Meaning and Name Origin
Monica \m(o)-ni-ca\ as a girls' 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 prominent first name for women (#131 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#22050 out of 88799, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Monica for girls. Monica reached its apex rank of #45 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #538 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Monica and associated names. Prominent alternative forms of Monica (#538 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Monnie, Monique, Monika and Mona. Usage of these girl names reached its highest during the years 1970-1979 and is now significantly less, with the forms Monica, Monique, Monika and Mona becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)