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What is the Meaning of Mia?

By Emma Davies


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The name Mia has its roots in Latin languages like Spanish and Italian to mean ‘mine’ or ‘beloved’. Often used as a shortened version of Maria, Mia is derived from the Hebrew name Miryam and has also been used as an abbreviated version of the Israeli girl’s name Michal.

Meaning of name Mia
  • Name Origin: Roots in both Spanish and Italian
  • Meaning: Spanish and Italian means ‘mine’
  • Pronunciation: M EE – uh
  • Gender: Female

How Popular is the Name Mia?

The name Mia has been popular in the US for over two decades. According to the Social Security Administration Data, it has ranked in the top 100 names since 2000.

In recent years its popularity has increased, seeing it ranked as high as number 6 from 2013 – 2017. Mia then took a slight dip in popularity during 2018-2021 where it ranked 7/8.

Name Variations

Name Meaning Origin
Maria Of the sea or bitter Latin
Mary Of the sea or bitter or beloved Hebrew
Michal Who is like God Hebrew
Miriam Of the sea or bitter Hebrew
Mila Peoples favor Slavic
Maryam Sea, flower, bitter Arabic
Mea Mine Scandinavian

More Latin Girl Names

Name Meaning
Antonia Priceless, praiseworthy, beautiful.
Cecilia Blind to one’s own beauty.
Herminia Soldier.
Lucia means light.
Octavia The eighth born.
Sabina From the name of the tribe in central Italy.
Valeria Means strong.

Alternative Girl Names Starting with ‘M’

Name Meaning Origin
Magnolia After the magnolia flower French
Millie Gentle strength Latin
Mya Great, mother Greek
Morgan White sea dweller Welsh
Margot Pearl French
Milan A unification, a coming together Sanskrit
Malia Perhaps or probably Hawaiian

Famous People Named Mia

  • Mia Hamm – American soccer player and Olympic gold medalist.
  • Mia Martini – Italian singer and songwriter.
  • Mia Pojatina – Croatian model and beauty queen.
  • Mia Murray – Australian basketball player.
  • Mia Tyler – Daughter of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler.