Gender: Male Meaning of Mordecai: "follower of Marduk" Origin of Mordecai: Hebrew

Mordecai Origin and Meaning

The name Mordecai is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "follower of Marduk".

Mordecai, although it has a noble heritage, has never caught on in this country, because of its rather weighty image.

Mordecai is a symbolic name for boys born on the holiday of Purim, because this cousin of Queen Esther helped her save the Jews from destruction at the hands of Haman.

Mordecai Richler was a Canadian author and screenwriter whose best known work is The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.

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Famous People Named Mordecai

Pop Culture References for the name Mordecai

Mordechai, Mordachai, Mordacai, Mort, Mordy

Mordecai's International Variations

Motl, Motke (Yiddish)


tencolorpen Says:


don't name your kid after this simp

TinyTurtle Says:


Although at first I was a little skeptical about this name, I have grown to love the sound of it! I'm surprised it isn't very popular—it is quite similar to Malachi—but maybe it'll catch on. There are many possible nicknames, Cai being my favorite. I'm not sure if I would name my son Mordecai, but because it is so unique but not unknown, perhaps it would make a great choice.

EW314 Says:


Mordecai is just fabulous! Love the nicknames that previous posters have come up with: Mordy, Mo and Cai.

The full name feels a little heavy for a first name, especially for a little kid, but I think any of those nicknames would make it wearable. It's a nice, unusual alternative to Malachi and would be a great middle name too.

EW314 Says:


Cai - another great nn idea!

EW314 Says:


Moe is such a sweet nickname idea! I'd spell it Mo, love it!

PinkBerry Says:


It rhymes with "Mortify"... Otherwise it would be a cute name

PoppyOrangey Says:


This is super cute on a toddler, yet sophisticated for an adult. I think this name is very usable, but hopefully it won't become too popular because of the new movie, Mordecai with Johnny Depp and the Regular Show. If I named my little guy Mordecai I would call him Moe as a nn.

Guest Says:


I love this name! It's should be in the clunky yet cool list. I think it's gorgeous and full of intrigue. And you can easily call him Cai! It mixes the old with the new. It's dope 😍 and Regular Show makes it cooler.

vintageluvs Says:


Really love the "cai" ending that is so unusual for Biblical names. Cai (and variants) are great nn for Mordecai, also Mordy, which to me sounds vintage along the lines of Monty. Really cute for a little boy and handsome for an older gentleman. I can see this name becoming more popular (hopefully not!).

unicornluvgirl Says:


I LOVE it!!