What does Moira mean?
Moira \mo(i)-ra\ as a girls' name is pronounced MOY-rah. It is of English, Irish, Gaelic and Latin origin, and the meaning of Moira is "star of the sea". Variant of Maire (Irish, Gaelic), from Mary (Latin). See also Mayra and Myra.
Moira has 29 more alternative forms via Maire, Mary, Mayra, Myra: Mair, Maira▼, Maire, Mairi, Malia, Manya, Mara, Mare, Maria, Marita, Marja, Marla▼, Marya, Masha, Maura▼, Maure, Mavra, Mayra▼, Mayria, Mimi, Mira, Miriam, Moll, Molly, Morag, Moya, Muire, Myra▼ and Myrah.
Moira is a very popular first name for women (#1855 out of 4276, Top 43%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Moira for girls. Moira entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its top position of #962 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Moira and corresponding names. Maria (#115 the previous year), Mary (#120), Molly (#122), Miriam (#305), Malia (#345), Mira (#613), Myra (#638), Mara (#695), Mimi, Maura, Marita, Marla, Maira, Maureen and Mayra are the popular variation forms of Moira. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4404%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.3154%, down 28.4%), with forms like Mayra, Maureen, Maira, Marla and Maura falling out of style. Mira (#613), Mara (#695), Molly (#122) and Malia (#345) are four of the more chic baby names in this list. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Moira is pronounced similarly to Mahra, Marra, Meara, Meera, Meira, Mera, Mirah, Miri, Mirra, Mora, Morah and Moria. Other suggested similar baby names are Moia and Moina. These names tend to be less frequently used than Moira.