Monica (given name)
Monica Pronunciation /ˈmɒnɪkə/ Gender Female Origin Word/Name uncertain Meaning to advise, alone, nun, solitary Other names Related names Monique, Mona
Monica is an ancient name, possibly of North African or Phoenician origin, and its etymology is unknown. It has also been posited[by whom?] that it may have been derived from the Latin monere, meaning "to advise". Saint Augustine's mother was named Monica, and she was born in Numidia, North Africa, although she also was a citizen of Carthage, hence the possibility it may be of Phoenician origin. It has also been associated with the Greek word monos, meaning "alone".
Saint Monica's feast day is 27 August, and Monica is the patron saint of married women.
In the United States, the name's popularity reached a peak in 1977 when it was the 39th most popular female name for new births. The popularity has gradually waned since then, being 76th most popular in 1990, and 363rd in 2010.
In the European tradition of name day celebration, the date for the name Monica or Monika varies from country to country. In Hungary it is 4 May, as it is in Sweden. In Slovakia it is 7 May, and in the Czech Republic it is celebrated on 21 May. In Poland it is celebrated on 27 August and 4 May. In Latvia it is celebrated on October 6 and in Greece on June 15.
Notable people named Monica
- Monica Arnold (born 1980), American singer, professionally known as "Monica"
- Monica Aspelund (born 1946), Finnish singer
- Monica Bandini (born 1964), Italian road racing cyclist
- Monica Bellucci (born 1968), Italian actress
- Monica Cruz (born 1977), Spanish actress
- Monica Dickens (1915-1992), British author of books for adults and children
- Monica Edwards (1912-1998), British children's author
- Monika Fagerholm, Finnish author
- Mónica Falcioni (born 1968), Uruguayan long and triple jumper
- Monika Fikerle (born 1974), Australian musician
- Monica Goodling (born 1973), former Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice
- Monica Horan (born 1963), American actress
- Monica of Hippo (322-387), Numidian saint, the mother of Saint Augustine
- Monica Iozzi (born 1981), Brazilian actress and reporter.
- Monica Keena (born 1979), American actress
- Monica Lewinsky (born 1973), former White House intern who had an affair with U.S. President Bill Clinton
- Monica May (born 1984), American actress
- Monica Naisen (died 1626), Japanese Roman Catholic martyr beatified in 1867
- Monica Naranjo (born 1974), Spanish singer
- Monica Niculescu (born 1987), Romanian tennis player
- Mónica Pont (born 1969), Spanish long-distance runner
- Monica Potter (born 1971), American actress
- Monica Raymund (born 1986), American actress
- Monica Regonesi (born 1961), Chilean long-distance runner
- Monica Rial, American voice actress and ADR director
- Mônica Rodrigues (born 1967), Brazilian volleyball player
- Monica Seles (born 1973), American-Serbian tennis player
- Mónica Vergara (born 1983), Mexican female footballer
- Monica Vitti (born 1931), Italian actress
- Monica Yunus (born 1979), Bangladeshi-Russian-American opera singer
- Monica Zetterlund (1937- 2005), Swedish singer and actress
Fictional characters named Monica
- Monica Thorne in Trollope's 1858 novel Doctor Thorne
- Monica Geller, fictional character from the TV show Friends
- Monica (Monica's Gang), the lead character from the Brazilian comic book Monica's Gang
- Monica Raybrandt, female protagonist character of the video game Dark Chronicle
- Monica the angel in the TV show Touched by an Angel
- ^ Norman, Teresa (2003). A World of Baby Names. Perigee. p. 213. ISBN 0399528946.
- ^ a b Room, Adrian (2002). Cassell's Dictionary of First Names. Sterling Publishing. p. 467. ISBN 0304362263.
- ^ "Popular Baby Names", United States Social Security Administration, search term: "Monica". Retrieved 2011-07-21.
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