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PronouncedPron.MAHN-!-kə English

Meaning & History

Meaning unknown, most likely of North African or Phoenician origin. In the 4th century this name was borne by the North African saint Monica of Hippo, the mother of Saint Augustine, whom she converted to Christianity. Since the Middle Ages it has been associated with Latin moneo "advisor" and Greek monos "one". As an English name, Monica has been in general use since the 18th century.
VariantsMonique English Mônica Portuguese
Other Languages & CulturesMònica Catalan Monika Croatian Monika Czech Monika, Mona Danish Monique Dutch Monique French Monika German Mónika Hungarian Monika Latvian Monika Lithuanian Monika, Mona Norwegian Monika Polish Monika Slovak Monika Slovene Mónica Spanish Monika, Mona Swedish
Same SpellingMónica, Mònica, Mônica


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Entry updated October 11, 2012   Contribute