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Gender: Female Meaning of Mia: "mine or bitter" Origin of Mia: Italian word name or Scandinavian short form of Maria Mia's Popularity in 2017: #6

The name Mia is a girl's name of Italian, Scandinavian origin meaning "mine or bitter". Mia is ranked #6 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Royal Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

From the experts:

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, which originated as a short form of Maria, has surpassed its mother names 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.

Mia is also an Italian word meaning 'mine.'

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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; daughter of singer Steven Tyler
Mia Rose Frampton, American actress; daughter of singer Peter Frampton
Mia Sara, American actress
Mia Doi Todd, American singer-songwriter
Mia Stallard, American child actress
Mia Katherine Zapata, American singer of band The Gits
Mia Amber Davis, American model/actress
Mia Aegerter, Swiss singer
Mia Martini, stage name of Domenica Bertè, Italian singer
Mia, stage name of Vilija Pilibaitytė, Lithuanian singer
Mia Murano, Japanese model
Mia Khalifa, Lebanese-American adult film actress
Mia Rose, stage name of Maria Antónia Teixeira Rosa, British singer-songwriter
Mia X, stage name of Mia Young, 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., stage name of Mathangi Arulpragasam, British pop singer-songwriter
Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados
Mia Sinclair Jenness, American actress
Mia Goth, English actress, married to actor Shia LaBeouf
Mia Maestro, Argentine actress and singer-songwriter
Mia Hays, American child actress
Ludmya Bourdeau "Mia" Love, U.S. Congresswoman from Utah
Mia Susan Kovacs, daughter of actors Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams
Mia Claman Deakin, daughter 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

Pop Culture References for the name Mia

Amelia "Mia" Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, main 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 Form, character from "The Conjuring" series
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, protagonist of Wendy Mass's novel "A Mango-Shaped Space"
Mia Grey, Christian Grey's little sister in "50 Shades of Grey"
Mia Buhalmet, character in "Fran Bow"
Mia, character in Evil Dead (2013)
Mia Dennet (also goes by Chloe), protagonist of Mary Kubica's novel "The Good Girl"
Mia, lead character in 2016's "La La Land"
Mia Winters, the main female protagonist in the video game "Resident Evil 7: Biohazard"
Mia "Maps" Mizoguchi, character from DC's Gotham Academy
Mia, a LEGO Friends character

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


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.