US Popularity:3614
Other Origin(s):Greek, Latin, Hebrew
Meaning:Star of the sea; Bitterness; Beloved; Wished for child; Moor; Dark-skinned
Maura is a girl’s name with Irish origins. The anglicized form of Máire, inspired by the Latin and Hebrew Mary, Maura adopts the meaning “star of the sea” from the title given to the Virgin Mary. Etymologically speaking, Mary derives from Miriam and means "bitterness," "beloved," and "wished for child." Maura is also considered the feminine form of Maurus, a Greek name that means "Moor" or "dark-skinned," which used to refer to those from Mauritania. The name Maura is easy on the tongue and has grown in popularity in recent years. Whether you want to pay homage to your Irish roots, honor your faith, or nod to African heritage, Maura is a gorgeous name for any future star.

Maura Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Maura is currently #1632 on The Bump
Girl:Maura is currently #1171 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Maura is currently #3614 in U.S. births
Girl:Maura is currently #1985 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 214
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
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