What does Moriah mean?
Moriah \m(o)-riah\ as a girls' name is pronounced moh-RYE-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Moriah is "the hill country". Also possibly "the Lord is my teacher". Biblical: The land of Moriah mentioned was a mountainous region. It is believed Abraham was directed there by God to sacrifice Isaac. God intervened, a ram was provided and Isaac was saved. Moriah is thus associated with divine providence, and known as "land of the vision". May also be used as a variant of Maria or Mary.
Moriah▼ has 28 more different forms via Maria, Mary: Malia, Mara, Maria, Mariah, Mariam, Marian▼, Mariana, Mariann▼, Marice, Marie▼, Mariel▼, Marika, Marin, Marion▼, Marita, Marja, Marjan, Marla▼, Marya, Mayria, Meriel, Miriam, Moira, Moire, Morag, Moya, Murial and Muriel▼.
Moriah is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#3356 out of 4276, Top 78%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Moriah for girls. Moriah entered the list in 1990 and reached its peak rank of #478 in the U.S. in the year 1992, and is currently at #977. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Malia (#345 the previous year), Mara (#695), Maria (#115), Mariah (#136), Mariam (#568), Marian, Mariana (#331), Mariann, Marie (#579), Mariel, Marin, Marion, Marita, Marla, Mary (#120), Miriam (#305), Moira and Muriel are the popular related forms of Moriah (#977 the previous year). These girl names were at the top of their popularity during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.3627%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3068%, down 15.4%), with versions like Marie, Mariel, Marla, Moriah and Muriel falling out of fashion. The most trendy girl names among these are Malia (#345), Mara (#695), Mariah (#136), Mariam (#568) and Mariana (#331), with Mariah and Mariana having a rebound in usage. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Moriah and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)