There is no greater feat than trying to find the perfect name for the little bundle of blue or pink on the way. It is one of the most important things two parents can do and it is a decision that will impact the rest of their child’s life.
We don’t often think of how important a name is. It can help pave the way for a child and there is a lot of thought that needs to go into it. Do parents want a short or a long name? Will the name suit a little baby, child and then grown adult? Also, is there any way that other children will tease the child due to their name? These are all things to consider.
Finding a name can be quite a tall task as well. There are so many to go with. Most parents flock to the internet and to articles like this in hopes of some inspiration, but there are a lot of those as well. The best thing to do is narrow down the search.
Parents can think of a letter that they wish their child’s name to start with. If they do that than it automatically narrows everything down. This is one of those articles, and we are going to be exploring names that start with the letter "M". There is a great selection here and they vary from the common to the unique. There is guaranteed to be something here for every parent.
Molly is a name that is short, sweet and just a little bit sassy so it is easy to see why parents love it so much. The name is considered a diminutive of the name Mary. It is of Hebrew origin and it means “bitter.”
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #166 in popularity which means that it is still considered common. The name is also rising meaning more and more little girls are being given this sweet name.
The name Malik is a perfect name for those parents who are looking for a name for their little boy that sounds a bit exotic. The name is of Arabic and Greenlandic origin and it means “king; wave.”
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #378 so it is more popular than a lot of people probably realize. The name also rose 18% this week alone so it is slowly making its way to a top spot. Right now, it is a perfect name that will make everyone want to know where you came up with the name.
The name Mallory sounds quite musical and it will just roll off the tongues of any parents who pick this wonderfully sweet name for their little girl. Not all names have great meanings, but don’t let that deter you from choosing it. The name Mallory is French in origin and it means “unfortunate.”
The name was ranked at #551 in 2017, so the meaning may be turning off some parents. The name did rise 27% this week alone, so there are those out there who are choosing to overlook the meaning.
The great thing about names today is there is no rules. More and more names are being considered unisex and Micah is one of those names. The name Micah is of Hebrew origin and it means “who is like the Lord.”
According to Nameberry.com, the name was ranked in at #107 in 2017 when it comes to popularity when used as a little boy’s name. The name also rose 4% this week alone so it is moving closer and closer to a top 100 spot.
Miranda is a name that no one really thinks about, but when they do they realize just how sweet and charming it is. The name is Latin in origin and it means “marvelous.” How could you not love the name when it has such a wonderful meaning.
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #344 and it rose 13% this week. It is low enough on the ranks where no one will have to worry about sharing it with a classmate.
The whole world is currently watching the hit show This Is Us, and they are in love with the main character Jack. The character Jack is played by an actor named Milo, so it is easy to see why everyone loves this name so much.
The name Milo is of Latin and Old German origin and it means “soldier or merciful.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #224 so it falls somewhere in the middle of being unique and common.
When you hear the name Mariah you probably immediately think of Mariah Carey, the diva who was a big hit in the 90’s. The name is the Latin variation of the name Mary and it is also related to the Hebrew Moriah. The name means “the Lord is my teacher.”
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #193 on the popularity charts and that has been where it has been staying. It has not experienced a dramatic rise or fall lately.
If Malik didn’t quite cut it for you in terms of exotic-sounding names, then the name Mateo may be the one for you. The name is considered the Spanish variation of the name Matthew and it means “gift of God.”
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #42 in popularity. The only downfall with this name is that a lot of other parents have caught on to how great this name truly is. It is experiencing a little bit of a drop right now, but it is no where near off the charts.
The Mikayla was once a very popular name, and you didn’t have to look far to find a girl with this name. The name is listed as a spelling variation of the name Michaela, which would mean it came from the male name Michael. It means “who is like God.”
In 2017, the name was ranked at #392 in popularity, and it experienced a drop of 26% this week alone so it is not anywhere near a top spot any time soon. Perfect for parents looking for that one-of-a-kind name.
If anyone is a fan of the show How I Met Your Mother, then they probably have a large soft spot in their heart for this name. The character Marshall was played by Jason Segel and was a sweet, cuddly teddy bear.
The name Marshall is of French origin and it means “one who looks after horses.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #356 in popularity, so it is a name that is well-loved by a lot of people. The name has also rose 13% this week alone, so it is on its way.
Well, we have reached the last M name on our list and we have found many names that are wonderful, sweet and super adorable. Miriam is the last name on our list. The name Miriam is of Hebrew origin and it means “wished-for child.”
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #285 in popularity, so there are still a lot of parents who are choosing this name for their little one. The name is also rising more and more every week.
Murphy is an older name that may be considered old-fashioned, but those names are coming back in style. Murphy is also another name that is considered unisex but is mostly only heard when referring to little boys.
