ocean, sea, wide expanse of water
This beautiful gender-neutral name is a favorite in many Polynesian places like Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand. It has a gentle mellifluous sound that’s pronounced “moh-AH-nah” and means “ocean, sea, wide expanse of water” in most Polynesian languages. In 2016, the Disney movie “Moana” introduced many US parents to this exotic name, which they happily gave to their own little princesses.
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Besides being an entertaining movie, “Moana” stands out from other Disney films because it’s the first one that features a Polynesian princess—and she doesn’t get captured or fall in love. The plot revolves around Moana, the teen daughter of a Polynesian tribal chief, who goes on a quest to find a legendary island. During her dangerous adventure, Moana proves she has enough courage, faith and strength to take on the world—a wish all parents have for their daughters.
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