Monika: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Monika
Origin of the name Monica:
Ancient yet still popular name of uncertain etymology. Monica was the name of the mother of St. Augustine, who was born in Numidia, an ancient country in northern Africa. Thus, the name might be of African origin. However, Monica is said to have been a citizen of Carthage, a city founded by the Phoenicians, so her name might be of Phoenician origin. Alternatively, some believe it to be from the Latin moneo (to advise).
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This is the German form of the name Monica. It was extremely popular in Germany in the 1950s and 1960s, possibly due to the 1953 Ingmar Bergman film "Summer With Monika".
Monika is a common name in many languages of Central and Eastern Europe, including Armenian, Czech, Georgian, Hungarian, Polish and Slovenian.
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Moni, Nikki, Nika
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Monika is the German form of the name Monica, and comes from the Latin word meaning "adviser". It may originally been of Phoenician origin, having been the name of a Phoenician goddess.
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Monika Piel, German television announcer and moderator
Monika Meyer, German soccer player
Monika Sozanska, German fencing champion
Monika Mann, German author and daughter of Thomas Mann
Monika Hohlmeier, German politician
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"Summer With Monika", 1953 Ingmar Bergman film starring Harriet Andersson.