What does Miranda mean?
Miranda /mi-ran-da/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced mer-ANN-dah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Miranda is "worthy of admiration". In Shakespeare's "The Tempest", Miranda is an innocent girl raised and educated on an isolated island by her magician father. Actress Miranda Richardson.
How popular is Miranda?
Miranda is a very prominent first name for women (#480 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#437 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Miranda for girls. Miranda reached its highest rank of #57 in the U.S. in 1995, and is at #238 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Amanda (#314 a year ago), Maranda, Mira (#613), Mireya, Myra (#638), Myranda, Randi and Randy are the prominent alternative forms of Miranda (#238 a year ago). These girl names reached the peak of their popularity in 1997 (usage of 0.4053%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.2441%, ▼39.8%), with versions like Amanda, Maranda, Mireya, Myranda and Randi falling out of fashion. Mira (#613) and Miranda (#238) are two of the more trendy baby names in this compilation, and there is also a rebound in baby name usage for Miranda. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Miranda and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)