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Gender: Female Pronunciation: MOH-ah-na or MWA-nah Meaning of Moana: "Sea" Origin of Moana: Maori

The name Moana is a girl's name of Maori, Polynesian origin meaning "Sea". Moana and is often added to lists like Heroine Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

This Maori name, often heard in New Zealand, is an exotic, evocative choice for a sea lover. Moana is a Polynesian sea god and was also an alternate name for the heroine Ofelia in Pan's Labyrinth. Moana may also be a color name for a deep ocean blue ("lanu moana"). Don't be tempted to shorten this name to "Moa" ("chicken").

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Famous People Named Moana

(Anna) Moana Rosa Pozzi, Italian actress
Moana Maree Maniapoto, New Zealand singer
Moana Carcasses Kalosil, male Prime Minister of Vanuatu
Moana Wolfgramm Feinga, member of 80's family pop group The Jets

Pop Culture References for the name Moana

"Moana", 2016 animated Disney film and its main character