Eng (MOD-est); Fre (mo-DEST)
The name is form the Latin, Modestus, which means, “modest.” It was borne by several Christian saints. In France, its designated name-day is February 24.
Other forms include:
- Modest Модест (English/Polish/Russian)
- Modesto (Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
- Modestus (Dutch/Latin)
Modya and Desya are Russian diminutive forms.
Feminine forms include the French, Modestine and the Spanish, Modesta.