Italian word name or Scandinavian short form of Maria
"mine or bitter"

Mia Origin and Meaning

The name Mia is a girl's name of Italian, Scandinavian origin meaning "mine or bitter".

Mia originated as a short form of Maria, which ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Miryam. In modern times, Mia has been used as a nickname for names including Amelia, Emilia, and Miriam. Mia is also an Italian and Spanish word meaning 'mine.'

Mia is an appealingly unfussy multicultural name that has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the charts and is now firmly among the ten top girl names. Mia has surpassed its mother name Maria as the Number 1 girls' name starting with M.

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.

# 8 in the US

Mia Rank in US Top 1000

# 55 on Nameberry

Mia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Mia Popularity

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Famous People Named Mia

  • Mariel Margaret "Mia" HammAmerican soccer player
  • María de Lourdes Villiers "Mia" FarrowAmerican actress
  • Mia MichaelsAmerican dancer and choreographer
  • Mia WasikowskaAustralian actress
  • Mia TalericoAmerican child actress
  • Mia Abagale TylerAmerican model and actress; daughter of singer Steven Tyler
  • Mia Rose FramptonAmerican actress; daughter of singer Peter Frampton
  • Mia SaraAmerican actress
  • Mia Doi ToddAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Mia StallardAmerican child actress
  • Mia Katherine ZapataAmerican singer of band The Gits
  • Mia Amber DavisAmerican model/actress
  • Mia AegerterSwiss singer
  • Mia Martinistage name of Domenica Bertè, Italian singer
  • Miastage name of Vilija Pilibaitytė, Lithuanian singer
  • Mia MuranoJapanese model
  • Mia KhalifaLebanese,American adult film actress
  • Mia Rosestage name of Maria Antónia Teixeira Rosa, British singer,songwriter
  • Mia Xstage name of Mia Young, American rapper
  • Mia KirshnerCanadian actress
  • Mia BorisavljevicSerbian pop and folk singer
  • Mia DiazAmerican dancer and reality TV personality ("Dance Moms: Miami")
  • M.I.A.stage name of Mathangi Arulpragasam, British pop singer,songwriter
  • Mia Amor MottleyPrime Minister of Barbados
  • Mia Sinclair JennessAmerican actress
  • Mia GothEnglish actress, married to actor Shia LaBeouf
  • Mia MaestroArgentine actress and singer,songwriter
  • Mia HaysAmerican child actress
  • Ludmya Bourdeau "Mia" LoveU.S. Congresswoman from Utah
  • Mia Susan Kovacsdaughter of actors Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams
  • Mia Claman Deakindaughter of reality TV personality Jody Claman ("The Real Housewives of Vancouver")
  • Mia Turner (b. 1969)daughter of singer Ike Turner and Margaret Ann Thomas
  • Mia Mantegna (b. 1987)daughter of actor Joe Mantegna
  • Cara Mia Wayans (b. 1987)daughter of actor/comedian Damon Wayans
  • Mia Cash (b. 1988)daughter of tennis player Pat Cash and model Anne,Britt Kristiansen
  • Mia Quinn (b. 1998)daughter of actors Aidan Quinn and Elizabeth Bracco
  • Mia Grace Ella Niccol (b. 2000)daughter of director Andrew Niccol
  • Mia Honey Threapleton (b. 2000)daughter of actress Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton
  • Mia Innes Brisbin (b. 2002)daughter of actress Laura Innes and David Brisbin
  • Mia Marić (b. 2006)daughter of tennis player Iva Majoli and Stipe Marić
  • Mia Robertson (b. 2006)daughter of reality TV personalities Jase and Missy Robertson ("Duck Dynasty")
  • Mia Cuomo (b. 2007)daughter of musician Rivers Cuomo of Weezer
  • Mia Regina Sorensen (b. 2008)daughter of reality TV personality Regina Bird and Dale Sorenson
  • Mia Rebecca Hewitt (b. 2010)daughter of tennis player Lleyton Hewitt and actress Bec Cartwright
  • Mia Quaglia Orozco (b. 2010)daughter of actress Ana Maria Orozco and Martín Quaglia
  • Mida Haddin (b. 2011)daughter of cricketer Brad Haddin
  • Mia Hossa (b. 2011)daughter of ice hockey player Marian Hossa
  • Mia Loren Ziering (b. 2011)daughter of actor Ian Ziering
  • Mia Olivia Hay (b. 2013)daughter of skaters Annabelle Langlois and Cody Hay
  • Mia Grace Tindall (b. 2014)daughter of Mike and Zara Tindall; great,granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
  • Mia Obi (b. 2015)daughter of footballer Mikel Obi; twin of sister Ava
  • Mia Alma Lavandeira (b. 2015)daughter of blogger Perez Hilton
  • Mia KayLee Simmons (b. 2016)daughter of reality TV personality JoJo Simmons ("Run's House")
  • Mia Noel Brett (b. 2017)daughter of Madison Brett, niece of singer Tyler Joseph
  • Mia Love Thicke (b. 2018)daughter of singer Robin Thicke
  • Mia Malkova (b. 1992) is an American adult actress. She is the subject of the 2018 documentary film GodSex and Truth.
  • Mia St. John (b. 1967) Mexican American professional boxerborn Mia Rosales
  • Mia Miluv (b. 1974) American adult actress

Mia in Pop Culture

  • Amelia "Mia" Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldimain character in "The Princess Diaries"
  • Mia Torettoin the "Fast and Furious" movie series
  • Mia Jonescharacter on "Degrassi: The New Generation"
  • Mia Wallacein the movie "Pulp Fiction"
  • Mia McCormickcharacter on the soap "Days of Our Lives"
  • Mia St. Clairfrom the American Girl doll collection
  • Mia Catalanocharacter from "One Tree Hill"
  • Mia DeardenDC comic character
  • Mia Rizzocharacter on the US show "Vegas"
  • Miaslang for bulimia nervosa
  • Mia Feycharacter in the "Ace Attorney" video game series
  • Mia Lewisfrom "Californication"
  • Mia Formcharacter from "The Conjuring" series
  • Mia Hallfrom the book "If I Stay" by Gale Forman
  • Miafrom "Vampire Academy" by Richelle Mead
  • "Mamma Mia" musical
  • Mia Coluccicharacter in Mexican Soap Opera "Rebelde"
  • Mia Winchellprotagonist of Wendy Mass's novel "A Mango,Shaped Space"
  • Mia GreyChristian Grey's little sister in "50 Shades of Grey"
  • Mia Buhalmetcharacter in "Fran Bow"
  • Miacharacter in Evil Dead (2013)
  • Mia Dennet (also goes by Chloe)protagonist of Mary Kubica's novel "The Good Girl"
  • Mialead character in 2016's "La La Land"
  • Mia Wintersthe main female protagonist in the video game "Resident Evil 7: Biohazard"
  • Mia "Maps" Mizoguchicharacter from DC's Gotham Academy
  • Miaa LEGO Friends character
  • Miaa character in the mobile game “High School Story"
  • Mia Corveremain character in the Nevernight series by Jay Kristoff.

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