What does Moira mean?
Moira /moi-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.Kreatif forms: Merra, Moila. [more]
How popular is Moira?
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. in the 1960s, 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 2 years ago), 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 relations of Moira were favored as birth names during the years 1960-1969 (average #559) and are somewhat less conventional today (#684, ▼28.4%). Mary is more familiar than the rest, though Maria is currently the most fashionable, and Mayra is now less popular. (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.