|Region of origin||France|
|Related names||Maëlle, Maëlys|
Mael is an old Celtic name from Ireland, Wales and Brittany. Nowadays this first name is popular in France.
It was also borne by Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill (975/976-1022), a High King of Ireland.
Both a boys name and a girls name, although it seems traditionally more used on boys. Its feminine form in Breton is Maela, but the modern French variant Maëlle is often preferred. In Welsh it is considered masculine.
In Wales, Mael is the legendary name of Roycol's son.