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Gender: F Meaning of Mia: "mine; bitter" Origin of Mia: Italian; Scandinavian short form of Maria Mia's Popularity in 2014: #6

Mia is an appealingly unfussy multicultural name that has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the charts and is now firmly in the Top 10 and still rising.

Mia's success is largely attributable to Mia Farrow--born Maria. Her name entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 1964, the very year that Farrow gained wide attention for her role on the nighttime soap Peyton Place.

We see Mia as the daughter of Nina, or maybe Maya, and the granddaughter of Mary: a name that has something for nearly everyone. It works for the parent who wants a name that is simple and modern, and for those who seek a name with genuine depth given that it springs from Maria. Mia sidesteps all the curlicues and ruffles attached to names like Isabella and Olivia, yet it's distinctly feminine.

And in some ways, Mia doesn't feel as trendy as its popularity standing might indicate. It's a likable yet not really stand-out, a compromise choice for a lot of parents. Alternatives include a wide range of rhyming names that are less popular: Leah, Tea, Thea, Gia, Nia, Pia.

Kate Winslet is the mother of Mia Honey, and Ian Ziering is dad to Mia Loren.

Mia is also an Italian word meaning 'mine.'

Famous People Named Mia

Mariel Margaret "Mia" Hamm, American soccer player
María de Lourdes Villiers "Mia" Farrow, American actress
Mia Michaels, American dancer and choreographer
Mia Wasikowska, Australian actress
Mia Talerico, American child actress
Mia Abagale Tyler, American model and actress
Mia Rose Frampton, American actress
Mia Sara, American actress
Mia Stallard, American child actress
Mia Katherine Zapata, American singer of band The Gits
Mia Hossa, daughter of ice hockey player Marian Hossa
Mia Amber Davis, American model/actress
Mia X, American rapper
Mia Kirshner, Canadian actress
Mia Borisavljevic, Serbian pop and folk singer
Mia Diaz, American dancer and reality TV personality ("Dance Moms: Miami")
M.I.A., British musician
Ludmya Bourdeau "Mia" Love, U.S. Congresswoman from Utah
Mia Grace Tindall, great-granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
Mia Rebecca, daughter of Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt and actress Bec Cartwright
Mia Alma Lavandeira, daughter of Perez Hilton
Mia Sinclair Jenness, American actress
Mia Goth, English actress
Mia Maestro, Argentine actress and singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Mia

Amelia "Mia" Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, character in The Princess Diaries
Mia Toretto, in the Fast and Furious movie series
Mia Jones, character on Degrassi: The New Generation
Mia Wallace, in the movie Pulp Fiction
Mia McCormick, character on the soap Days of Our Lives
Mia St. Clair, from the 'American Girl' doll collection
Mia Catalano, character from One Tree Hill
Mia Dearden, DC comic character
Mia Rizzo, character on the US show "Vegas"
Mia, slang for bulimia nervosa
Mia Fey, character in the Ace Attorney video game series
Mia Lewis, from "Californication"
Mia Hall, from the book "If I Stay" by Gale Forman
Mia from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
"Mamma Mia" musical
Mia Colucci, character in Mexican Soap Opera "Rebelde"
Mia Winchell, main character in Wendy Mass's novel "A Mango-Shaped Space"
Mia Grey, Christian Grey's little sister in "50 Shades of Grey"

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