Monroe: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Monroe

Monroe

Pronunciation: mahn-ROH (key)

Origin of the name Monroe:

Transferred use of the surname derived from the Gaelic elements moine (a morass, a marsh) and ruadh (red): hence, “dweller at the red morass.” Var: Monroe, Munroe.

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Comments and insights on the name Monroe: | Edit

A beautiful variation is Monreau.

Personal experiences with the name Monroe: | Edit

My daughter's name is Monroe. We chose it in honor of my father, whose middle name is Monroe. It is a bit unconventional for a girl, but with the popularity of Madison and other "presidential last names" we felt it would be one of those names that sounded odd at first and then quickly felt right as you got used to it.

My baby's middle name is Monroe. It was actually a play on X-Men. My husband named her Aurora Monroe. As for the play on X-men it was Storm who's real name was Ororo Munroe in the series :)

Nicknames for Monroe: | Edit

Roe

Meanings and history of the name Monroe: | Edit

From a Scottish surname meaning "the mouth of the Roe" in Gaelic. The Roe is a river in Ireland.

Famous real-life people named Monroe: | Edit

Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962, born Norma Jeane Mortenson), American actress, singer, and model
James Monroe (1758-1831) American president
Monroe Cannon, daughter of singer Mariah Carey and actor/host Nick Cannon, and twin sister of Moroccan Cannon

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