Kon: मोइर mo’ir

‘Peacock (Village)’ – Village

From Skt/Mar: mayūra, ‘peacock’.

The peacock suggests a connection with the Mauryan kingdom and an early Aryan settlement rather than simply the bird. The Western Maurya Kingdom (and its offshoot, the Konkan Mauryas) included parts of South Gujarat, coastal Maharashtra, Goa, and coastal Karnataka. 

Moira, in addition to large birds, is famous for its large Myndoli or Moira bananas, first introduced by Franciscan priests. Today, they are mostly grown other parts of Goa such as Bardez, Bicholim, and Pernem.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Goa place names.


Moira bananas at Moira market   joegoauk