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November 21st, 2012 07:08 PM #1Senior Member
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I have recently started to fall in love with the name Miriam, but I am confused by it's meaning. Nameberry lists the meaning as "wished-for child," yet it also says it is the oldest form of Mary. Nameberry lists Mary and pretty much all of it's variations as meaning "bitter." Why the difference in meaning, does anyone know?
Give me a one or two syllable middle name for Miriam, preferably with an English/Welsh/Irish/Scottish origin~ Mommy to Callum Rhys and Jack William ~
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November 21st, 2012 07:16 PM #3
I looked up the name on Wikipedia, and it says Miriam has various meanings, among those being "Rebellious", "wished-for child", "bitter", or "strong waters." I'm not sure why the difference in meaning, but according to this, it says the Hebrew meaning is unclear. It might be derived from an Egyptian name. It's really quite interesting.
I hope that helps!
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November 21st, 2012 07:30 PM #7Senior Member
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From French wikipedia (Sorry I'm too lazy to type this out because it's long but the translation is pretty accurate)
"Myriam* It was also suggested the etymology of the ancient Egyptian Miriam (Hebrew: "מִרְיָם" , Modern Hebrew "Miriam" , Tibèrien "Miriam" ⇒ meaning "wish child" , "bitter", "rebel", the Sanskrit मारयति [ mariati] "kill," or perhaps the origin of the ancient Egyptian "MRIT" (merit): "Loved" , the Egyptian "mry": "Love, love" , of "marah" in Hebrew : "sour" and ancient Hebrew "mar-yam" or the name derives from the ancient Egyptian " Mérytamon " or "Meryt-Amun" ⇒ "the Beloved of Amun ".
* this is the French spelling of Miriam.Josephine Athénaïs - Josephine Ivy - Myriam Athénaïs - Vivienne Josephine
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November 21st, 2012 07:33 PM #9Senior Member
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I trust behindthename more than any other source. If it's not on there, it's not a name to me.Loving: Lilith Delphine, Daphne Elisabeth, Eleanor Lilac and my GP Amaryllis Clio
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