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Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

Surname Origin Meaning
Maban Welsh               Welsh A child, a bairn
Macaula Celtic              Celtic The son of the rock
Macauley Celtic              Celtic son of the rock
Mace Celtic              Celtic son of the rock
Macklin Scottish            Scottish son of servant of St. John
Maclay Gaelic              Gaelic son of Clay
Maclean Scottish            Scottish son of servant of St. John
Macleod Scottish            Scottish son of ugly
Maconochie son of Conochie or Duncan
Maddock Welsh               Welsh mad, good, and oc or og, the same as the termination y or ous in English
Madison son of Mathew or Matilda
Magoon Gaelic              Gaelic Magoon, son of the smith
Maguire Gaelic              Gaelic son of Guaire
Mahomet Turkish             Turkish Glorified
Mahon Celtic-Gaelic       Celtic-Gaelic bear
Maigny French              French An old province of France lying to the east of Bretagne
Main Locality            Locality Magne, great, large, rich, powerful
Mainard German              German stout-hearted
Maitland Locality            Locality meadow land
Major An officer next in rank above a captain
Malet Normandy            Normandy Malleus, Maule, Mall, and Mallet was one of the offensive weapons
Mallard Belgic              Belgic A wild drake
Mallery French              French Mallieure
Mallet Normandy            Normandy Malleus, Maule, Mall, and Mallet was one of the offensive weapons
Malmesbury the town of Malmesbury in Wiltshire, England
Malone Irish               Irish Maol, bald or tonsured, and Eoin, John
Mandeville Latin               Latin De Magna villa
Mann German              German Gentleman or master
Mannering Welsh               Welsh Mesnil or Maenol, a farm
Manners French              French Manoir to stay or to abide
Mannus A god celebrated among the Germans as one of their founders
Manser Dutch               Dutch Mansoir, a male issue, a boy
Mansfield Saxon               Saxon manrian, to traffic, and field
Mansle Locality            Locality A town of France in the province of Angoumois
Manwaring Welsh               Welsh Mesnil or Maenol, a farm
Mar Gaelic              Gaelic Maor, an officer of justice
Marchant French              French merchant
Mark Marcus, a field
Marsh Teutonic            Teutonic Maresche, Morass, a fen, a tract of low, wet land
Marshall Scottish            Scottish master of the horse
Marshman One dwelling near a marsh
Martin Latin               Latin martius, warlike, from Mars, the God of War
Martinez Spanish             Spanish son of Martin
Marven Gaelic              Gaelic Morven, a ridge of very high hills
Masenfer German              German Messenfer, a great fair or market for merchants
Massenger French              French messager
Massey Locality            Locality the town and lordship near Bayeux, in Normandy
Massie Locality            Locality the town and lordship of Massey, near Bayeux, in Normandy
Masten Welsh               Welsh A place or house inclosed, from Maes, a field, and din, inclosed, fortified
Mather Welsh               Welsh Madur, a benevolent man
Matthew Hebrew              Hebrew The gift of the Lord
Mattison son of Matthew
Mauer German              German A wall
Maxwell Scottish            Scottish Macsual, son, and sual, small, little
May the fifth month in the year
Maynard German              German stout-hearted
Mayne Locality            Locality Magne, great, large, rich, powerful
Mayo Irish               Irish the plain near the water, from Moi or Moy
McAllister Gaelic              Gaelic son of Alister
McAndrew son of Andrew
McArdle son of the high-rock
McBain son of Bain
McBride son of Bride
McCabe son of Cabe
McCallen son or descendants of Callen or Colin
McCallister son of Alister
McCamus son of Camus
McCardle Gaelic              Gaelic son of the high-rock
McCarthy son of Carrthach
McCharraigin son of the rock
McCleod Mac, son, and Clode, from Claudius
McClis Mac, son, and Clis, active, quick, ingenious
McCoun Gaelic              Gaelic Mac, son, and Ceann, head or chief
McCrackin son of the rock
McCree Gaelic              Gaelic Mac, son, and Righ, king
McCullough son of Cullough
McDermot son of Dermot
McDhoil Gaelic              Gaelic son of Dowell or Dougall
McDonald Scottish            Scottish son of Donald
McDonell Scottish            Scottish son of Donald
