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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 Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

From the experts:

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)


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!!