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Meaning of Miriam

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The name Miriam has the following meaning:

An ancient Hebrew form of the name Mary, meaning "bitter".
It is a female name, suitable for baby girls.


As a baby girl name, Miriam is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 282 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Miriam fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 2 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 310 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Miriam in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Miriam is pronounced as mee-ree-um


Miriam originates from the Hebrew language.

See other suggested Hebrew girl baby names.

Related names

The following names are baby names related to Miriam and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Miriam: Boys - Abel, Ismael, Jaron, Javion, Rahsaan, Tobin, Girls - Alize, Anneliese, Bethel, Beulah, Iyana, Kaila, Kenia, Moriah, Noma, Sarahi, Shawna, Both genders - Ariel, Jason, Susan


Popular Variants for the name Miriam: Macia, Mairwen, Meriam, Meryam, Miram, Mirham, Miri, Miriain, Miriama, Miriame, Mirian, Mirit (Hebrew), Mirjam (Finnish), Mirjana, Mirriam, Mirrian, Miryam, Miryan, Mitzi, Mitzie, Miyana, Miyanna, Myriam


Common nicknames for the name Miriam are: Mira, Mimi, Miri


We think the name Miriam should fall under the following style category: Biblical.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Miriam to be: Soft spoken and refined lady

In one word, you might describe Miriam as a(n) "soft-spoken" person.

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Faces of



Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Miriam (or its variants) are:

Miriam Makeba, born on 4 March, a famous singer. Miriam Makeba's background: A Grammy Award-winning South African singer.

Miriam Louisa Rothschild, born on 5 August, a famous author. Miriam Louisa Rothschild's background: A British zoologist, entomologist and author.

Míriam Colón, born on 20 August, a famous actress. Míriam Colón's background: A Puerto Rican actress and the founder and director of the 'Puerto Rican Traveling Theater' in New York City.
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