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What does Mordecai mean?

Mordecai Pronunciation of Mordecai [morde-cai] as a boys' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Mordecai is "little man". Also possibly "follower of Marduk, a god of the Babylonians". Biblical name. In the Talmud, the name is of Aramaic origin, from "mara dachya" meaning "pure myrrh", the aromatic resin which was used in incense.

Associated with: little, follower (servant), biblical, pure.


Mordecai has 4 variants: Mordechai, Mordy, Mort and Mortdecai.

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Middle name pairings:
Mordecai Yandel (M.Y.), ..

How popular is Mordecai?

Mordecai is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#29325 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only prominent varying form of Mordecai (outside Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000 is Mordechai (#1133 from current records). This form of Mordecai was favored in 2012 and is almost as common today. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mordechai in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mordecai and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Marcas, Marceau, Mardel, Marden, Marlea, Marsean, Mircea, Modesto, Mohegan, Mohican, Moray, More, Moreland, Morell, Morey, Morgan, Morgen, Mori, Morice, Moricz, Moriel, Morlee, Morleigh, Morley, Morrel, Morrell, Morrey, Morrgan, Morrice, Morse, Morten, Morven, Murdoch and Murdock. These names tend to be more commonly used than Mordecai.

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