What does Monica mean?
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".
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. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Monica for girls. Monica reached its apex rank of #45 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #538 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Monnie, Monique, Monika and Mona are the prominent alternative forms of Monica (#538 2 years ago) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these relations of Monica was common among parents during 1970-1979 (average #514) and is somewhat less today (#907, down 81%). Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Monica and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)