What does Miriam mean?
Miriam [miri-am] as a girls' name is pronounced MEER-ee-em. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Miriam is "star of the sea". From Miryam, an older version of the name Mary. Other possible meanings are "wished-for child", "rebellion" or "sea of bitterness". Biblical: the sister of Moses, who saved his life as a baby when she hid him in a basket among the rushes at the river's edge for the Pharoah's daughter to find. The name was revived in the 18th century. Singer Miriam Makeba.
Miriam has 22 more relations via Mary: Malia, Mara▲, Maria▼, Marian▼, Mariana, Mariann, Marice, Marie▼, Mariel, Marin, Marion▼, Marita, Marja, Marjan, Marla▼, Marya, Mayria, Meriel, Moira, Morag, Murial and Muriel▼.Creative forms:
(female) Mirima, Muriam, ..
(male) Mirima, Mirom, .. Middle name pairings:
Miriam Jailyn (M.J.), ..
How popular is Miriam?
Miriam is a very prominent first name for women (#285 out of 4276, Top 7%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Miriam reached its apex rank of #146 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #294 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Malia (#313 via latest list), Mara (#739), Maria (#109), Mariam (#563), Marian (#1104), Mariana (#296), Mariann, Marianne (#1985), Marie (#564), Mariel (#1839), Marin (#1471), Marion (#1527), Marita, Marla, Mary (#124), Maryam (#567), Meriam, Mimi, Mirian, Mitzi, Mitzie, Moira (#1645), Muriel and Myriam are the prominent varying forms of Miriam (#294 via latest list) ranked in the Top 2000. These forms of Miriam were favored by parents a century ago (adoption of 9.4%) and have become significantly less popular since (adoption 0.7%, ▼93%). Mary has been the most prevalent, though Mara has become trendy as well, while versions such as Mary are no longer trendy.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Eirian, Kiria, Kiriah, Mairin, Mariah, Marial, Mariane, Marien, Marina▼, Marine, Marinn, Marna, Marnia, Maryan, Meirna, Merial, Merna, Mira▲, Mirah, Miran, Mirana, Miri, Miriana, Mirka, Mirla, Mirna, Mirra, Mirta, Moria, Moriah, Morine, Morna, Muirna, Murna, Myriah, Myrna▼, Siria and Tirian. These names tend to be less commonly used than Miriam.See names in meaning and etymology.