Of uncertain ultimate origin. This was the name of the mother of St Augustine, as transmitted to us by her famous son. She was a citizen of Carthage, so her name may well be of Phoenician origin, but in the early Middle Ages it was taken to be a derivative of Latin monere ‘to warn, counsel’, since it was as a result of her guidance that her son was converted to Christianity.
French: 1. (Maçon): occupational name for a mason, French maçon. 2. habitational name from places so called in Saône-et-Loire, Allier, Aube, the Côte d'Or, Gers, and Deux-Sères. 3. from the old oblique form of a Germanic personal name Mako, from Mago, a short form of a compound name formed with maht ‘strength’, ‘power’ as the first element.