka
meaning "pool, puddle"
From the town of Modugno, in Apulia in southern Italy. It is the surname of the Italian actor and singer Domenico Modugno (1928-1994).
From a the town of Moffat in Scotland meaning "long field" in Gaelic.
From Irish Ó Maol Dhomhnaigh
meaning "descendant of a church servant"
From Irish Ó Manacháin
meaning "descendant of Manacháin"
. The given name Manacháin
meant "little monk", from manach
"monk" and a diminutive suffix.
From Italian mondatore
. This was an occupational name for someone who kept fields clear of weeds.
Monday 2 English
Denoted a person for whom this was a significant day, often the day they would pay their feudal fees.
Derived from either of the given names Hamon
. A famous bearer was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Nickname or occupational name for a person who worked for monks. This word is derived from Latin monachus
, from Greek μοναχός (monachos)
Designated a person who had originally lived near the mouth of the Roe River in Derry, Ireland.
in Italian, indicating a person who lived on or near one.
From a Norman place name meaning "sharp mountain" in Old French.
Montgomery English, Scottish
From a place name in Calvados, France meaning "Gumarich
's mountain". A notable bearer was Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), a British army commander during World War II.