Quick Facts on Monica
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To warn, advise
Characteristics of Monica
Etymology & Historical Origin - Monica
Monica is a name popularized by a 4th century saint, the mother of St. Augustine (who immortalized his mother’s virtues in his autobiographical “Confessions”). A native of Northern Africa, Monica’s name is believed to be of Phoenician origin. But as her cult grew in the Middle Ages, the name became associated with the Latin “monere” which means ‘to warn, advise’. This folk etymology fit nicely with the notion that it was mother Monica who guided her wayward son toward Christianity. St. Monica was in an arranged marriage with a North African Roman official, who was also a pagan. They had three children (Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua). Through her unwavering patience and constant prayers, she was finally able to convert her husband to Christianity. Her children Navigius and Perpetua also entered the religious life. But we all must suffer at least one unbearably rebellious child, and Augustine was her challenge. She spent years following him around Italy and incessantly prayed for him. Even the priests were said to avoid her, so persistent was she in what they thought to be a hopeless cause. One priest was noted for consoling Monica: "It is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish." Augustine was finally baptized in 387 A.D. and Monica died shortly thereafter (presumably a happy woman!). She is the patron saint of wives and abuse victims and her feast day is August 27th. Her legend and cult grew by the 13th century and her name was adopted by Christians throughout Europe, most notably by the French in the form of Monique.
Popularity of the Name Monica
Monica is a name that has been in consistent and fairly respectable use in the United States for well over 100 years. At the turn of the 20th century, Monica maintained a relatively moderate position on the charts, but as he decades progressed, the name increased in usage. By the mid-1960s, Monica was a Top 100 choice for parents of baby girls. The height of the name’s popularity came during the 1970s when Monica was often a Top 50 choice. In fact, the name would remain on the Top 100 list for over 30 years. At the end of the 1990s, the name started to decline. The character Monica of “Friends” (1994-2004) didn’t seem to impact the popularity of this name, nor did the titillating Monica Lewinsky scandal of 1998 for that matter. Indeed, since the turn of the 21st century, Monica is clearly retreating back to her days of moderate usage. Monica is a solid name, strong sounding but simple and pretty. Three-syllables but easy to say. The pet forms (Mon, Moni) sound a little awkward – Monica is a name that sounds better in its entirety. Monique (the French form) remains a popular choice among African-Americans. Oh, and don’t forget about Santa Monica, California, named after the popular saint. It is also interesting to see that Monica is a Number One in numerology. This is the number of determination – which is consistent with St. Monica’s determination to convert her entire family to Christianity before she herself died. Clearly, this determination paid off for her. Monicas are no wilting flowers.
Popularity of the Girl Name Monica
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Monica
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Monica
Monica We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Monica.
Popular Songs on Monica
Monica - a song by The Kinks
Monica - a song by Before Dark
Monica - a song by Leslie Cheung
Monica Interview - a song by Chris Rock
Santa Monica - a song by Everclear
Children's Books on the Baby Name Monica
Monica and the Bratty Stepsister (Diana G Gallagher) - Part of a series of books about Monica. Monica tries hard to be nice to her 8-year-old stepsister, but it's hard. When she has to spend the whole day with Angela, it seems like Angela's trying to sabotage her at every turn. Will Monica make it through the day? Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Monica
Famous People Named Monica - Monica Bellucci (Italian actress); Monica Seles (tennis player); Monica Lewinsky (notorious); Monica Mancini (singer)
Children of Famous People Named Monica
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Monica - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Monica.
Monica - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Monica - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Monica.
Personality of the Girl Name Monica
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Monica