Hebrew, Arabic, Iranian
"drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"

Maryam Origin and Meaning

The name Maryam is a girl's name of Arabic, Greek, Iranian origin meaning "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved".

As Mary falls further out of favor, her variations become more appealing, whether you're honoring an ancestral Mary or Marie or Miriam or simply love the tradition of the name.

The meaning of Maryam 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).

The Arabic Maryam may often be misunderstood as the more familiar Miriam, which it sounds like, but it's a beautiful variation worth considering despite the possibility of confusion. Maryam is also a flower name in Iran.

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Famous People Named Maryam

  • Maryam d'AboEnglish actress
  • Maryam Jinnahthe "Flower of Bombay," Indian wife of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah
  • Maryam NawazPakistani politician; daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
  • Maryam MirzakhaniIranian mathematician; first woman awarded the Fields Medal
  • Maryam Yusuf JamalBahraini Olympic runner

Maryam in Pop Culture

  • Kanaya Maryamtroll in web series "Homestuck"
  • Maryam Misrahicharacter from Virgins of paradise, by Barbara Wood

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