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  1. #11
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    I love your taste in names. I have a DD named Miriam and I love it for many of the same reasons you do. Mira is a great nn or fn.

    Maura would be a great option as well. Levi and Maura definitely feel less biblical together if that is an issue for you.

    What about Mariam or Naomi?

    BTW Simon Reid is a fantastic combo as well.
    DD Miriam Elodie
    Fave girls: Delphine, Beatrice, Emmanuelle, Josephine, Claire, Vivianne
    Fave boys: Felix, Simon, Roman, Etienne, Arthur, Walter

  2. #13
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    Mira is our girl frontrunner. For many of the reasons you mentioned, plus people generally like it (I've polled it quite a bit). Short, simple, still somewhat unusual, and I agree that familiarity with Mira Sorveno will help people pronounce it correctly. I know some still think "My-ra" but in my mind that would be spelled Myra and Mira should obviously be MEER-a. Perhaps my favorite thing about Mira is that it is another name for Omicron Ceti, which is a very neat binary star system that varies in brightness throughout the year. A "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" themed nursery seems very appropriate And going stargazing for Mira with Mira would be fantastic.

    Downside: Mira means "Look!" in Spanish. Miriam is just not my style.

  3. #15
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    Love Miriam with the nickname Mira. I don't think you would have any pronunciation problems at all with Mira. It's a pretty well known name and I've never heard anyone pronounce it any other way except meer-ah. You could also use Miranda instead as another way to get to Mira if your husband won't go for Miriam. I also like Norah June so really, I don't think you can go wrong either way.

    Out of curiosity, what is the death association with Mara? I've never heard any, only that the name is another form of Mary.

  4. #17
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    @missv I do love Naomi as well! You obviously have goo taste in names. Does your Miriam go by any nicknames?

    @iamamiam I love the star association too. How cool!

    @pansy Appellation Mountain names seems to hit most the negative associations: Baby Name of the Day: Mara - Appellation Mountain Norse name for a goblin sent to torment sleepers. Mara was a demon in a Buddhist myth. In Slavic culture, she is goddess of death. Hindu goddess of death.
    Last edited by leimchugh; August 24th, 2013 at 08:20 AM.

  5. #19
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    We very occasionally use Miri or Mimi for our Miriam, but we mostly use her full name (she's still a toddler so this might change). I thought that I would use Mira more often, but it hasn't felt natural for us.

    You could also use Mia as a nn although it is fairly popular on its own.

    We have gotten quite a few compliments on our DD's name. The only negative comments where "oh that's a more traditional name" which doesn't bother me since we wanted something that was recognizable, but not too popular.

    I've actually met a few little girls named Miriam, Myriam and Mariam (as well as several gown women), but they were all either of French or Middle Eastern origin.
    DD Miriam Elodie
    Fave girls: Delphine, Beatrice, Emmanuelle, Josephine, Claire, Vivianne
    Fave boys: Felix, Simon, Roman, Etienne, Arthur, Walter

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