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Gender: Female Pronunciation: moy-rah Meaning of Moira: "bitter" Origin of Moira: Irish, variation of Mary

The name Moira is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "bitter". Moira and is often added to lists like International Variations of Mary and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

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Well-established Irish and Scottish name that has never appealed much to American ears. Remembered by an older generation as the beautiful red-haired ballerina in the film The Red Shoes, Moira Shearer.

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Famous People Named Moira

Moira Kelly, American actress
Moira Harris, American actress
Moira Crone, American novelist
Moira Gunn, American radio presenter
Moira Forbes, journalist, member of Forbes family
Moira Lister de Gachassin-Lafite, Vicomtesse d’Orthez, South African-British actress
Moira Shearer (King), Lady Kennedy, British ballerina
Moira Clare Ruby Stuart, British TV presenter
Moira Shannon Quirk, English voice actress
Moira Walley-Beckett, Canadian writer
Moira Buffini, English playwright and screenwriter
Moira Brooker, English actress
Moira McLean, Australian TV presenter
Moira Redmond, English actress
Moira Anderson, Scottish singer
Moira Brown, Canadian whale researcher
Moira Cameron, first woman Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London, England

Pop Culture References for the name Moira

Moira O'Hara, character on TV's "American Horror Story"
Moira Nicholson, character from Agatha Christie's "The Boomerang Clue"
Moira Davidson, character in movie "On the Beach"
Moira Byrne, character in "Greener Grass," by Caroline Pignat
Moira Kennedy, character in movie "Strange Hearts"
Moira, character on TV's "Smash"
Moira Banning, character in movie "Hook"
Moira Kinross MacTaggert, character in the X-Men movie series
Wendy Moira Angela Darling, character in "Peter Pan"
Moira, character in Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"
Moira Theirin, character in Dragon Age video game series
Moira Queen, character on TV's "Arrow"
Moira/Max Sweeney, character on TV's "The L Word"
Moira Thaurissan, dwarf in the Warcraft series
Moira Brandon, character in Marvel Comics
Moira Brown, character in Fallout 3
Moira Rose, character on TV series Schitt's Creek
Moira O'Deorain, character in Overwatch
Moira, messenger of the Eddisian gods in Megan Whalen Turner's "Queen's Thief" series

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