Gender: Female Meaning of Mia: "mine or bitter" Origin of Mia: Italian word name or Scandinavian short form of Maria Mia's Popularity in 2019: #8

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 most popular girls' 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.

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Rank in US: #8

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Pop Culture References for the name Mia

Miah, Meah, Meya, Meeah, Meeya, Meea, Miyah, Miya, Mea


ivy194 Says:


This is great for Hermione. I don't really like Mia for a first. I prefer it as a nickname for something else, like Hermione or maybe Amelia.

Eirini170 Says:


There's a girl in my school that spells Mia like this:

And her siblings' names are:
Wilioahe (Willow)
Georgyei (Georgie, boy)
Breandonye (Brandon)
Rozalyahe (Rozalia)
Aaliyahye (Aaliyah)

I don't know what her parents were thinking

Rainbow glitter Says:


Before, the name Mia was decent for me. But i have met a girl called 'Mia' and she's the rudest,meanest girl ever. The meaning of the name,as well, isn't exactly beautiful...but it seriously suits the Mia i know, as she's really bitter too. I would prefer this name as a nickname to Amelia or something. But on it's own, it's just too short. I don't know why this name is so popular PLEASE NOTE: No offence to anyone called Mia, this is just my opinion on the name, i know that there's a lot of people that love this name,no offence to them.

Mia Wan Says:


When I was born (20 years ago), this name wasn't that popular. It was common enough that people knew it was a name, yet not common enough that there weren't any duplicates in classrooms (I've never had a duplicate through my entire first twelve years of education). But now, it seems that every kid and their cats are all named Mia. Like seriously, if you go to a kindergarten and call the name Mia, like 5 kids will probably answer. It's a shame, because I used to love my name for being common yet unique at the same time, and now it's just common.

Piteco Says:


I really don't know what people see in that name. For me, this is an unattractive name, so boring and dull

sunshinexoxo Says:


It's an okay name, but kind of bland.

Mia7delaney Says:


Same I'm here

paulapuddephatt Says:


I see more girls called Mia online. I can't remember meeting any, 1 Amelia, not a single Ava, but Emma, Olivia, Isabella - those are names I hear. I said to someone on here that I really don't know anyone called Erica. I believe they exist, because I see them online...!!! It's hard to justify moaning that names are overused, when I don't meet people with them...!!! 😃

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lia is stunning. 😃

paulapuddephatt Says:


Mia is cute - especially like it as a nickname - love Tia and Ria, too.

MJMGrace Says:


Exactly! The "No, it's just Mia not Amelia or Maria" conversation gets old. The good thing about the popularity is I don't get called Maya any more.

Floris Says:


This is awesome for Hermione. I dont think i'ts a stretch. The nns for Flora are for example Flossie or Florrie... Mina or Mia sound like the perfect nn for Hermione imo.

Floris Says:


But by that logic one couldn't use Ana anymore either.
Somebody I know is called Flora Mia. She is often called flora-mia and nobody ever suggested it may have a connection to an eating disorder....

Lena_Aline Says:


*Goes on rant about its popularity.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I know 2 Mias and I love them so much! I would definitely use this as a honor middle name for my future daughter

mia Says:


Haha same but I get called Maria a lot by friends and family even though mias my full name

mia Says:


I agree but then I only know 3 others with my name

mia Says:


I only know 3 girls called Mia and I'm 13 and I've met a lot of people. Personally I wouldn't change my name for the world

himynameis..... Says:


Not as common as Emily or Emma! I have met 4 emilys and 3 Emmas before! Emily is now on the 6 or 4 spot on the popularity charts!

indiefendi2 Says:


Mia Khalifa. Name RUINED.

indiefendi2 Says:


I have a baby cousin named Mia on top of the at least 10 Mias I've known 😩

csd267 Says:


Where I live, there is no one that I know of named Mia. I really like this name!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I feel that way about a lot of the names most berries love. But I have only known one Mia.

indiefendi2 Says:


Mia is so boring to me, it's neither here nor there. Every third girl is Mia these days. Blah

Olivia Says:


that's an awful thing to say.

ThistleThorn Says:


Mia Thermopolis's real name was Amelia.

TaliaCat Says:


I prefer Lia

lexibatt Says:


Really pretty name. But its so common.

MiaLuv Says:


My Full Name Is Mia And People Always Ask What Its Short For And I Have To Say 'Its Just Mia. Thats My Full First Name!!'

Leah3456 Says:


I like this name as a nickname to Amelia.

unicornluvgirl Says:


What a beautiful name!

hellogoodbye111 Says:


I like it, but it means "bitter" haha. Also has unfortunately been used as a name by girls with bulimia. They call their eating disorder or their bad nagging thoughts "Mia"

Noetje Says:


I guess it is. It just sounds really good to me. Don’t really know why.

kitchi1 Says:


Yeah, but it does make sense. I like hidden nicknames, haha. Although I personally am not fond of either Mia or Hermione.

Guest Says:


isn't that a stretch?

Noetje Says:


I like this name but mainly as a nickname to Hermione.

Sweekune Says:


Sweet and simple.