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▼.Kreatif forms: Miriamma, Miriammy. [more]
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)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Miriam for girls. Miriam reached its apex rank of #150 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #305 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Miriam and related names. Malia (#345 2 years ago), Mara (#695), Maria (#115), Mariam (#568), Marian, Mariana (#331), Mariann, Marianne, Marie (#579), Mariel, Marin, Marion, Marita, Marla, Mary (#120), Maryam (#597), Mimi, Mitzi, Moira, Muriel and Myriam are the prominent varying forms of Miriam (#305 2 years ago) ranked in the Top 1000. These forms of Miriam were favored by parents during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.3874%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.243%, ▼37.3%). Mary has been the most prevalent, while Malia has become trendy as well, and Marla has become less popular. (2014 Birth Statistics)