Moira: Meaning and Origin

The first origin of the name Moira is stemmed from the Greek word for ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’. In Greek mythology the name Moira refers to the three fates named Moirae, which is the plural of Moira. In the mythological tales it is said that these three women were the determiners of one’s destiny in life.
The Hebrew origin of the name Moira stems for the name Mary. Also thought to be the English spelling for “Moire”, this was the title used for the Virgin Mary. In Scotland, England and Ireland the meaning of the name Moira is ‘bitter’ or ‘uncertain’.


Moira is an unusual girls name and it’s use modestly peaked in the 1960’s. It is not commonly used in baby names. Never a popular name in the US, this name has been more popular in Canada and Belgium. According to Scottish Government statistics Moira is not in the 100 most popular baby girl’s name in 2012.

Famous People

Famous people with this name include:

  • Moira Kelly (actress)
  • Moira Crone (author)
  • Moira Stuart (news reader)
  • Moira Shearer (ballet dancer)
  • Moria Anderson (Scottish singer)

Useful Resources

  1. See our comprehensive list of Scottish Girl’s names

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