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What does Moriah mean?

Moriah Pronunciation of Moriah [mo-ri-ah] 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.

Associated with: hill (mountain), biblical.


Moriah has 2 variants: Moraia and Moraiah.

28 more different relations 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.

Creative forms:
(female) Mory, Muriah, ..

(male) Morial, Moro, ..

Middle name pairings:
Moriah Jolie (M.J.), ..

How popular is Moriah?

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. Demographics)

Moriah entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #478 in the U.S. in the year 1992, and is currently at #976. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Malia (#313 from current records), Mara (#739), Maria (#109), Mariah (#155), Mariam (#563), Marian (#1104), Mariana (#296), Mariann, Marie (#564), Mariel (#1839), Marika, Marin (#1471), Marion (#1527), Marita, Marla, Mary (#124), Miriam (#294), Moira (#1645) and Muriel are the popular related forms of Moriah (#976 from current records). These forms of Moriah were at the top of their popularity 125 years ago (usage of 9.5%) and are now significantly less common (usage 0.8%, 92%), with versions like Marian becoming less fashionable. Mara and Mariam are two of the more chic baby names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Moriah, Malia, Mara, Maria, Mariah in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann, Marie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariel, Marika, Marin, Marion, Marita in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marla, Mary, Miriam, Moira, Muriel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria, Mariah, Mariam, Mary outside U.S.

Similar Names

Moriah is pronounced similarly to Marah, Mari, Marra, Meerah, Mera, Merah, Mira, Mirah, Miri, Mirra, Mora, Morah, Moria, Moyra, Myra, Myrah and Myriah. Other suggested similar names are Adriah, Ariah, Dorah, Doria, Dorian, Jorah, Kiriah, Lorah, Loria, Lorian, Maiah, Marial, Merial, Meriam, Miah, Mirian, Moia, Monah, Morgan, Morine, Morisa, Morna, Myriam, Norah, Sariah, Sofiah, Toria, Zariah, Zorah and Zorrah. These names tend to be less commonly used than Moriah.

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