Monica (given name)

Pronunciation /ˈmɒnɪkə/
Gender Female
Word/Name uncertain
Meaning to advise, alone, nun, solitary
Other names
Related names Monique, Mona

Monica is a female given name with many variant forms, including Monca, Monicka, Monika, Monike, Moniqua, Monique, Moneca,Mónika and Monnica.



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.[1] It has also been associated with the Greek word monos, meaning "alone".[2]

Saint Monica's feast day is 27 August, and Monica is the patron saint of married women.

One of the early occurrences of the name in literature is the character Monica Thorne in the 1858 novel Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope.[2]


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.[3]

Name day

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

Fictional characters named Monica

See also


  1. ^ Norman, Teresa (2003). A World of Baby Names. Perigee. p. 213. ISBN 0399528946. 
  2. ^ a b Room, Adrian (2002). Cassell's Dictionary of First Names. Sterling Publishing. p. 467. ISBN 0304362263. 
  3. ^ "Popular Baby Names", United States Social Security Administration, search term: "Monica". Retrieved 2011-07-21.

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