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What does Monroe mean?

Monroe Pronunciation of Monroe [mon-roe] as a boys' name is pronounced mun-ROH. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Monroe is "mouth of the river Rotha, in Ireland". Originated as a surname for those who lived near the river's mouth. The fifth American President, James Monroe (19th century), was known for his Monroe Doctrine, which by forbidding foreign interference in the Americas, helped define the new country's position in the world. Novelist H.H. Munro.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, river, surname, 19th century.


Monroe has 3 variants: Monro, Munro and Munroe.

Creative forms:
(male) Monray, Monreo, ..

(female) Monise, Monret, ..

Middle name pairings:
Monroe Aubrey (M.A.), ..

How popular is Monroe?

Monroe is a somewhat popular first name for men (#766 out of 1220, Top 63%) and an even more popular last name for all people (#567 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Monroe entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #206 in the U.S. then, and is at #1270 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Arnoe, Conroy, Donahoe, Donohoe, Macrae, Mannie, Mano, Manoa, Manoel, Manzo, Marloe, Maro, Marom, Marve, Maurie, Mauro, Menor, Mentor, Merce, Merom, Minor, Minos, Modred, Moe, Mohave, Moise, Mojave, Monkton, Montae, Montane, Montay, Monte, Montel, Montes, Montez, Montie, Montrel, Moore, Moorley, Moorly, Moray, Mordy, More, Morey, Mori, Morice, Moriel, Morio, Moris, Moriz, Morlee, Morley, Morly, Morrel, Morrey, Morrice, Morrie, Morris, Morrley (see Morley), Morrow, Morrowe (see Murrow), Morry, Morse, Mort, Morten, Morton, Morty, Morven, Mose, Moshe, Mosie, Mungo, Mynor, Myron and Roscoe. These names tend to be less frequently used than Monroe.

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