Mádara

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latvian
Meaning: “cleavers.”
(MAH-duh-ruh)

This sweet, exotic and uber feminine, Baltic gem, is derived from the Latvian plural word meaning, “cleavers”, a type of flowering plant indigenous to Latvia.

In ancient Baltic folk medicine, the plant was used to cure and treat skin diseases and other ailments. The name has inspired a Latvian cosmetics company. Mádara, which is an eco-based brand of cosmetics, differs from other European cosmetic chains as it claims to use 100% natural plants indigenous to the Baltic countries.

The name is also a very popular Latvian first name.

Its designated name day in Latvia is July 29.