M Names – Irish baby names starting with M

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Maebh

Meaning of the Irish name Maebh. Listen and learn how to pronounce Maebh so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: From an old Irish name Madb, “the cause of great joy” or “she who intoxicates.” The great warrior queen of Connacht and embodiment of sovereignity she stars in Ireland’s greatest epic “The Cattle Raid of Cooley” (read the legend). She left king Conchobhar Mac Nessa for Ailill because “you are a man without meaness, fear or jealousy, a match for my own greatness.” But the couple quarrelled over who had the most possessions. Maebh’s bull had defected to Ailill’s herd and so she bought Daire’s brown bull. When Daire went back on the deal she went to war with Cuchulainn (read the legend) and the province of Ulster to recover the bull.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Maebh

PRONUNCIATION: may + v”

ENGLISH: Maeve

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Maeve

Meaning of the name Maeve. Listen and learn how to pronounce Maeve so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: From an old Irish name Madb (or Medb), “the cause of great joy” or “she who intoxicates.” The great warrior queen of Connacht and embodiment of sovereignity she stars in Ireland’s greatest epic “The Cattle Raid of Cooley” (read the legend). She left king Conchobhar Mac Nessa for Ailill because “you are a man without meaness, fear or jealousy, a match for my own greatness.” But the couple quarrelled over who had the most possessions. Maebh’s bull had defected to Ailill’s herd and so she bought Daire’s brown bull. When Daire went back on the deal she went to war with Cuchulainn (read the legend) and the province of Ulster to recover the bull.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Maeve Maebh

PRONUNCIATION: may + v”

ENGLISH: Maeve

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Maire

Meaning of the Irish name Maire. Listen and learn how to pronounce Maire so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: The name that was used in Ireland for Our Lady was Muire and interestingly, her name was so honored that it was rarely used as a first name until the end of the fifteenth century. Then Maire became acceptable as a given name but the spelling Muire was reserved for the Blessed Mother.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Maire

PRONUNCIATION: my + ra”

ENGLISH: Mary

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Mairead

Meaning of the Irish name Mairead. Listen and learn how to pronounce Mairead so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: The Irish form of Margaret, it became popular around the fourteenth century.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Mairead Muiread

PRONUNCIATION: “mawr + aid” , “mur + aid”

ENGLISH: Margaret

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Maolisa

Meaning of the Irish name Maolisa. Listen and learn how to pronounce Maolisa so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: maol + Iosa “follower of Jesus.” A name first used by clerics as early as the tenth century. It is used for boys and girls.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Maolisa

PRONUNCIATION: mail + issa”

ENGLISH: Melissa

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Margaret

Meaning of the name Margaret. Listen and learn how to pronounce Margaret so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: The Irish form of Margaret, it became popular around the fourteenth century.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Margaret Mairead Muiread

PRONUNCIATION: “mawr + aid” , “mur + aid”

ENGLISH: Margaret

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Mary

Meaning of the name Mary. Listen and learn how to pronounce Mary so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: The name that was used in Ireland for Our Lady was Muire and interestingly, her name was so honored that it was rarely used as a first name until the end of the fifteenth century. Then Maire became acceptable as a given name but the spelling Muire was reserved for the Blessed Mother.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Mary Maire

PRONUNCIATION: my + ra”

ENGLISH: Mary

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Meara

Meaning of the Irish name Meara. Listen and learn how to pronounce Meara so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: The Irish word mara means “sea.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Meara

PRONUNCIATION: meer + a”

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Melissa

Meaning of the name Melissa. Listen and learn how to pronounce Melissa so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: maol + Iosa “follower of Jesus.” A name first used by clerics as early as the tenth century. It is used for boys and girls.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Melissa Maolisa

PRONUNCIATION: mail + issa”

ENGLISH: Melissa

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Meryl

Meaning of the name Meryl. Listen and learn how to pronounce Meryl so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: muirgheal “bright as the sea.” The Irish form of the name Muriel.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Meryl Muirgheal

PRONUNCIATION: mur + el”

ENGLISH: Meryl

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Miren

Meaning of the name Miren. Listen and learn how to pronounce Miren so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: Means “sea white, sea fair.” The very appropriate name of the 6th century mermaid caught by a fisherman in Lough Neagh. He brought her to St. Comghall who baptized her which transformed her into a woman.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Miren Muireann Muirenn

PRONUNCIATION: mur + in”

ENGLISH: Miren

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Moirin

Meaning of the name Moirin. Listen and learn how to pronounce Moirin so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: Means “sea white, sea fair.” The very appropriate name of the 6th century mermaid caught by a fisherman in Lough Neagh. He brought her to St. Comghall who baptized her which transformed her into a woman.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Moirin Muireann Muirenn

PRONUNCIATION: mur + in”

ENGLISH: Moirin

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Mona

Meaning of the Irish name Mona. Listen and learn how to pronounce Mona so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: Muadhnat “little noble one” is one possible source of the name. The Normans brought Monique, “giver of advice,” or it could refer to Madonna, “lady” as in the Mona Lisa.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Mona

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ENGLISH:

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Malachi

Meaning of the Irish name Malachi. Listen and learn how to pronounce Malachi so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish boy name.

