The name is an evolution of an ancient Baltic female name Medeina (meh-DAY-nah). Medeina was the name of the Baltic goddess of forests and hunting, derived from the element mede meaning “sapling” Medeina was somewhat akin to the Greek and Roman goddess Diana. Not much else is written about her, but she often included in modern Lithuanian symbolism. Her name is fairly popular in the small Baltic country. The designated name day in Lithuania is August 21st.