Mia (given name)

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Pronunciation /ˈm.ə/ MY
/ˈm.ə/ MEE

Mia is a name, originating as a hypocoristic of various unrelated names.

It is usually derived from the name Maria and its variants (Miriam, Maryam, Mary), but it is reportedly also used as a hypocoristic of names such as Amalia,[citation needed] Amelia,[citation needed] Emilia[citation needed], Emily or Maya.[citation needed]

The name has been popularly associated with the Italian word mia, meaning "mine",[citation needed] and also recognized as a derivation from the Slavic word mila, meaning "dear, darling".[citation needed]


Long in use as a hypocoristic, Mia is recorded as an officially given name in the United States in the 1960s, and it rose to popularity in the 1990s to 2010s, from rank 316 in 1994 to rank 30 in 2004 and further to rank 6 in 2013–2015.[1] Similarly, it reached rank 7 in Australia as of 2013.[2]

Notable individuals[edit]

Given name[edit]


  • Mia Farrow (María), American actress
  • Mia Hamm (Mariel Margaret), American soccer (football) player
  • Mia Rose (Maria), British-Portuguese singer
  • Mia Matthes (Mariette, 1920–2010), Canadian photographer
  • Mia Aegerter (Myriam), Swiss pop singer and actor


  • Mia Khalifa, Lebanese pornographic actress
  • Mia Martini, pseudonym of Domenica Berté, Italian singer
  • Mia (singer), Lithuanian singer and television presenter
  • Mia Murano (未亜), Japanese model and actress
  • Mia X, American rapper, singer-songwriter and actress

Fictional characters[edit]


  1. ^ behindthename.com
  2. ^ "Australia's 100 most popular baby names". Kidspot. April 2, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-10.