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Thread: Mira or Myra?
April 14th, 2014 12:45 AM #1Junior Member
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Mira or Myra?
I was hoping you could help me settle a bit of a debate I'm having with my husband. If our second child is a girl we have settled on a name but can not seem to agree on the spelling. I prefer Mira, since it seems like the phoenetic way to spell it since we want the name to be pronounced "meer-a". I worry Myra would result in people calling her "MY-rah".
My husband was the one who originally found the name, which he would like to use to honour his grandmother Margaret. He found it while looking at a list of derivatives of Margaret online. Apparently Myra is sometimes used as an anglicized version of Mairead, the Gaelic form of Margaret. I also read on wikipedia that this spelling has distinctive meanings, all of which I like.
English meaning of the name Myra for a girl: poetic invention
Greek meaning of the name Myra for a girl: fragrant from myrrh, an aromatic shrub (I like this because our oldest is named Cassia, which is also a nature name with greek roots)
Latin meaning of the name Myra for a girl: variation of Miranda, admirable, extraordinary
So what do you think? I just find Mira to be more attractive and easier to pronounce. It also has the bonus that she would share her name with a giant red star - pretty cool if you ask me. I definitely see my husband's side though.
Thanks in advance for the advice!
April 14th, 2014 12:54 AM #3Senior Member
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April 14th, 2014 10:03 AM #5
April 14th, 2014 10:06 AM #7Senior Member
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Yes, Mira for the pronunciation you want. However, I do think you would sometimes get mere-a from Myrra spelled that way with two $s, which would strengthen the tie to myrrh. However, it looks sort of made up....and I think people would still often say Myra.
I do think if you name her Myra and pronounce it mere-a, you will be able to get people who know her to say it right, but people will always guess my-ra, and those who know may think poorly of your spelling / her knowledge of her own name.
April 14th, 2014 10:28 AM #9
To work best with the pronunciation you prefer, Mira is certainly the better option. Mira is so much prettier than Myra too in my opinion - much cleaner and stronger.
For me, Mira has a short i sound sounding very close to the word 'mirror', whereas Myra is without doubt MY-rah with a drawn out i/y sound (I think it would take quite a bit too to come to instinctively say MEER-ah upon seeing Myra too).