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Gender: Male Meaning of Mordecai: "warrior" Origin of Mordecai: Hebrew, from the Persian

The name Mordecai is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "warrior". Mordecai and is often added to lists like Military Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Creative Nicknames".

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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

Mordecai, who returned to Judah with Zerubbabel (Nehemiah 7:7)
Mordecai, servant of King Ahasuerus (possibly Xerxes I); cousin of Queen Esther, who helped save the Hebrews
Mordecai Richler, Canadian author, screenwriter and essayist
Mordecai Peter Centennial "Three Finger" Brown, American baseball player
Mordecai Menahem Kaplan, Lithuanian-American rabbi and educator

Pop Culture References for the name Mordecai

Mordecai the Blue Jay, character on TV's "Regular Show"
Mordecai, Richie's pet hawk in movie "The Royal Tenenbaums"
Mordecai, character in video game "Borderlands"
Mordecai Ali van Allen O'Shea, made-up name from "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss
Mordecai Cohen, Mirah's consumptive brother, a visionary young Jew, in "Daniel Deronda" (1874-6) by George Eliot
Mr Mordecai, character in "The Absentee" (1812) by Maria Edgeworth
Mordecai Himmelfarb, ex-professor of English, a Jewish immigrant to Austria, in Patrick White's "Riders in the Chariot" (1961)
Mordecai Jones, legendary con man in "The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man" (1965, rev. 1967) by Guy Owen

Mordachai, Mordacai, Mordechai, Mort, Mordy

Mordecai's International Variations

Motl, Motke (Yiddish)