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What does Mia mean?

Mia Pronunciation of Mia [mia] as a girls' name is pronounced MEE-ah. It is of Israeli, Latin and Scandinavian origin. In Israeli, feminine short form of Michal. In Latin and Scandinavian, a short form of Maria. Made famous by actress Mia Farrow. Soccer player Mia Hamm, model Mia Tyler.

Associated with: israeli, scandinavian.


Mia has 3 variants: Mea, Meya and Miah.

Related girl names: Mary, Nia and Michelle.

9 more related forms via Maria, Michal: Mariah, Marie, Marika, Marja, Marya, Mayra, Mayria, Mical and Moriah.

Creative forms:
(female) Meea, Mit, ..

(male) Mile, Mine, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mia Brinlee (M.B.), ..

How popular is Mia?

Mia is a very popular first name for women (#743 out of 4276, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#49869 out of 150436, Top 33%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Mia entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its apex position of #6 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Mia (#6 from recent data) are Maria (#109 from recent data), Mariah (#155), Marie (#564), Marika, Mary (#124), Mayra (#1275), Mea, Miah (#615), Michal, Michelle (#192), Moriah (#976) and Nia (#442). These relations of Mia reached the peak of their popularity in the 1890s (usage of 9.1%) and are now significantly less conventional (usage 1.5%, 83%), with forms like Marie becoming less in vogue. Mia, Miah and Nia are three of the more fashionable girl names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mia, Maria, Mariah, Marie, Marika in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mary, Mayra, Mea, Miah, Michal in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Michelle, Moriah, Nia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mia, Maria, Mariah, Mary, Michelle outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mia is pronounced similarly to Mae, Mai, Maia, Maiah, Maiya, Maiyah, May, Maya, Mayah, Maye, Mei, Miya, Mo, Moia, Moya and Mya. Other recommended names are Gia, Kia, Lia, Mica, Mika, Mila, Mim, Mima, Min, Mina, Mira, Pia, Ria, Tia, Xia and Zia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Mia.

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