origin: French


Origin: Scandinavian

Meaning: Of the Sea or Bitter

This short, sweet name didn’t really exist (at least, as a given name) until the ’50s and only became more common during the ’90s and ’00s, when it started rapidly rising up the charts. Mia is a pet name for Maria, Mary, Amelia, and many other names -- it’s derived from and popular in almost every language. As for meaning, we’d recommend going with Amelia’s “energetic.” Your other option is the literal Spanish and Italian translation: “mine.” We’ll go out on a limb and say the first is just a little more appealing.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 14

Famous mia

  • Mia Hamm - soccer player
  • Mia Farrow - actress
  • Mia Thermopolis - character in The Princess Diaries
  • Mia Threapleton - daughter of Kate Winslet
  • Mia - character in Mia’s Big Adventure

Infamous mia

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