This name derives from the Old High German name “Meinhard and Meginhard”, composed of two elements: “*maginą” (ability, power, might, main) plus “*harduz / *hardu-” (hard, strong, brave, valiant, powerful). In turn the name means “strength brave, brave and strong, very strong, many powerful”. Saint Meinhard was a German canon regular and the first Bishop of Livonia. His life was described in the Chronicle of Henry of Livonia. His body rests in the now-Lutheran Riga Cathedral.