According to legend, Chief Uke, who was descended from the Gods, arrived at Mauke after a long voyage from Avaiki - the fatherland in the sky. After a peaceful sleep he awoke and named it Akatokamanava - place where my heart rested. He gave his beautiful daughter in marriage to Chief Atiu-Mua and their descendents populated Mauke and Atiu for many generations.
And it was those later generations who renamed the island Mauke ("Ma Uke" means Land of Uke). The original name is still used in songs and on formal occasions. Missionary, John Williams was the European discoverer of the island in June, 1823.