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What does Monica mean?

Monica [mon-i-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".

Associated with: greek, destruction, greatest, fictional (literary).


Monica has 10 variants: Lamonica, Mona, Monca, Monicka, Monika, Monike, Moniqua, Monique, Monnica and Monnie.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Monina, Morica, ..

(male) Mongue, Monita, ..

How popular is Monica?

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 (#18607 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Monica for girls. Monica reached its apex rank of #45 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #538 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Monique (#1977 via latest list), Monnie, Monika, Lamonica and Mona are the prominent alternative forms of Monica (#538 via latest list) listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Monica was common among parents during 1970-1979 (average #850) and is now significantly diminished (#1752, down 94.7%), with forms such as Mona going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Monica, Lamonica, Mona, Monika, Monique, Monnie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Monica, Monique outside U.S.

Similar Names

Monica is alike in pronunciation to Manika. Other suggested similar names are Anica, Annica, Bonita, Danica, Denica, Donia, Donica, Donika, Donita, Donnica, Ionia, Ionija (see Ionia), Janica, Jenica, Jonina, Jonisa, Jonita, Meica, Mica, Moia, Moina, Moira, Monisha, Monna, Montina, Moria, Morisa, Mounia, Munira, Nenica, Ronica, Ronika, Ronnica, Sonia, Tonia, Tonica, Tonina, Vinica, Yonina, Yonita, Zonia and Zorica. These names tend to be less commonly used than Monica.