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Flynn - Irish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Floinn, meaning "descendant of Flann," hence "red, ruddy."
Marlie - Pet form of English Marleen, meaning "rebel of Magdala." 
Muirgheas - Gaelic name composed of the elements muir "sea" and geas "taboo," hence "sea-taboo."
Modestus - Roman name derived from Latin modestus, meaning "moderate, sober."
Melusine - German legend name of a fresh-water spirit believed to reside in sacred springs and rivers, meaning either "wonder" or "sea-fog." Melusine is depicted as being like a fish or serpent from the waist down. 
Minninnewah - Native American Cheyenne name meaning "whirlwind."
Myrthe - From the Dutch name for the flowering "myrtle."
Mór - Irish and Scottish Gaelic name meaning "great."
Usha - Hindi myth name of a demonprincess, daughter of heaven, and sister of night, meaning "dawn."
Matjaž - Slovene form of Greek Mattathias, meaning "gift of God."
Newton - English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the name of various places composed of the Old English elements neowe "new" and tun "enclosure, settlement," hence "new settlement."
Mil - Irish legend name (Mil Espane "Mil of Spain") of the father of Éibhear Dunn and Éibhear Finn, who conquered Ireland. Possibly derived from the Latin word miles, meaning "soldier."
Philomelus - Latin form of Greek Philomelos, meaning "friend of ease." In mythology, this is the name of a minor demi-god. 
Marja - Dutch and Finnish form of Greek Maria, meaning "obstinacy, rebelliousness" or "their rebellion."
Mabon - Welsh name meaning "divine son." In Celtic Arthurian legend, this is the name of the son of Modron ("divine mother"). He was a hunter god who was stolen by Annwn from his mother three days after his birth. He was rescued by Culhwch, a cousin to Arthur, but because of the time he spent with Annwn, he remained young. He later assisted Culhwch in his search of Olwen. 
Melisizwe - African Xhosa name meaning "leader of the nation."
Minna - Variant spelling of German Mina, meaning "will-helmet."
Macaria - Feminine form of Spanish Macario, meaning "blessed."
Marjolijn - Dutch form of French Marjolaine, meaning "marjoram."
Miryam - Hebrew name meaning "obstinacy, rebelliousness" or "their rebellion." In the bible, this is the name of a woman of Judah, and the sister of Aaron and Moses.
Manley - English surname transferred to forename use, from the name of various places composed of the Old English elements (ge)mæne "common, shared" and leah "meadow, pasture," hence "common meadow." Its choice as a forename is probably due to its similarity to the word manly.
Franco - Pet form of Italian Francesco, meaning "French."
Muiris - Irish form of Roman Latin Maurice, meaning "dark-skinned; Moor."
Mykhaila - Feminine form of Ukrainian Mykhailo, meaning "who is like God?"
Mihaela - Feminine form of Slovene Mihael and Romanian Mihai, both meaning "who is like God?"
Gaby - Pet form of English Gabriela, meaning "man of God" or "warrior of God."
Meurig - Variant spelling of Welsh Meuric, meaning "dark-skinned; Moor."
Marna - Swedish form of Roman Latin Marina, meaning "of the sea."
Matevž - Slovene form of Greek Mattathias, meaning "gift of God."
Angiolo - Florentine Italian form of Latin Angelus, meaning "angel, messenger."
Plêionê - Greek name meaning "more, plenty." In mythology, this is the name of the Okeanid nymph wife of Atlas.
Janneke - Dutch form of Low German Jannike, meaning "God is gracious."
Meuric - Welsh form of Roman Latin Maurice, meaning "dark-skinned; Moor."
Winston - English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Wynnstan, meaning "joy-stone." 
Marquise - Variant spelling of English Marquis, meaning "governor of a border country."
Matchitisiw - Native American Alqonguin name meaning "he has bad character."
Martirio - Spanish name meaning "martyrdom."
Myfanwy - Welsh name composed of the elements my "my" and banw "woman," hence "my woman."
Mshai - Egyptian name meaning "traveler."
Marit - Norwegian and Swedish form of Greek Margarites, meaning "pearl."
Xiaodan - Chinese unisex name meaning "little-helper."
Rai - Chamoru name meaning "king."
Meadhbh - Modern form of Old Irish Gaelic Medb, meaning "intoxicating." In mythology, this is the name of a warrior queen of Connacht, the wife of Ailill.
Brina -  Yiddish name meaning "brown."
Jeremiah - Anglicized form of Greek Ieremias ("Jehovah casts forth" or "Jehovah hurls") and Hebrew Yirmeyah ("whom God has appointed"). In the bible, this is the name of many characters, including one of the six major prophets.
Bakarne - Feminine form of Basque Bakar, meaning "alone."
Mbizi - Egyptian name meaning "water."
Olimpia - Older spelling of Greek Olympia, meaning "of Olympus." 
Martial - English form of Roman Latin Martialis, meaning "of/like Mars."
Gayla - Variant form of English Gayle, meaning "father rejoices."

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