Mia (given name)

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Pronunciation/ˈmə/ MY
/ˈmə/ MEE
MeaningBright, friendly

Mia is a feminine given name, originating as a hypocoristic of various unrelated names.

It is usually derived from the name Maria and its variants (Miriam, Maryam, Mary), but it is reportedly also used as a hypocoristic of names such as Amalia,[citation needed] Amelia,[citation needed] Emilia,[citation needed] Emily, Salome (Solomia) or Maya.[citation needed]

The name has been popularly associated with the Italian word mia and the Spanish word mía, both meaning 'mine',[citation needed] and also recognized as a derivation from the Slavic word mila, meaning "dear, darling".[citation needed]


Long in use as a hypocoristic, Mia is recorded as an officially given name in the United States in the 1960s, and it rose to popularity in the 1990s to 2010s, from rank 316 in 1994 to rank 30 in 2004 and further to rank 6 in 2013–2015.[1] Similarly, it reached rank 7 in Australia as of 2013.[2]

Notable individuals[edit]

Given name[edit]


  • Mia Aegerter (Myriam), Swiss pop singer and actress
  • Mia Farrow (María), American actress
  • Mia Hamm (Mariel Margaret), American soccer (football) player
  • Mia Matthes (Mariette, 1920–2010), Canadian photographer
  • Mia Rose (Maria), British-Portuguese singer


  • Mia (singer), Lithuanian singer and television presenter
  • Mia Martini, pseudonym of Domenica Berté, Italian singer
  • Mia Murano (未亜), Japanese model and actress
  • Mia X, American rapper, singer-songwriter and actress

Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ behindthename.com
  2. ^ "Australia's 100 most popular baby names". Kidspot. April 2, 2013. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-10.