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What does Myra mean?

Myra Pronunciation of Myra [myra] as a girls' name is pronounced MYE-rah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Myra is "myrrh". Feminine of Myron. A poetic and literary invention in the 17th century, and used as a given name since the 19th century. See also Mayra and Moira. Author Maira Kalman.

Associated with: greek, literary, 17th century, 19th century.


Myra has 5 variants: Maira, Mira, Myrah, Myree and Myriah.

Related girl names: Myrella, Omyra, Almera, Elmira and Miranda.

5 more alternative forms via Maira, Mayra, Moira: Maire, Mairi, Moira, Moire and Moyra.

Creative forms:
(female) Myrat, Myrra, ..

(male) Myrae, Myray, ..

Middle name pairings:
Myra Juniper (M.J.), ..

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)

Myra entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #193 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #597. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Elmira, Maira, Mayra (#1275 from recent data), Mira (#586), Miranda (#278), Moira (#1645) and Myriah are the prominent variation forms of Myra (#597 from recent data). Other forms, like Moyra, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Myra was at its peak in the year 1995 (adoption of 0.4%) and is now much diminished (adoption 0.1%, 69%), with versions like Mayra becoming less in vogue. Mira is the most chic baby name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Myra, Elmira, Maira, Mayra, Mira in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Miranda, Moira, Myriah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mira, Miranda outside U.S.

Similar Names

Myra is pronounced similarly to Maery, Mahra, Mara, Marah, Maree, Mari, Maria, Mariah, Marie, Marra, Mary, Marya, Maura, Meara, Meerah, Meira, Mera, Merah, Merry, Mirah, Miri, Morah, Moraia, Moria and Moriah. Other recommended names are Afra, Amyra, Aura, Azra, Bara, Cira, Cyra, Eira, Kera, Kyra, Lara, Lyra, Madra, Mare, Marja, Marla, Mart, Marta, Marva, Mata, Mavra, Maya, Maysa, Mea, Merna, Meyta, Mika, Mila, Mima, Mina, Miran, Mirja, Mirna, Moja, Morag, Morna, Muna, Mya, Myka, Myla, Myrla, Myrna, Myrta, Ofra, Sera, Shyra, Tara, Tyra, Vera and Zayra. These names tend to be less commonly used than Myra.

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