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Moira is a character in the novel The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Moira is portrayed by Samira Wiley on the Hulu program based on the novel. On the show, the name is pronounced MOY-ra. (The only Moira I knew in real life pronounced it more like it rhymed with aura.)
― Anonymous User  10/18/2018
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In 2018, 47 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Moira who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 2, 806th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2018
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It sounds like a very ancient name from the wilds of Ireland or Scotland. I like it.
― Anonymous User  9/29/2018
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I like this name but it is probably more common on the east coast of the US. I live in the West and this name is at best rare if not unheard of altogether. It sounds like a grand Irish name though. It makes me smile.
― Anonymous User  9/16/2018
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Moira is the name of one of the main characters on the amazing and hilarious tv show on Netflix, “Schitts Creek”. I recommend this show to anyone who loves or hates the name Moira because this show will really make you see the name in a whole new way.
ellenlovesonce  8/8/2018
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Moira is a sweet name. I love the meaning destiny.
kayisforkeen  8/7/2018
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My name is Moiré. I hated it as a child because it was difficult for everyone to say, so they all called me Maura. But now as an adult I love my given name. As far as nicknames I could never get use to Mo. My mom did sometimes call me Miora.
Mk1982  8/5/2018
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Moira O'Hara is the housekeeper for the Harmon family in American Horror Story: Murder House.
― Anonymous User  4/18/2017
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This is my name and I personally like it but it's hard for most people to pronounce. Most people call me Mo, but they like to spell it Moe. I'm not a man, people! It's MO! (by the way, I'm not mad... I'm actually laughing!)
momococo7  2/20/2017
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The name Moira was given to 129 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
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I don't like the "oy" sound in this name.
1836732  6/11/2016
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I for one love this name. It's fun to see how people try to say my name. I get Mora I get Mohrea I once got Mahra. It's fun to see the embarrassed look on their faces. I still love my name! My friends call me Moi-Moi.
Narwhalruler11  2/3/2016
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I don't like this name at all. It sounds like someone with an annoying accent is trying to say Myra or something.
― Anonymous User  9/17/2015
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Moira Quirk (Mo for short) was the referee on the Nickelodeon game show GUTS.
PinkJazzX  11/28/2014
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The name Moira can also mean destiny. Derived from the Greek fates, the Moirai. [noted -ed]
Honesty Isambard  11/2/2014
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I don't like the way this name sounds and looks at all, it's very ugly. Whenever I hear this name, I imagine an old lady who likes to smoke all the time so her voice is all rasp.
Alexanna  10/2/2014
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The name Moira was given to 113 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
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I dislike this name because it reminds me to Moira Orfei a famous owner of an italian circus who is very very tacky!
Eretria  6/9/2013
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Moira is the name given to Wendy's granddaughter and subsequent wife of Peter Pan in the 1991 film "Hook". Moira is also the first of Wendy Darling's two middle names.
JoReia  9/7/2012
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Moira Gunn is an American radio host.
Moira Crone is an American author.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2012
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Moira Harris (born 1954 in Pontiac, Illinois) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2012
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Moira Kelly (born 1968 in New York City) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2012
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I've heard it pronounced like Mariah. I've also heard it pronounced like Mira. I'm not sure how the parents decided on those pronunciations.
amabel  7/28/2011
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This name is very pretty, though I pronounce it "MWAR-ah".
DaphneSusan  10/31/2010
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One of the shop keepers at Gaia Online is named Moira.
Toomra  9/28/2010
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This name could be pronounced several different ways. You've got MOY-ra, MORE-a, and possibly MWEE-ra, even in this spelling.
Or if you pronounce it each vowel separately (like you would in Spanish) it would become mo-EE-ra, which I personally think is beautiful. (But not a good name for a child because people would always want to pronounce it MOY)

If you had to give her a nickname, she could be Moe, or the much better Ira.

The name always reminds me of a moire pattern.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2010
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This is a beautiful and underused name, which I've always heard pronounced MOY-ruh (there was a Moira at school).
Just Jonquil  10/15/2009
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A gorgeous name, borne by:
Moira Redmond (1928-2006), British actress
Moira Stuart (b. 1949), British newsreader of Afro-Caribbean parentage
Just Jonquil  10/15/2009
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Moira is a minor character in Dan Simmons' Olympus.
Athena Nike  7/15/2009
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Moira is the name of one of the neighbor girls in "8 Simple Rules."
bunnyfunny  2/8/2009
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Moira is the name of a town in Co Down, Northern Ireland. Its name is taken from the Irish "Maigh Rath" which means "plain of the ring forts". It is located between Lisburn and Lurgan and is mainly Protestant.

