Meaning and name origin
Monica \m(o)-ni-ca\ as a girl's name is pronounced MAH-ni-kah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Monica is "advisor". Of uncertain origin. May be from Latin "monere" meaning "to advise", or from "nonnica" which comes from "nonna", the Latin word for "nun". Also possibly from Greek "monos" meaning "single, only". Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine, prayed for her son and saved him from self-destruction. Saint Augustine then became one of the greatest saints in history. The name is poopular with Catholics. Fictional character Monica Geller, on the TV sitcom "Friends".
Monica is a very popular first name for females (#131 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#22050 out of 88799, Top 25%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Monica for girls. Monica reached its highest rank of #45 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Monica and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Monica (#538), Monnie, Monique, Monika and Mona. (2014 statistics).