MOIRA: An Irish variation of Mary. This name is rarely used except by parents in Ireland or of Irish descent. Put her in a kelly-green stretchie and see how it suits her. Relatives: Maura, Moyra. Namesakes: Moira Shearer, Moira Hodgson.
MOLLY: A variation of Mary or Margaret. Molly has experienced a resurgence in the eighties and nineties. It evokes an image of gingham frocks and braided hair in bows. Relatives: Molli, Molley, Mollie. Namesakes: Molly Pitcher, Molly Ringwald.
MONA: Latin for "peaceful," Greek for "individual," Irish Gaelic for "noble one," and an Italian contraction of "my lady." This name is at home in many cultures. Namesake: Mona Freeman, Mona Lisa. Mona Simpson.
MONICA: From the Latin for "advice." Relatives: Monca, Mona, Monique. Namesakes: Saint Monica, Monique Van Vooren.
MONROE: Celtic place name for "mouth of the Roe River" and a clan name in Scotland meaning "wheelwright." This fine old Celtic name would look terrific on the door to the Oval Office. Relatives: Munroe, Munro, Monro. Namesakes: James Monroe, Marilyn Monroe, H. H. Munro (Saki).
MONTAGUE: French place name for "steep montain." A sturdy family name with a rich lineage. Relatives: Montagu, Montag, Monty, Monte. Namesakes: Ashley Montagu, Lord Montagu, "Romeo Montague."
MONTGOMERY: French place name and French for "mountain hunter." This one is loaded with snob appeal, but the nickname Monty softens it. Relatives: Monty, Monte. Namesakes: Montgomery Clift, Monty Hall, Monty Woolery, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert Montgomery.