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Moana is a baby girl’s name of Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian origin that means “deep ocean”, “sea”, or “wide expanse of water”. Moana is a traditionally popular Polynesian girl’s name. Moana became popular in the US after the 2016 Disney animated film of the same name.

Meaning of the name Moana:

Maori, Hawaiian, Tahitian: deep ocean, sea

Origin of the name Moana:

Moana is a Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian name that means “deep ocean, sea”. Moana has the same meaning in many other Polynesian languages. Moana is sometimes given as a masculine name but is more commonly feminine.

Symbolism of the name Moana:

Moana refers to an expansive area of water, typically an ocean or sea. Water is symbolic of emotions and creativity and the ocean especially relates to intense and deep feelings. The ocean hides great wells of feelings and potential that are not visible on the surface.

Style of the name Moana:


Gender of the name Moana:

Moana is a girl's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Moana:


Number of syllables in the name Moana:


Emotion evoked from the name Moana:

Moana evokes feelings of adventure and enthusiasm.

Alternative spellings for the name Moana:

Moanna, Moeanna, Mohana

Nicknames for the name Moana:

Popularity of the name Moana:

According to the Social Security Administration, Moana is a unique baby girl’s name. Moana has never appeared in the top 1000 baby names.

Related names for the name Moana:

Great middle names for the name Moana and their meanings:

  • Cora (maiden, pearl)
  • Zara (blooming flower, God remembers)
  • Everly (wild boar in woodland clearing)
  • Arden (valley of the eagle)
  • Lottie (free man)
  • Anahera (angel)
  • Remi (oarsman)
  • Ione (a violet-colored stone)
  • Cyra (sun or throne, lord)
  • Ruiha (renowned warrior)

Famous people with the name Moana:

  • Moana Rosa Pozzi (Italian actress)
  • Moana Maree Maniapoto (New Zealand singer)
  • Moana Carcasses Kalosilmale (Prime Minister of Vanuatu)
  • Moana Wolfgramm Feinga (American singer)

Moana in popular culture:

  • Moana (film, “Moana)
  • Moana (film, “Moana” by Robert Flaherty)