Moira: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Moira

Moira

Pronunciation: MOY-rə (key)

Origin of the name Mary:

Anglicized form of Maria, which is derived from the Hebrew Miryām (sea of bitterness, sea of sorrow). There is much debate over the meaning of the name, however. While "sea of bitterness or sorrow" seems to be the most probable, some sources give the alternative definitions of "rebellion," "wished-for child," and "mistress or lady of the sea." The name, borne in the Bible by the virgin mother of Jesus, has become one of the most enduringly popular names in the Christian world.

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Maire, Mary

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Comments and insights on the name Moira: | Edit

First off, it's pronounced MOR-a not MOyRAH. Sources: it's my name. It's the real, original correct Celtic pronunciation. It aquired the moyrah pronunciation when it was translated into English. I took several Irish dance classes when I was younger, and there were 3 other Moiras In it, all with the correct spelling also and correct pronunciation too. When pronounced Moyrah, in my opinion, it loses it's beauty and it sounds like an old Jewish woman with nasal problems is trying to pronounce it, unsuccessfully.

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My name is also Moira, and I pronounce it MOY-rah. The origin of the name in relation to me is an ancient greek word meaning fate, and that is how it is said in that language and context.

Personal experiences with the name Moira: | Edit

We named our daughter Moira because we wanted a derivation of Mary that wasn't too common and we love Gaelic names.I had heard the name before (always pronounced MOY-rah) and thought it was pretty and unique, but not too off the wall. However, living in a small Midwestern town, we are CONSTANTLY asked how to spell and pronounce her name. Hopefully, this won't affect our daughter's view of what I consider a lovely name. Given the choice, I'm not 100% sure we'd choose Moira again...at least living in the backwoods like we do (-: However, if you don't mind the twice over when you give your child's name, go for it. It has a beautiful lilting sound!

Nicknames for Moira: | Edit

Mosie
Mo

Meanings and history of the name Moira: | Edit

Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic name Máire (a form of Mary.)
Pronounced: MOI-ra
Moirae or Moerae (in greek mythology) referred to the white-robed personifications (3 sisters) that ruled over human destiny.

Famous real-life people named Moira: | Edit

Moira Kelly, American actress
Moira Harris, American actress
Moira Crone, American author
Moira Gunn, American radio host

Moira in song, story & screen: | Edit

Moira, character in Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale."
Moira MacTaggert, fictional character the X-Men stories in the Marvel Comics universe.
Moira Davidson, a character played by Ava Gardner in the 1959 movie "On the Beach" with Fred Astaire and Gregory Peck.
Moira Doyle, a key character in the popular Australian TV series called "McLeod's Daughters".
Wendy's middle name in the novel "Peter Pan": her full name is Wendy Moira Angela Darling.

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