MEANING: A name with two sources, St. Malachi (1095-1148 AD) was the Bishop of Armagh who adopted the name from the Hebrew prophet “”Malachi”” whose name means “”my angel”” or “”messenger of God.”” It is also linked to the High King Maoilseachlainn “”devotee of St. Sechnall”” one of Saint Patrick’s first companions.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Malachi

PRONUNCIATION: “”mala + ki””

ENGLISH: Malachy (pron. “”mala + kee””)

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Morna

Meaning of the name Morna. Listen and learn how to pronounce Morna so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: muirne means “high-spirited, festive.” Muirne loved Conall who was from an opposing tribe. Her father, a druid, opposed the match and had Conall killed but not before Muirne had conceived a son, who grew up to be the legendary warrior Fionn Mac Cool(read the legend) and who later avenged the death of his father.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Morna Muirne

PRONUNCIATION: mir + ne”

ENGLISH: Morna

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Malachy

Meaning of the name Malachy. Listen and learn how to pronounce Malachy so you can get the correct pronunciation for this boy name.

MEANING: A name with two sources, St. Malachi (1095-1148 AD) was the Bishop of Armagh who adopted the name from the Hebrew prophet “”Malachi”” whose name means “”my angel”” or “”messenger of God.”” It is also linked to the High King Maoilseachlainn “”devotee of St. Sechnall”” one of Saint Patrick’s first companions.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Malachy Malachi

PRONUNCIATION: “mala + ki”

ENGLISH: Malachy

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Muireann

Meaning of the Irish name Muireann. Listen and learn how to pronounce Muireann so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: Means “sea white, sea fair.” The very appropriate name of the 6th century mermaid caught by a fisherman in Lough Neagh. He brought her to St. Comghall who baptized her which transformed her into a woman.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Muireann Muirenn

PRONUNCIATION: mur + in”

ENGLISH: Miren, Moirin

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Murtagh

Meaning of the Irish name Murtagh. Listen and learn how to pronounce Murtagh so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish boy name.

MEANING: muir “”sea”” and ceardach “”skilled”” implying “”skilled in the ways of the sea.”” The name of three High Kings and one of the greatest Irish military commanders known as “”Murtagh of the Leather Cloak,”” he set out in mid-winter, wearing leather cloaks against the bitter cold, and turned back the maurauding Vikings. He beat the invaders in a sea battle on Strangford Lough in 926, took and burned Viking Dublin in 939, ravaged the Norse settlements in the Scottish Isles with an Ulster fleet in 801 and died in combat in 803, presumably wearing all his cloaks.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Murtagh

PRONUNCIATION: “”mur + tah””

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Muirgheal

Meaning of the Irish name Muirgheal. Listen and learn how to pronounce Muirgheal so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: muirgheal “bright as the sea.” The Irish form of the name Muriel.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Muirgheal

PRONUNCIATION: mur + el”

ENGLISH: Meryl, Muriel

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Muirne

Meaning of the Irish name Muirne. Listen and learn how to pronounce Muirne so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: muirne means “high-spirited, festive.” Muirne loved Conall who was from an opposing tribe. Her father, a druid, opposed the match and had Conall killed but not before Muirne had conceived a son, who grew up to be the legendary warrior Fionn Mac Cool(read the legend) and who later avenged the death of his father.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Muirne

PRONUNCIATION: mir + ne”

ENGLISH: Morna, Myrna

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Muriel

Meaning of the name Muriel. Listen and learn how to pronounce Muriel so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: muirgheal “bright as the sea.” The Irish form of the name Muriel.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Muriel Muirgheal

PRONUNCIATION: mur + el”

ENGLISH: Muriel

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Myrna

Meaning of the name Myrna. Listen and learn how to pronounce Myrna so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: muirne means “high-spirited, festive.” Muirne loved Conall who was from an opposing tribe. Her father, a druid, opposed the match and had Conall killed but not before Muirne had conceived a son, who grew up to be the legendary warrior Fionn Mac Cool(read the legend) and who later avenged the death of his father.

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Myrna Muirne

PRONUNCIATION: mir + ne”

ENGLISH: Myrna

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