Moa

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Swedish
SWE (MOO-wah); Eng (MOH-ah)

Liking Noa on a girl, but fear she might be mistaken for a boy? Then you might like this Swedish alternative.

Moa is a contraction of the old Norse feminine name, Lillemor, which is composed of the elements, lille, meaning, “small” and mor, meaning, “mother” hence, “little mother.”

For a long time, Moa exclusively a diminutive form, but in recent years, its popularity as an independent name has replaced its formal counterpart, which in Sweden, is now considered a dated old granny name, while Moa is currently very trendy. She is the 21st most popular female name in Sweden’s top 100 list of 2008.

The name was borne by Moa Martinsson, (whose real name was Helga Maria Svarz; Moa was her nickname). A famous socialist novalist whose books focused on working class life in Sweden.

The Swedish pronunciation is rather hard to render, the first part isn’t necessarily like the sound the cow makes, its like the O in home but is very stretched out with a slight W sound at the end, I hope that isn’t too confusing. If its easier, it kinda rhymes with Noa.

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