Monica (given name)
|Meaning||unique, to advise, alone, nun, solitary|
|Related names||Monika, Monique, Mona|
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Monica is a female given name with many variant forms, including Mónica (Spanish and European Portuguese), Mônica (Brazilian Portuguese), Monique (French), Monicka, Monika, Moniqua, Monike, Mónika, Monnica, Moneca, Moneeca, Monca, Monk, Mon, Mo, Moe, Moni, Monia, Mona, Monita, and Monet.
Monica is an ancient name of North African origin (now Algeria) whose etymology is unknown. The earliest reference to the name is found in ancient Numidian inscriptions. The name might include a reference to the ancient Libyan god Mon. Saint Augustine's mother was named Monica, and she was born in Numidia, North Africa, although she also was a citizen of Carthage, hence the possibility it may be of Punic origin. It has also been associated with the Greek word monos, meaning "alone".
In the United States, the name's popularity reached a peak in 1977 when it was the 39th most popular female name for new births. The popularity has gradually waned since then, being 76th most popular in 1990, and 363rd in 2010.
In the European tradition of name day celebration, the date for the name Monica or Monika varies from country to country. In Hungary it is 4 May, as it is in Sweden. In Slovakia it is 7 May, and in the Czech Republic it is celebrated on 21 May. In Poland it is celebrated on 27 August and 4 May. In Latvia it is celebrated on 6 October and in Greece on 15 June.
Notable people named Monica
- Monica Ali (born 1967), British author
- Monica Arnold (born 1980), American singer, professionally known as "Monica"
- Monica Aspelund (born 1946), Finnish singer
- Monica Bandini (born 1964), Italian road racing cyclist
- Monica Bellucci (born 1964), Italian actress
- Monica Birwinyo (born 1990), Ugandan actress
- Monica Brant (born 1970), American fitness/figure competitor and model
- Mónica Cruz (born 1977), Spanish actress
- Monica Dickens (1915–1992), British author of books for adults and children
- Monica Edwards (1912–1998), British children's author
- Mónica Falcioni (born 1968), Uruguayan long and triple jumper
- Monica Goodling (born 1973), former Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice
- Monica Horan (born 1963), American actress
- Monica of Hippo (322–387), Numidian saint, the mother of Saint Augustine
- Monica Iozzi (born 1981), Brazilian actress and reporter.
- Monica Keena (born 1979), American actress
- Monica Lewinsky (born 1973), former White House intern who had an affair with U.S. President Bill Clinton
- Mónica López, Argentine politician
- Monica May (born 1984), American actress
- Monica Naisen (died 1626), Japanese Roman Catholic martyr beatified in 1867
- Mónica Naranjo (born 1974), Spanish singer
- Monica Niculescu (born 1987), Romanian tennis player
- Mónica Pont (born 1969), Spanish long-distance runner
- Monica Potter (born 1971), American actress
- Monica Raymund (born 1986), American actress
- Mónica Regonesi (born 1961), Chilean long-distance runner
- Monica Rial, American voice actress and ADR director
- Mônica Rodrigues (born 1967), Brazilian volleyball player
- Monica Seles (born 1973), American-Serbian tennis player
- Mónica Vergara (born 1983), Mexican female footballer
- Monica Vitti (born 1931), Italian actress
- Monica Yunus (born 1979), Bangladeshi-Russian-American opera singer
- Monica Zetterlund (1937–2005), Swedish singer and actresss
Fictional characters named Monica
- Monica the angel in the TV show Touched by an Angel
- Monica (Monica's Gang), the lead character from the Brazilian comic book Monica's Gang
- Monica Geller, fictional character from the TV show Friends
- Monica Raybrandt, female protagonist character of the video game Dark Chronicle
- Monica Quartermaine in American soap opera General Hospital
- Monica Thorne in Trollope's 1858 novel Doctor Thorne
- Norman, Teresa (2003). A World of Baby Names. Perigee. p. 213. ISBN 0-399-52894-6.
- Room, Adrian (2002). Cassell's Dictionary of First Names. Sterling Publishing. p. 467. ISBN 0-304-36226-3.
- "Popular Baby Names", United States Social Security Administration, search term: "Monica". Retrieved 2011-07-21.
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