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Gender: M Meaning of Mordecai: "warrior" Origin of Mordecai: Hebrew, from the Persian

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Mordecai, although it has a noble heritage, has never caught on in this country, because of its rather weighty image.

Mordecai is a symbolic name for boys born on the holiday of Purim, because this cousin of Queen Esther helped her save the Jews from destruction at the hands of Haman.

Mordecai Richler was a Canadian author and screenwriter whose best known work is The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.

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Famous People Named Mordecai

Mordecai from the biblical Book of Esther, servant of King Xerxes and Esther's uncle who helped save the Hebrews
Mordecai Richler, Canadian author, screenwriter and essayist
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, baseball Hall of Famer

Pop Culture References for the Name Mordecai

Mordecai the Blue Jay, from "Regular Show"
Mordecai, Richie's pet hawk in "The Royal Tenenbaums"
Mordecai from "Borderlands"
Mordecai Ali van Allen O'Shea, made-up name from "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss
Mordecai Cohen, Mirah's consumptive brother, a visionary young Jew, in "Daniel Deronda" (1874-6) by George Eliot
Mr Mordecai, character in "The Absentee" (1812) by Maria Edgeworth
Mordecai Himmelfarb, ex-professor of English, a Jewish immigrant to Austria, in Patrick White's "Riders in the Chariot" (1961)
Mordecai Jones, legendary con man in "The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man" (1965, rev. 1967) by Guy Owen

Mordacai, Mordachai, Mordechai, Mordy, Mort

Mordecai's International Variations

Motl, Motke (Yiddish)