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Gender: Female Meaning of Mona: "noble good" Origin of Mona: Irish

The name Mona is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "noble good". Mona and is often added to lists like Names with Inspirational Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop Your Favorite: GIRLS!".

From the experts:

Mona had more than a moment in the sun, peaking in 1950 at Number 230 but falling off the Top 1000 completely in the late 1980s. Its similarity to the word "moaner" undercuts the appeal of its simplicity. In one recent year, fewer than 100 baby girls received the name, and we don't see it reviving any time soon.

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Famous People Named Mona

Mona von Bismarck (born Mona Travis Strader), American socialite and fashion icon
Mona Johannesson, Swedish model
Mona Elizabeth Simpson, American novelist; sister of Apple founder Steve Jobs
Mona Grudt, Norwegian beauty queen; Miss Universe 1990
Mona Charen, American columnist and commentator
Mona Barthel, German tennis player
Mona Marshall, American voice actress

Pop Culture References for the name Mona

Mona Lisa, painting by Leonardo Da Vinci
Mona Melendy, the young actress in Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Children series
Mona Parker, main character in the "Mona the Vampire" series
Mona Dahl, character in "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov
Mona Vanderwaal, character in the Pretty Little Liars series
Mona Robinson, character on TV's "Who's the Boss?"
Mona, Ross's short-time girlfriend on TV's "Friends"
Mona Kane Tyler, mother of Erica Kane on American soap "All My Children"
Mona Milton, "maternal nymphomaniac" (and mistress of Ulick Invern) in "Painted Veils" (1920), by James Huneker
Mona Tibbs, character on TV's "Salute Your Shorts"
Mona J. Simpson, mother of Homer on TV's "The Simpsons"
Lady Mona Treverton, character in "Green City in the Sun," by Barbara Wood
Mona Bergeron, main character in the 1985 French film "Vagabond (Sans Toit ni Loi)"
Mona Mayfair, character in several novels by Anne Rice
"Mona McCluskey," TV series and its main character
Mona Aamons Monzano, character in Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle"
Mona Ramsey, character in the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin
Mona Sax, character in the Max Payne series
Mona Stevens, character in "Landfall: A Channel Story" by Nevil Shute and film
Mona, character in the WarioWare series of video games
Mona, main character in "Mona Lisa Overdrive" by William Gibson
"Mona," opera by Horatio Parker
"The Ballad of Mona Lisa," song by Panic! at the Disco
The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting
"Mona Lisa Smile," movie starring Julia Roberts
Mona Lisa Saperstein, character in "Parks and Recreation"

Monna, Monah, Moina, Monea, Moyna, Mone


stellarvra99 Says:


Means female monkey in Spanish...

Alice Says:


This name isn't on my list but I do think it's beautiful. First reference that comes to mind is the model, Mona Johanessan.

Daiseymae Says:


People were mean to Mona when I went to school back in the day. That was in the stone age.

snowsbeloved Says:


Nope nope nope. I don't see the appeal at all.

EW314 Says:


Lovely, simple, striking name with a nice meaning. I think of the kids' TV vampire too but I'm not even sure if that show's still on, and it doesn't put me off.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I think it's really pretty and unusual. Also I used to really like a show called Mona the Vampire when I was younger, which is what I think of first when I see this name :)

ashbee Says:


I like the film noir associations, and Mona sounds jazzy to me. Finding out it's a sweet Irish name on it's own only adds to the appeal. I hope it comes back eventually, at least as a nickname to Ramona.

MissusAytch Says:


This is not just a diminutive form of Monica or Ramona. It is a name in its own right of Irish origin meaning "little noble one."

Vespertinerose Says:


Your right kids are mean no matter what, perhaps I should have clarified my statement. I think children are over exposed to sex/nudity at a much younger age today. Because of that, it would concern me with this name and possible teasing in the earlier years instead of the high school years. Setting that aside, Mona Lisa the movie comes to mind as well, starring Julia Roberts. The name has many good and solid connections, I think parents can muster past the few negative associations.

Candy Joelle Varvel Says:


I think that's the problem. It's not kids today, it's going to be kids in 5-10 yrs. With all the old fashioned names being brought back right now that don't roll off the tongue as smoothly as Mona, like Imogen, Adelaide, Genevieve or Beatrice... Which are all listed as some of the highest spiking names on the 2014 top baby name list on Huffington Post. I don't think this name is going to be a problem. As far as the moaner thing, I honestly think if any child is unpopular, there is some terrible nickname that could be made up about them... that's kids.

mabespark Says:


There is the Mona Lisa connection, which is great, but also the moan-ah (sounds like moaner with an accent) sound. The main thing that would keep me from using it is that there is a ghost story at a camp that I went to about a woman named Mona who drowned her son and now haunts the camp. Pretty creepy.

Vespertinerose Says:


I think of two things right off the bat. Mona Lisa-the painting which gives this name some good cred, but then there is the connection to a lot of Moaning....which given the attitude of kids today, they may not be so kind with this lovely name.

lesliemarion Says:


Dramatic without being tri-syllabic. Great nickname for Desdemona.