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What does Maura mean?

Maura Pronunciation of Maura [mau-ra] as a girls' name is of Irish and Latin origin, and the meaning of Maura is "star of the sea". Variant of Mary.

Associated with: irish, star, sea.


Maura has 3 variants: Moira, Mora and Morah.

Affiliated girl name: Maureen.

43 more different relations via Mary: Mair, Maire, Mal, Malia, Mame, Mamie, Manon, Manya, Mara, Mare, Maree, Maren, Maria, Mariam, Marian, Marie, Marin, Marita, Marja, Marjan, Marje, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Marysa, Masha, Maure, Maureen, Maurene, Maurine, Maurise, Maurita, Maurizia, Mavra, May, Mayme, Mayra, Mayria, Moire, Morag, Moya, Muire and Murial.

Creative forms:
(female) Mauma, Merra, ..

(male) Maurad, Maurai, ..

Middle name pairings:
Maura Kenna (M.K.), ..

How popular is Maura?

Maura is a very prominent first name for females (#924 out of 4276, Top 22%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#40083 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Maura was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its top rank of #503 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is currently at #1490. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maura name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maura outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Maura (#1490 in recent rankings) ranked in the Top 2000 are Malia (#313 in recent rankings), Mame, Mamie, Mara (#739), Maree, Maren (#1113), Maria (#109), Mariam (#563), Marian (#1104), Marie (#564), Marin (#1471), Marita, Marla, Marlo, Mary (#124), Maureen, Maurine, May (#1658), Mayme, Mayra (#1275), Moira (#1645) and Mora. These forms of Maura reached the top of their popularity during 1890-1899 (usage of 9.7%) and have become much less common since (usage 0.5%, down 94.4%), with versions such as Mayme becoming less fashionable. Mara and Mariam are two of the more chic names for newborns here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maura, Malia, Mame, Mamie, Mara in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maree, Maren, Maria, Mariam, Marian in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marie, Marin, Marita, Marla, Marlo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mary, Maureen, Maurine, May, Mayme in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mayra, Moira, Mora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria, Mariam, Mary outside U.S.

Similar Names

Maura is alike in pronunciation to Maery, Mahra, Maira, Mairi, Marah, Maraya, Mari, Mariah, Marra, Maurie, Meara, Meera, Meerah, Meira, Mera, Merah, Merri, Merry, Mira, Mirah, Mirra, Moria, Moyra, Myra and Myrah. Other suggested similar names are Alura, Aura, Bakura, Barra, Caera, Cara, Daira, Dara, Darra, Fabra (see Fabia), Fara, Glaura, Isaura, Kaara, Kara, Katura, Larra, Laura, Lawra, Lura, Maarva, Mada, Madra, Maida, Maiya, Mala, Malka, Malva, Manda, Marga, Mart, Marva, Mata, Maude, Mauresa (see Maureen), Maurisa, Mauve, Maya, Mouna, Murna, Natura, Noura, Sabra, Saira, Sara, Sarra, Shura, Tamra, Taura and Zara. These names tend to be less commonly used than Maura.

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