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Gender: female
Pronunciation: MOY-ruh, MAUR-uh
Meaning: fate, bitter
Related Names: Maire, Mara, Marie, Mary, Maura, Mayra, Moire, Moyra, Myra

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if female

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Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: moira Origin: Greek,, Meaning (no case): fate, bitter




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ORIGIN AND HISTORY

The name Moira has two alternate histories. From the classical world, the name Moira stems from the Greek word for fate, also meaning 'doom', 'destiny' and 'lot'. This route traces the name from antiquity to being a modern name. [1]

Alternatively, Moira can be seen as a form of Mary. In this historical line of the name, the name came from Marie to Mary and Moira is a form of them both. This is an etymology stemming from the British Isles instead of from classical antiquity. In Scotland, Ireland and England, the name Moira is said to mean 'bitter'. [1]

POPULARITY

Moira has only once made it onto the list of the top 1000 female given names in the US. In the decade from 1960 to 1969, the name Moira was ranked as the 967th most popular female given name in the US. Though this is the decade it made it onto the charts of popular given names, 967th is not exactly a stellar score. [1]

There are two countries on record where the name Moira is more popular than it is in the US. In Canada, the name ranked as the 537th most popular female given name of 1999. In Belgium, the name was 556th most popular female given name in 2002. [1]

FACTS

The Ukraine celebrates a name day for the name Moira on October 31st of each year.

In Greek Mythology, Moira is the name used to refer to the three fates. Actually, they are named the Moirae (or Moerae), which is the plural of Moira. The three fates were said to be the determiners of the lot that each person got in life, and old Greek mythology claims that the Moirae arrived three days after the birth of a child in order to determine the fate that would be bestowed upon the child for the rest of the child's life. References to these mythical goddesses can be found in classical works such as Homer's Iliad. [1]

NAMESAKES

Moira can refer to many places in the English-speaking world, but it can also refer to a place in Achaea, Greece, and a place in Goa, India:

  • Moira, New York, USA
  • Moira River, Ontario, Canada
  • Moira, Leicestershire, England
  • Moira, Northern Ireland
  • Moira, Achaea, Greece
  • Moira, New South Wales, Australia
  • Shire of Moira, Victoria, Australia
  • Moira, Goa, India

FAMOUS PERSONS


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Author: Rachel Hanson

NOTES

Facts about MoiraRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 5  +
Meaning fate, bitter  +
Meaningnc fate, bitter  +
Name moira  +
Origin Greek  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation MOY-ruh, MAUR-uh  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Maire  +, Mara  +, Marie  +, Mary  +, Maura  +, Mayra  +, Moire  +, Moyra  +, and Myra  +
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