The name is of Irish origin and it means “sea warrior.” Another perfect name for a family who is always near water. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, meaning it did not land in the top 1000. It has risen 18% this week alone so it may be on its way back in.
Names that start with ‘Mac’ are incredibly popular today, so it is no surprise that parents love the name Mackenzie. The name is of Scottish origin and it means “son of Kenneth.”
In 2017, the name was ranked in at 99 in popularity, so it has only just broken into the top 100. The name did rise 11% this week alone so it is slowly climbing the ranks and it won’t be long until we see this name have its moment in the top 10.
The name Morgan started out as an adorable name for a little girl, but it is now being used a lot for little boys. This may be due to a well-loved male character on the hit show The Walking Dead who shares the same name.
The origin of this name is Welsh, and it means “sea-born, sea-song or sea-circle.” Perfect for families who love being near the water. When the name is used for a little boy the name was ranked in at #685 in 2017 making it one of the less common names on our list.
Megan is another name that is short, sweet and simple. Parents have loved this M name for years now, though it is experiencing a bit of a drop right now. The name is currently sitting at #499 when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 21% this week alone.
The name is the Welsh diminutive of the name Margaret, and it means “pearl.” Margaret is a bonus name for this list that all parents also love. You can’t go wrong with picking either of these names for your little princess.
If mom and dad are looking for a strong biblical name that starts with M, then Moses may be the perfect name for them. The name is of Egyptian origin and it means “delivered from the water.” Which, if you know your bible studies than this meaning is very fitting.
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #475 so while it is not the most popular name, it is more commonly used than a lot of people think it would be. The name also rose 14% this week alone, slowly inching its way towards the top.
We are done with the names for little boys and have moved on to the names for all the little girls in our lives. The name Madison is a sweet and graceful name for a little girl, and it is no surprise that it is so well liked. In the year 2017, the name was ranked in at #17 and it is rising more every day. It won’t be long until this name is in the top ten.
The name is of English origin and it means “son of Maud.”
Max is an adorable name that is usually short form for names like Maxwell and Maximillian. Parents are choosing to have this name stand on its own now, as it is strong enough. The name Max is of English and German origin and it means “greatest.” A wonderful meaning.
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #128 when it comes to popularity, but it is slowly rising the charts. It won’t be long before this name is taking over the world making everyone smile.
Michelle is a name that parents loved in the 80’s and 90’s and anyone who grew up in those decades knew at least one girl with that name. The name is the French variation of the name Michael and it means “who is like God.”
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #214 so it is not as popular as it once was. The name rose 5% this week, so it may be slowly making its way back up to a top spot.
Mitchell is another name that everyone loves but that they don’t hear too often. Great for those parents who are looking for a unique name that is not too ‘unique.’ The name is considered an English variation of the name Michael, so it means “who is like God.”
In 2017, the names popularity was sitting at #651 and it is experiencing a drop right now. The name has dropped 26% this week alone. It is a name that you won’t hear too often on the playground.
Names that are short and sweet are all the rage and Mia may be the most popular one of them all. The name is ranked in at #6 in 2017 for popularity and it rose another 18% this week alone. When the 2018 report come out, this name may be in the top spot.
The name is the Scandinavian short form for the name Maria. It is also Italian in origin and it means “mine; bitter.” Parents may choose to just say the name means mine with this one.
Maurice is another older name that is starting to make a comeback and moms and dads are loving it. The name has two different ways it can be pronounced dependant on where in the world it is being used. In the UK, the name is pronounces Morris, and in the USA and France it is pronounced Maw-reece.
The name is of Latin origin and it means “dark-skinned.” In the year 2017, the name ranked in at #652 when it comes to popularity, but it rose 61% this week alone.
Meredith is a name that reminds us of an older time, and that is not a bad thing. Names will always go in and out of style and Meredith may be back on its way in. he name is pronounced two different ways. In Wales, the name is pronounced Muh-RED-ith and in the USA and England it is pronounced MED-red-ith.
The name is of Welsh origin and it means “great ruler.” In 2017, the name was ranked #496 in popularity and it is experiencing a climb in the charts right now.
Michael has always been a popular name that is loved by many parents. It has constantly been near the top of the charts. Surprisingly, it is also listed as a unisex name though it is mostly only heard as a name for a little boy.
The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “who is like God?” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #12 in popularity and it rose another 8% this week alone. It is clearly a name that is never going out of style any time soon.
The name Mason is a name that initially started out as a last name, but it is being used more and more as an adorable first name for a little boy. The name is listed as an English occupational name and it means “worker in stone.”
The name was ranked in at #7 in 2017 when it comes to popularity, so it is quite clear that a lot of parents love this name for their little boys. The only downfall may be that there may be a couple of little boys sharing this name through school.