McDonnough Gaelic              Gaelic son of Donnach
McDougall son of Dougall
McDowell Gaelic              Gaelic son of Dowell or Dougall
McDuff Gaelic              Gaelic son of the captain
McFadden Celtic              Celtic son of Faddan
McFarland Gaelic              Gaelic son of Pharlan, or Partholan
McFerson son of Pherson
McGinnis Gaelic              Gaelic son of Ginnis
McGooken Celtic-Gaelic       Celtic-Gaelic Mac, a son, and Gugan
McGowan Gaelic              Gaelic son of a smith
McGrath Celtic-Gaelic       Celtic-Gaelic son of Gradh, love, fondness, virtue, prosperity
McGraw Celtic-Gaelic       Celtic-Gaelic son of Gradh, love, fondness, virtue, prosperity
McGregor Scottish            Scottish descendants of Gregor
McGucken Celtic-Gaelic       Celtic-Gaelic Mac, a son, and Gugan, a bud or flower
McGuire son of Guaire or Godfrey
McHard Gaelic-Welsh        Gaelic-Welsh son of the brave or the handsome
McHarg Gaelic-Welsh        Gaelic-Welsh son of the brave or the handsome
McIldoey Mac, son, gille, a youth, and dhu, black
McIldouney Gaelic              Gaelic Mac, son, gille, a youth, and doinne, brownishness
McIlhenny Gaelic              Gaelic son of the old man
McIlroy Gaelic              Gaelic Mac, gille, and ruadh, red-haired
McInnis son of Innis
McIntosh Scottish            Scottish son of the leader or first
McIntyre son of Kintyre
McKay Scottish            Scottish son of a champion
McKelly son of Kelly
McKensie Gaelic              Gaelic son of the chief, head, or first
McKenzie Scottish            Scottish son of Coinneach
McKibben Celtic              Celtic Mac, son, and Ceobbinn, the top of the hill
McKie Celtic-Gaelic       Celtic-Gaelic son of a champion
McKinnon McFingon, the son of Fingon
McKirnan son of Kiernan
McLaughlin son of Laughlin
McLaurin son of Labhruinn, or Lawrence
McLean MacGillean
McLeod son, and Clode, from Claudius
McMahon Gaelic              Gaelic son of a bear
McManus son of Manus or Magnus, the great, or renowned
McMartin son of Martin, or the warlike
McMaster son of Master
McMullin son of the miller
McMurrough son of Murrough or Murrach
McMurtair Gaelic              Gaelic son of a murderer
McNab son of Nab
McNamara Celtic              Celtic Mac, son, and cu-marra or or con-marra, the hero of the sea
McNaughton Gaelic              Gaelic Mac, son, an, of, and achduinn, tools and instruments of all kinds
McNevin son of Nevin
McNiel son of Niel
McPherson son of Pherson
McQuade son of the Poet
McQuaire Son of Guaire or Godfrey
McQuarie Son of Guaire or Godfrey
McQueen McOwen, the son of Owen
McWilliam son of William
McWithy Cornish-British     Cornish-British son of the weaver
Mead Locality            Locality meadow
Meadow Locality            Locality Land appropriated to the culture of grass
Mechant French              French bad, wicked
Medcaf Welsh               Welsh midd, inclosed, and caf, a cell, a religious house
Medina Spanish             Spanish name from any of the several places
Meek Mild of temper, soft, gentle
Meers Shallow water, or lake
Mehin Welsh               Welsh Mochyn, a pig
Meikle A lump or mass, much, big
Meikleham The large village; the great house
Meiklejohn Scottish            Scottish Large John
Mellis Gaelic              Gaelic milis, sweet
Melor Gaelic-Welsh        Gaelic-Welsh Melwr, soldier
Melun Locality            Locality The town in France
Menai Welsh               Welsh a strait which divides the island of Anglesea from the coast of Wales
Mendoza Basque              Basque mendi mountain + otz cold
Menno Beardless
Menteth Locality            Locality a district in Scotland so called, through which the river Teth runs
Menzies the parish of Monzie, in Perthshire, Scotland
Mercer One who deals in silks and woolen goods
Meredith Meredyth, or Ameredith
Merle French              French blackbird
Merril French              French blackbird
Merton Locality            Locality mere, a lake or marsh, and ton
Meshaw French              French Mechant, bad, wicked
Mesick Dutch               Dutch Maesyck, a town on the river Maes, in the bishopric of Liege, Netherlands
Metcalf Welsh               Welsh medd signifies a vale, a meadow, and caf, a cell, a chancel, a church
Metternich Dutch               Dutch Metter, middle or in, and naght, night
Meyer German              German Mayor
Meyeul Locality            Locality a place in France
Michael Hebrew              Hebrew Who is like God?
