Meaning: Bitter; drop of the sea; mine
Origin: Scandanavian; Italian
Alternate spellings: Mea, Miya, Miah
Oh, mamma mia! Don’t worry, your daughter Mia’s not destined to be a teen mom…it’s an Italian interjection, their version of “Good golly!” Mia has roots in a couple different origins. It comes from the Mary family of names and means “bitter,” or “drop of the sea” and it’s also Italian for “mine.” Mia hit the charts for the first time in 1964; Mia Farrow was probably to thank for the name’s popularity at this time. It stuck in the middle of the pack for the next few decades and then started to gain ground in the late 1990s. Look for this name to stay near the top of the charts in the near future. Mia is short and sweet and parents have fallen in love with it.
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