Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. MEE-ah(Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
MEE-a(Dutch, German, Italian)

Meaning & History

Diminutive of Maria. It coincides with the Italian word mia meaning "mine".

This name was common in Sweden and Denmark in the 1970s [1]. It rose in popularity in the English-speaking world in the 1990s, entering the top ten for girls in the United States in 2009. It was also popular in many other countries at that time. Famous bearers include American actress Mia Farrow (1945-) and American soccer player Mia Hamm (1972-), birth names María and Mariel respectively.

Related Names

VariantsMaja, Majken, Marika, My(Swedish) Mai, Maiken, Maja(Norwegian) Mai, Maiken, Maja, Majken, Maren(Danish) Maaike, Marieke, Mariëlle, Mariëtte, Marijke, Marike, Mariska, Marita, Meike, Mieke, Miep, Mies, Ria(Dutch) Maja, Mareike, Mariele, Marietta, Marita, Meike, Mitzi, Ria(German) Mariella, Marietta(Italian) Maja, Manca, Mare, Marica, Maruša, Mija(Slovene) Maja, Mare, Marica(Croatian)
DiminutivesMaj(Swedish) Maj(Norwegian) Maj(Danish) Jet, Jette(Dutch)
Other Languages & CulturesMarietjie(Afrikaans) Mariam, Maryam(Arabic) Meriem(Arabic (Maghrebi)) Mari, Maria, Mariam, Meri(Armenian) Maryam(Bashkir) Maria, Miren, Maia(Basque) Mariya, Maryia(Belarusian) Mary, Miriam(Biblical) Maria, Mariam(Biblical Greek) Miriam(Biblical Hebrew) Maria(Biblical Latin) Merjem, Merjema(Bosnian) Mari, Mai(Breton) Maria, Mariya, Mariela, Mariyka(Bulgarian) Maria, Mariona, Ona(Catalan) Maria(Corsican) Marie, Miriam, Maja, Marika, Máša(Czech) Mariyam(Dhivehi) Maarja, Mari, Maria, Mirjam, Maarika, Mai, Maia, Maie, Malle, Mare, Marika, Maris, Marje, Marju(Estonian) Maria(Faroese) Mere(Fijian) Maaria, Maria, Marja, Marjaana, Marjo, Miia, Mirjam, Mirjami, Jaana, Maarika, Maija, Mari, Marianne, Marika, Marita, Maritta, Marjatta, Marje, Marjukka, Marjut, Mirja, Mirka(Finnish) Marie, Myriam, Manon, Marianne, Marielle, Mariette, Marion, Marise, Maryse(French) Maria, Maike, Mareike(Frisian) María, Maruxa(Galician) Mari, Mariam, Meri(Georgian) Maria, Marietta, Marika(Greek) Maryamu(Hausa) Malia(Hawaiian) Miriam, Miri(Hebrew) Mariamne(History) Mária, Mara, Mari, Mariann, Marica, Marietta, Marika, Mariska(Hungarian) María, Mæja(Icelandic) Máire, Maura, Moira, Moyra, Muire, Máirín, Maureen(Irish) Mariyam(Kazakh) Maija, Marija, Māra, Mārīte(Latvian) Marija(Lithuanian) Marija, Maja, Mare(Macedonian) Mariam(Malay) Marija(Maltese) Moirrey, Voirrey(Manx) Mere(Maori) Malle, Molle(Medieval English) Maria(Occitan) Maryam(Persian) Maria, Miriam, Maja, Marietta, Marika, Maryla, Marysia, Marzena(Polish) Maria, Miriam, Mariana, Mariazinha(Portuguese) Maria, Maricica(Romanian) Maria, Mariya, Marya, Manya, Marusya, Masha(Russian) Márjá(Sami) Mele(Samoan) Maria(Sardinian) Mhairi, Moira, Moyra(Scottish) Màiri, Moire(Scottish Gaelic) Marija, Maja, Mara, Marica(Serbian) Mária, Miriam, Maja, Marika, Miriama(Slovak) Marja(Sorbian) María, Míriam, Mariela, Marita, Mía(Spanish) Maritza(Spanish (Latin American)) Mariamu(Swahili) Maryam(Tatar) Mele(Tongan) Meryem(Turkish) Maria, Mariya, Mariyka, Marusya(Ukrainian) Mariyam, Maryam(Urdu) Meryem(Uyghur) Mair, Mari(Welsh) Mariama(Western African)
Same SpellingMía
User SubmissionMia

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Name Days

Norway: July 13


Sources & References

  1. Nordic Names Wiki, entry Mia, available from
Entry updated April 5, 2022