What does Myra mean?
Myra /myra/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced MYE-rah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Myra is "myrrh".
How popular is Myra?
Myra is a very prominent first name for women (#385 out of 4276, Top 9%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#96033 out of 150436, Top 64%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Myra for girls. Myra entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #193 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #638. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Elmira, Maira, Mayra, Mira (#613 last year), Miranda (#238) and Moira are the prominent variation forms of Myra (#638 last year). Forms like Moyra are uncommon. Usage of these girl names was at its peak in the year 1991 (usage of 0.3171%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.2159%, ▼31.9%), with the versions Elmira, Maira, Mayra and Myra becoming less in vogue. Mira (#613) and Miranda (#238) are two of the more chic baby names here, with Miranda having a revival in usage. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Myra and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Myra▼ is pronounced similarly to Mahra, Mara▲, Marah, Mari▼, Maria, Marra, Mary, Marya, Maura▼, Mayria, Meara, Meera, Meira, Mera, Merah, Mirah, Miri, Mirra, Mora, Morah and Moria. Other recommended similar baby names are Cyra, Kyra▲, Lyra, Mare, Mya▲, Myka, Myla▲, Myrla, Myrna▼, Myrta▼ and Tyra▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Myra.