Mickle Scottish            Scottish Muckle, big
Middleditch Locality            Locality middle trench for draining wet land or guarding inclosures
Middleton Locality            Locality the middle town
Milbourne Locality            Locality Miln, a mill, and borne or bourne, a brook
Mildmay Saxon               Saxon Mild, soft or tender, and dema, a judge
Milford Locality            Locality ford by the mill
Miller Scottish            Scottish One who attends a grist-mill
Millman A man belonging to a mill
Mills Living near a mill
Milne A mill
Milner A miller
Milthorpe Locality            Locality mill, and thorpe, a village
Milton Saxon               Saxon miln, a mill, and ton
Minster Saxon               Saxon abbey
Minturn Welsh               Welsh min, stones, and turn, a round, a circle
Mitchell Saxon               Saxon Michael, Muchel, big
Mixe Locality            Locality An ancient territory of France
Mochrie Celtic              Celtic mo, my, and chree, dear
Moe English             English Large, tall, great
Moel Gaelic              Gaelic Maol, signifies bald
Moelyn Welsh               Welsh Bald-pate
Moers Dutch               Dutch fen, marsh, or moor
Moffatt Locality            Locality the town of Moffat, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Molen Dutch               Dutch A mill
Molloy Cornish-British     Cornish-British The dusty or hoary mill
Molyneux French              French Moulin, a mill
Monger merchant
Monk Welsh               Welsh mon, sole, separate, alone
Monroe Locality            Locality Monadh Roe or Mont Roe, from the mount on the river Roe, in Ireland
Monson son of Mon or Mun, Edmund
Montague French              French De Mont aigue, from the sharp or steep mountain
Monteith Locality            Locality a district in Scotland so called, through which the river Teth runs
Montford Latin               Latin De Monte Forte, from the strong or fortified hill or mountain
Montgomery Latin               Latin Mons Gomeris, Gomer's mount
Montmorice mount of Morris
Moody Welsh               Welsh Meudwy, an anchorite, a recluse, hermit, a monk
Moon Welsh               Welsh mwyn, mines
Mooney French              French Meunier,a miller
Moore Scottish-Gaelic     Scottish-Gaelic Mor, great, chief, tall, mighty, proud
Moos German              German fen, bog
Morales Spanish             Spanish the plural of moral,mulberry tree
Moran A multitude
Moray Moravian-Gaelic     Moravian-Gaelic mor, great, and an or av, water
More Gaelic              Gaelic Mor, great, chief, tall, mighty, proud
Moreau French              French a Moor
Moreno Latin               Latin Maurus Moor
Moreton Gaelic              Gaelic mor, large, high, and dun, ton, a hill
Morgan Mor, the sea, and gan, born
Morgen German              German morning
Moriarty Gaelic              Gaelic Mor, great, and artach, exalted
Morley Welsh-British       Welsh-British mor, the sea, and ley, a valley
Morrel Having yellow hair
Morris Welsh               Welsh Mawr and rys, a hero, a warrior, a brave man
Morrison Scottish            Scottish Son of Morris
Morse Morris
Morton Gaelic              Gaelic Mor, big, great, and dun, ton, a hill
Moseley Saxon               Saxon a mossy field or pasture
Mostyn Welsh               Welsh Maes, a field, and din, inclosed, fortified
Mott French              French A round artificial hill
Moulton Locality            Locality A small town in Devonshire, England
Mountain A name of place
Mountjoy Mont-joie as a heap of stones made by a French army, as a monument of victory
Moxley Saxon               Saxon muga, much, great, large, and ley, a field
Moxon son of Moggie or Margaret
Mueller German              German miller
Muir Scottish            Scottish moor or fen
Mulligan Gaelic              Gaelic Mullechean, the top or summit, a height
Mullins French              French miller
Mumford Latin               Latin De Monte Forte, from the strong or fortified hill or mountain
Mundy Locality            Locality the Abbey of Mondaye, in the dukedom of Normandy
Mungey Mountjoy
Munn Edmund
Munoz Spanish             Spanish son of Muno
Munsel Locality            Locality Monsall, a dale of Derbyshire
Murphy Irish name O'Murchadha, which means descendant of sea warrior in Gaelic
Murray Moravian-Gaelic     Moravian-Gaelic mor, great, and an or av, water
Murrell French              French A sea wall or bank, to keep off the water
Musgrave Saxon               Saxon Meus, the place where the hawks were kept. and grave, keeper
Myers German              German Mayor
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