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Origin: Celtic
Meaning: The Great

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Moira

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Moira in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Moira:

  • Records indicate that 1,121 girls in the United States have been named Moira since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1963, when 144 people in the U.S. were given the name Moira. Those people are now 54 years old.

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      8 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Moira and i am so tired of people calling me Mora or Mo-i-rah, but i love my name and i hope the best for all Moira's out there." May. 12, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friend and coworker from UK is named Moira. She has a great name and a great personality. I live in UK, but come from Poland and always was fascinated by Celtic culture, Gaelic languages and similar things, so when I met Moira years ago for the first time, I thought "How lucky she is! She has an Irish name!". I guess I was a bit jealous. My eldest daughter is Moira after her. And I noticed that her name is easier to pronounce for Poles than to Brits, English people are really creative and call her: Mwara, Maura, Muira, Maira, Mary, Mara ohh... so many combinations! In Poland they just call her what she is, sometimes they can't write it properly, they write Mojra, because Polish j is like English y, but it is not a big problem. My friend Moira also has problems with people who mispronounce this name, but she says tchem that is "oi" like in joy. I really love this name, it's unique, very beautiful and simple in the same time. I just love it. Best wishes for all Moiras." Oct. 5, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a " Moira " of 63 years. Must admit that in my younger years ( esp. from school teachers !! ) I did endure every variation possible, and did tire of repeating the proper pronunciation. I have always loved my name for it's individuality, and my Grandchildren think it is "cool" that although I am Grammy, my real name is "cool ".. To my closest friends I am always " Moi"" Feb. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely adore the name Moira. I am naming my daughter after a Mary and I am of Irish descent, so it's perfect. I also love the fact that it's so rarely used." Dec. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello, Moiras ... looks like my parents chose the name at the peak of its popularity, in 1962. To the 11-year-old Moira out there ... be proud! I have had nothing but compliments on the name. Yes, sometimes a few sick people have made fun of it ... when I was in school, a boy named Mario said, "the only way to spell Moira is to spell Mario wrong." Only unhappy males have ever said anything negative about my name, but most females and many, many men have told me that they've heard my name in stories, in films, etc., and that they've always loved it. I have met three other Moiras, including one seated at the same fundraising dinner with me. We could not get over being seated at the same table. I grew up with a bunch of Cathys, Karens, Debbies and Marys, and with my name, people always remembered me wherever I went. I think it helped make me the exceptional person I am today!" Aug. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Moira too! I am eleven years old. My grandmother was shocked when she heard what my parents called me. It was hard growing up with a name like that, but it was different. Also, I love the teachers give me!" Jan. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi my names is moira(well you know that!) and i'm 11, I usually don't mind my name, sometimes it makes me feel special and sometimes it makes me feel so and so. I always wonder what it would be like to have my favourite name, but then again that wouldn't feel normal and it wouldn't be me." Oct. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is indeed Moira. My entire family and everyone growing up called my Mor-a, but I always preferred Moy-ra, which is what I go by now. I get call mayra, mariah, maria, the whole bunch but Maria drives me nuts the most. Not sure why. I've only met one the person with my name." Jan. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      9 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Moira too. My aunt told me my mother loved the book called "The Red Shoes" the girl in the lead role was a ballet dancer called Moira Shearer and that's when she started loving the name. I was more excited when my daughter came dancing in from school one day when she was 5 yrs old telling me Peter Pan's wife was called Wendy Moira Darling. Now who doesn't want to be related to Peter Pan...not me! I think Moira is a magical name. I love it!!" Jun. 16, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Moira and I love it. I was told by a Scottish man that in Gaelic it means destiny or fate" May. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 77years old and I have always enjoyed my name Moira .My husband and some friends call me Mo ,unfortunately it tends to make people think my name is Maureen which I am not that keen on." Apr. 17, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Moira, I'm 19, and my while life people have said my name wrong or totally butchered it. But I love my name! I get so many compliments and people are always super intrigued even though they can't say it. Feel proud of your name no matter what!" Dec. 9, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi. My name is Moyra. I am 11 years old. Almost all the time people don't pronounce my name right and they might call me mora,Moy? ,Maura ,or even moy moy. I think it's really anoying and I hope people will start to pronounce my name right.😅" Sep. 20, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Moira. Throughout my life of 30 years, I have received nothing but compliments for my name (especially from men). Yes, some people find it hard to pronounce and spell, however, the majority of people don't find it difficult. Lovely name." May. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I met someone with this name and found it difficult to pronounce until I thought of the "moi" as like "toy." Maybe that's a good quick way to get others to pronounce correctly more easily." Sep. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name, too, is Moira, and like the other woman said, I have had every variation possible used in place of the phonetically correct Moy-ra (including by family members). So in my early 20's I adopted a nickname given to me of "Mo". It's just easier and saves me grief (but not my mother, who hates "Mo"!). Parents should really consider what their kids are going to endure before they tag a moniker like this on their kid." May. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • ""Moira" is a beautiful name, but I would have prefered the spelling of "Maura". I've spent my life hearing "Moy-ra", "Mwa-ra", "Moy-ray", etc." Dec. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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