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|Related names||Monica, Ramona, Simona|
As a given name, Mona can have the following meanings and origins;
|Arabic||Variant transliteration of Muna (مُنى)||Wishes||Muna, Mouna||Female|
|Gaelic/Irish||Anglicized form of Muadhnait||Noble One||Monah, Monna, Monya||Female|
|Greek||Monos (μονος)||Solitary, One||Female|
|Ancient Italian||Contraction of the title Madonna||My lady ||Female|
|Miwok||Gathered of the seed of a jimson weed.||Male and Female|
|Persian||مونا||An adjective for God, derives from Mana, means who lasts forever||Female|
|Scottish||Female form of Tormod, derived from Norman||Northman, Viking ||Female|
In northern Europe, where the name is much more popular, Mona is interpreted as a diminutive of Monika or, rarely, of Ramona or Simona. It is sometimes associated with the title of Leonardo da Vinci's painting Mona Lisa, although in that context the word Mona is actually a title rather than a name. The word mona also means cute, monkey and doll in Spanish. In Sweden, Mona's name day is May 4.
- Mona Barthel (born 1990), German professional tennis player
- Mona Charen (born 1957), American columnist and political analyst
- Mona Eltahawy, Saudi activist
- Mona Fandey, Malaysian singer and murderer
- Mona Ghoneim (born 1955), Egyptian composer
- Mona Grudt (born 1971), former Miss Universe from Norway
- Mona Hanna-Attisha (born 1976), pediatrician, public health advocate and Flint Water Crisis whistleblower
- Mona Hatoum (born 1952), British artist of Palestinian origin
- Mona Hofland (1929–2010), Norwegian actress
- Mona Karim, Lebanese actress
- Mona Mahmudnizhad (1965-1983), Iranian teen executed for membership of the Bahá'í faith
- Mona Marshall (born 1947), American voice actress
- Mona Rai, final minister of Gour (Sylhet)
- Mona Sahlin (born 1957), Swedish politician
- Mona Siddiqui (born 1963), British Muslim academic
- Mona Simpson (born 1957), American novelist of Syrian and German descent
- Mona Tougaard (born 2002), Danish fashion model
- Mona von Bismarck (1897–1983) American socialite and fashion icon
- Mona Zaki, Egyptian actress
- Mona Bergeron, the main character in the 1985 French film Vagabond (Sans Toit ni Loi)
- Mona Dearly, played by Bette Midler in the 2000 film Drowning Mona
- Mona Mayfair in several novels by Anne Rice
- Mona McCluskey, main character in television sitcom of the same name
- Mona Melendy in Elizabeth Enright's children's book series "The Melendy Quartet"
- Mona Aamons Monzano in Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle
- Mona Mullins in the TV sitcoms Top of the Heap and Vinnie & Bobby
- Mona Parker, the main character in the animated television series Mona the Vampire and the book of the same name
- Mona Ramsey in the Tales of the City books by Armistead Maupin
- Mona Robinson, mother of Angela Bower in the television series Who's the Boss?
- Mona Sax in the Max Payne franchise
- Mona Simpson (The Simpsons), Homer Simpson's estranged mother
- Mona Stevens in the novel Landfall: A Channel Story by Nevil Shute and its film adaptation
- Mona Vanderwaal in the Pretty Little Liars novel series
- Mona, Ross Geller's girlfriend in the television series Friends, played by Bonnie Somerville
- Mona, a young prostitute in the novel Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
- Mona in the WarioWare series of video games
- Mona, a 2-year old green-skinned girl, main character in the YTV short series Nanalan'
- Mona Wilder, a shape-shifter in the TV adaptation of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
- Mona, an alchemist with green skin from the “Shovel Knight” video games
- Maria Mona Keijzer (born 1968), Dutch politician
- Monica Mona Mårtenson (1902-1956), Swedish film actress
- Simeona Mona Pasquil (born 1962), American politician
As a surname, Mona can have two origins. In Italian and Greek, it is a feminine form of Moni which is a short form of Simone, the Italian form of Simon. In Arabic countries, it is derived from the given name Muna, meaning " unreachable wishes". It is the plural form of the word Munia (مـُـنيه).
Notable people with the surname include:
- Domenico Mona (1550-1602), Italian late-Renaissance painter
- István Móna (1940-2010), Hungarian modern pentathlete and Olympic champion
- Khwezi Mona (born 1992), South African rugby union player
- "Mona". Behind the Name. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
- In Northern Italy (especially in Venetian) "mona" means "vulva" can be also used as an insult and curse-word.
- "Tormod - Meaning of the name". Babynamespedia.com. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
- "Name days for Mona". Behind the Name. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
- "Popularity for Mona". Behind the Name. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
- "The Mona Surname". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
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