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


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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Monica name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mona, Monica, 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 baby names are Donica, Monisha, Ronica and Tonica. These names tend to be less commonly used than Monica.