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Quick Facts on Mia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Dutch, German, Italian, Latin, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 6
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Mia

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Mia

Mia is a diminutive of Maria (used primarily among Scandinavians, Germans and the Dutch). Maria, of course, is another form of Mary. All of the Mary/Maria names find their original source in the Hebrew Miriam, believed to be derived from the Egyptian element “mry” meaning “beloved”. This would make sense since Miriam of the Bible (Moses sister) was born into slavery in Egypt. However, the importance of the names Mary/Maria is owed to the New Testament rather than Miriam of Exodus – i.e., Mary being the blessed, virginal mother of Jesus. In the early Middle Ages the names derived from Mary (Marie, Maria, etc.) were considered too holy for use. By the High Middle Ages this restrictive societal naming norm loosened up and Mary became one of the most successful female names of all time. Mia developed as a Northern European diminutive of Maria; however, she is also sometimes considered a diminutive of Amelia (a name with an altogether different etymology). Finally, Mia is the Italian word for “my, mine” as in “la mia bambina” (my baby girl).

Popularity of the Name Mia

Mia’s initial success as a baby girls name in the United States was owing to actress Mia Farrow (born Maria de Lourdes). Mia made her debut on America’s Top 1000 list of female names in 1964 and by her second year she was already the 266th favorite baby girl’s name nationwide. That type of rapid popularity is not often seen without some pop-culture influence (in this case, the delicately pretty Ms. Farrow). It looked as if the name might reverse her course in the 1970s and 80s, but then claimed a wider audience in the 1990s. As we turned into the 21st century, Mia finally claimed Top 100 status (2000) and she continues to climb the charts all the way to the top. Mia became a Top 10 baby girls name in 2009 and today she’s ranked #8 in the country (2012). Not only has Mia experienced great success here in the United States, she is also a name of choice all over English-speaking nations: England, Scotland, Ireland, and especially down-under in Australia. Short, easy to say and easy to spell, Mia packs a lot of punch in that small three-lettered frame of hers (maybe it’s her Italian energy). A downright darling name for any “beloved” baby girl – and one which ages nicely into adulthood. Two resounding thumbs up for Mama's Mia!
Popularity of the Girl Name Mia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Mia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mia

    Mia We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Mia.

  • Popular Songs on Mia

    Popular Songs on Mia

    Mamma Mia - a song by ABBA

    Me And Mia - a song by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

    Mia - a song by Aerosmith

    Mia Rose - a song by Peter Frampton

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Mia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Mia

    Callie: Kitty Corner (Ellen Miles) - Mia and Michael Battelli want a pet more than anything. And a cuddly cat or kitten would be perfect for their small brownstone apartment. But their parents aren't sure Mia and Michael are ready for the responsibility. Then Mia spots a tiny calico foraging for food. Callie doesn't seem to belong to anyone--and she's hurt. Mia can't just leave her to fend for herself! But what if she can't convince her parents to keep the sweet little kitten? Will Callie ever find a home? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mia and the Too Big Tutu (Robin Farley) - A "My First I Can Read" book. Mia wants to be a dancer.But her tutu won’t stay up! Can she dance in front of her class without tripping over her tutu? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Princess Diaries (Meg Cabot) - Mia Thermopolis or Princess Mia (Princess of Genovia) is the main character in Meg Cabot’s notable series of novels “The Princess Diaries” first published in 2000. Offbeat Mia will automatically win the heart of every teenage girl who's ever just wanted to fit in with as little fuss as possible. Meg Cabot's writing is silly and entertaining; with tons of pop culture references that will make teens feel right at home within her pages. This is a wonderfully wacky read. Recommended for ages 12 and older.

  • Famous People Named Mia

    Famous People Named Mia

    Famous People Named Mia - Mia Farrow (actress); Mia Sara (actress); Mia Tyler (actress); Mia Hamm (soccer star); Mia Zapata (musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Mia

    Children of Famous People Named Mia

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Mia - Aidan Quinn (actor); Joe Montegna (actor); Kate Winslet (actress); Steven Tyler (musician); Yul Brynner (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Mia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Mia - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mia.

Personality of the Girl Name Mia

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Mia

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