Arabic variation of Mary
"drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"

Mariam Origin and Meaning

The name Mariam is a girl's name of Arabic, Hebrew/Israeli origin meaning "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved".

Popular among parents with Arab roots. Also found as Maryam.

Mary was ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Mariam. The original meaning of Mariam is uncertain, but theories include "drop of the sea" (from Hebrew roots mar "drop" and yam "sea"); "bitter" (from Hebrew marah "bitterness"); and "beloved" (from the Egyptian root mr).

# 535 in the US

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# 1286 on Nameberry

Mariam Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Mariam Popularity

Famous People Named Mariam

  • Mariamuz,Zamani, Empress consort of Akbar of the Mughal Empire
  • Mariam of VaspurakanQueen consort of George I of Georgia
  • Mariam TsitsishviliQueen consort of George XII of Georgia
  • Mariam DoumbiaMalian singer of duo Amadou & Mariam
  • Mariam Arshaki AslamazianArmenian painter
  • Mariam BaouardySyrian beatified nun
  • Mariam Aladji Boni DialloBeninese Foreign Minister
  • Mariam Mohamed Fakhr EddineEgyptian actress

Mariam in Pop Culture

  • Mariamcharacter in "A thousand splendid suns" by Khaled Hosseini
  • "The Tragedy of Mariamthe Fair Queen of Jewry," 1613 play by Elizabeth Tanfield Cary
  • Mariam Futapieone of the Three Heroes in the Evillious Chronicles