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Moira

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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 51 years old.

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      6 Positive Comments

  • "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

      4 Neutral Comments

  • "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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