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)



Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic أمير Амир
Meaning: “prince; commander”
The name is derived from the Arabic word for a prince, ruler, commander or admiral. In the Islamic world, it is used as an honorific title of nobility, office or someone of high eminence. The word itself is derived from the Arabic root amr meaning, “to command.”
The early Islamic caliphs used the title Amir al-Muninin meaning, “Commander of the Faithful”, a reference of their leadership over the adherants of the Islamic faith.
The title was assumed by other Islamic rulers, including sheiks and sultans throughout Central Asia all the way into Saudi Arabic.
The leader of a group of pilgrims to Mecca is often referred to as an amir.
It is used as a given name throughout the Islamic world.
As of 2010, Amir was the 20th most popular male name in Kazakhstan, (2010). His rankings in other other countries are as follows:
  • # 13 (Emir, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010)
  • # 28 (Emir, Turkey, 2010)
  • # 66 (Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010)
  • # 155 (the Netherlands, 2010)
  • # 221 (France, 2009)
  • # 278 (United States, 2010)
Other forms of the name include:
  • Emir (Albanian/Bosnian/Turkish)
  • Əmir (Azeri)
  • Amirs (Latvian)
Feminine forms include, Emira (Albanian/Bosnian/Turkish) and Amira.
Amir can also be a Hebrew male אָמִיר name meaning, “tree top.”