Gender: Masculine
Origin: Breton
Meaning: “prince; chief.”

The name comes directly from the Breton word for a chief or prince. It corresponds with the Gaulic word, magalos and the Greek, megalos, both meaning, “big; strong.”

Mael was borne by a 5th-century Breton saint, he is sometimes confused with St. Malachy and was believed to have been the nephew of St. Patrick.

Recently, Mael and his offspring have become extremely trendy in France. As of 2010, Maël was the 12th most popular male name while the feminine form of Maëlle ranks high up in the French top 500 as well, coming in as the 54th most popular female name, while Maëlys ranked in even higher, coming in as the 14th most popular female name.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Mae (Breton)
  • Maelan (Breton)
  • Maeldan (Breton)
  • Maelig (Breton)
  • Maelou (Breton)
  • Mael (Breton)
  • Mailloc (Breton)
  • Mel (Breton)
  • Meal (Breton)
  • Maëlan (French)
  • Maëlig (French)
  • Maël (French)
  • Maé (French)
Feminine forms include:
  • Maela (Breton)
  • Maelann (Breton)
  • Maelenn (Breton)
  • Maelez (Breton)
  • Maëlana (French)
  • Maëlane (French)
  • Maëlen (French)
  • Maëlise (French)
  • Maëlla (French)
  • Maëllia (French)
  • Maëllie (French)
  • Maëlle (French)
  • Maëlys (French)
The name is borne by a French singer and songwriter known simply as Maël (b.1976)