Also, in 637 AD, Moira was the site of a victory by the King of Tara over Comgall, King of Ulster.
rachypiesheepbaa  2/7/2009
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It seems to me a very modern name. It's my mother's name and suits her just fine and it's not very popular (she's the only Moira I know).
ibbierose  1/27/2009
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Moira Byrne was the daughter of Morgan Rowlands and Hunter Niall in the series of books Sweep by Cate Tiernan. Moira only appears in the last book, Night's Child. I think this is a lovely name!
harry_sent_me  10/1/2008
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In Greek Mythology the Moirae were the rulers of destiny - even the Gods were under their power. They controlled the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal from birth to death.

Also a very beautiful name!
Semper S  9/14/2008
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Moira is the name of the main character in the Robert Munsch book 'Moira's Birthday'.
― Anonymous User  7/27/2008
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I have a Moira in my family, and I think it is a beautiful name. Most people who know her pronounce it MOI-ra, however a couple her siblings pronounce it MY-ra, which I personally find annoying but it's just another little pronunciation to throw into the mixer.
katmac17  5/28/2008
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The way the 'o' and 'i' sound follow each other isn't very pleasant-sounding.
slight night shiver  4/30/2008
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Moira Kelly is an actress best known for role as Chad Michael Murray's mother Karen Roe on the television show "One Tree Hill". Also, she is the voice of Nala in Disney's "The Lion King" series.
Mystic  1/13/2008
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The route of meaning through derivations of Mary, Maria seems a bit far-fetched--can anyone tell me why this is the given etymology? I don't know which cultures have used the name and under what influence, but I think it's more plausible to suggest that Moira came directly from the Attic Greek feminine noun" "Moira, moiras," meaning "Fate."
Melissa16  9/29/2007
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Moira McTaggert from X-men. She was a Scottish scientist and friend of Professor Xavier.

I think Moira is an awesome name! I think it's way better pronounced MOY-ra because I can't think of many names that sound much like that. It gives it originality. When people pronounced MOR-A I think it just sounds like other common names like Dora, Nora, etc.
rory  8/30/2007
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I love the name Moira, I prefer Moirah though. I think the final 'h' gives it a kind of magical expression. I love that. If I'll ever have a daugther I might call her Moirah.
― Anonymous User  6/9/2007
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Very rich and full and sweet like a good dessert.
SerenitySong  3/17/2007
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I have several Moiras in my family, and all pronounce it MORE-ah, not MOY-rah. I think it's lovely, and a nice alternative to Laura, Nora, Zora, Dora, Cora, etc.
ClaraWhittaker  3/12/2007
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A very beautiful elegant name.
― Anonymous User  3/1/2007
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Hmm, this name seems to be the (English) phonetic spelling of the Scots Gaelic name "Moire", a title used for the Virgin Mary (the Irish use "Muire" ("MWEE-ra") to refer to Mary).
gaelruadh19  1/17/2007
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Moira is also the Greek word for "fate."
prisca  12/5/2006
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I LOVE the name Moira because it's kinda my name, lol, but anyone looking to name their baby Moira rocks!
xo-mickeymouse-ox  9/28/2006
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I always think of Peter Pan, because Wendy's name is Wendy Moira Angela Darling. That's actually how I fell in love with it.
Tudor  6/14/2006
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I know a darling little girl named Moira. I think it's an adorable name, even though the pronunciation sometimes throws people.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2006
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I know two girls who pronounce this name MOORE-ah.
― Anonymous User  2/11/2006
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British dancer and actress Moira Shearer (Dumfermline, Scotland, January 26, 1926 - Oxford, England, January 31, 2006) bore this name. She appeared in six films - The Red Shoes (1948), The Tales of Hoffmann (1951), The Story of Three Loves (1953), The Man Who Loved Redheads (1955), and Les collants noires and Peeping Tom (both 1960). Though she remained a dancer more than an actress, in movies she is, however, best remembered for her performance as Vicky Page in The Red Shoes.
alberto  2/11/2006
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There's a hot character on The L Word named Moira.
VeryGorgeous  1/20/2006
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This name always makes me think of Peter Pan.
"Wendy Moira Angela Darling--"
"Wendy's enough."
tmarie  6/17/2005

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