- Damiana (dah-mee-AH-nah, Italian)--feminine form of Damian
- Demetria (de-MEE-tree-ah, Greek)
- Efimia (eh-FEE-mee-ah, Greek)--"speaks well". Modern form of Euphemia.
- Miela (mee-EL-ah, Esperanto)
- Milena (mee-LEH-nah, Czech, Italian, Polish, Russian)
- Millaray (mee-ah-RYE, Spanish)--from Mapuche, "golden flower"
- Miranda (meer-AN-dah, English)--"wonderful"
- Mireia (mee-RAY-ah, Catalan)
- Miriam (MEE-ree-am, Hebrew)--original form of Mary
- Miruna (mee-ROO-nah, Romanian)
- Miyako (mee-yah-koh, Japanese)--"beautiful night child"
- Noemia (no-EHM-ee-ah, Portuguese)--form of Naomi
- Salomea (sah-lom-EE-ah, Polish)--"peace"
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Usual Nickname, Unexpected Name--Mia
Mia. At just three letters, it's easily the shortest female name in common usage today. That's probably why, despite it's overwhelming world-wide popularity, it still feels incomplete to many an expectant parent. Originally, Mia was a nickname for Maria, but in modern English (when not used by itself) it's more likely a nickname for the fast-on-the-comeback Amelia.