Updated January 23, 2020

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Chinese : Cantonese variant of Mai 2.
  • Polish and Ukrainian : from a short form of the personal name Makary, Makar, or some other Slavic form of the Greek personal name Makarios ‘blessed’.
  • Polish, Jewish (Ashkenazic), and Slovienian : from mak ‘poppy’, a nickname for someone who grew poppies or (as a Jewish name) an ornamental name.
  • Hungarian (Mák) : from Mák, a short form of the ecclesistical personal name Makár, Hungarian form of Greek Makarios ‘blessed’.
  • Dutch : variant of Mack 2 and 3.