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What does Elmira mean?

Elmira Pronunciation of Elmira [elmi-ra] as a girls' name is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Elmira is "princess". From amirah. May also be a short form of Edelmira, a Spanish feminine form of the German name Adelmar meaning "noble, famous". Also possibly a feminine form of Elmer. The city of Elmira is supposedly named after Elmira Teal, the daughter of the tavern owner where a meeting was held to discuss a new name for the city in 1828. See also Almera.

Associated with: arabic, princess, noble.


Elmira has 19 variants: Allmeera, Allmera, Almeria, Almira, Almyra, Ellmeera, Ellmera, Ellmeria, Elmeeria, Elmera, Elmeria, Elmerya, Elmyrah, Meera, Mera, Mira, Mirah, Myra and Myrah.

6 more relations via Almera: Almeera, Almirah, Almire, Edelmira, Elmeera and Elmyra.

Creative forms:
(female) Eimira, Emmira, ..

(male) Elmien, Elmier, ..

Middle name pairings:
Elmira Kaelynn (E.K.), ..

How popular is Elmira?

Elmira is a very prominent first name for women (#1980 out of 4276, Top 46%) but an unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Elmira was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #457 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elmira name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elmira outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Almira, Almyra, Elmer, Elmyra, Meera (#1293 in 2015), Mira (#586) and Myra (#597) are the prominent alternative forms of Elmira. Adoption of these relations of Elmira was at its most widespread during 1880-1889 (average #1208) and is somewhat less today (#1559, 36%), with versions like Myra becoming less in vogue. Myra has generally been a favorite of parents, though Mira is now more frequently used.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elmira, Almira, Almyra, Elmer, Elmyra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Meera, Mira, Myra in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mira outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Almida, Almina, Almita, Alvira, Amira, Delmira, Edira, Eira, Elaina, Eldora, Eleisa, Elenora, Eleora, Elgiva, Elia, Elida, Elika, Elina, Eliora, Elisa, Elita, Eliza, Ellia, Ellina, Elliora, Ellita, Elliza, Ellura, Ellvira, Elma, Elmena, Elmina, Elnora, Eloisa, Elora, Elpida, Elrica, Elvera, Elvia, Elvina, Elvira, Elvire, Elvyra, Elwira, Elzina, Emera, Emila, Emina, Ermina, Palmira, Samira, Semira and Temira. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elmira.

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