"sweet-smelling oil"

Myra Origin and Meaning

The name Myra is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "sweet-smelling oil".

As with many grandmother-y names, this choice may be coming back into style.

Myra was invented in the seventeenth century by a poet called Fulke Greville as a short form of Miranda--or perhaps an anagram of Mary-- and it quickly caught on with other poets and romantic novelists, particularly popular with the Scots. There were leading characters named Myra in Sinclair Lewis's novel Babbitt and in Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy. Later it was the name of the central character in Gore Vidal's 1968 Myra Breckinridge, and plays a minor role in the Divergent. trilogy.

Myra was as high as Number 158 in the 1880s. A notable namesake is the great pianist, Dame Myra Hess.

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Famous People Named Myra

  • (Julia) Myra HessEnglish pianist
  • Myra Nathalie Hiatt KraftAmerican philanthropist
  • Myra Ellen "Tori" AmosAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Myra Maybelle Shirleybirth name of American Western outlaw Belle Starr
  • Myra Colby BradwellAmerican lawyer, publisher and activist
  • Myra Taylor (born Myra Jardine Render)American R&B singer
  • Myra MacPhersonAmerican historian and author
  • Myra SobleRussian spy
  • Myra (born Mayra Caról Ambriz Quintana)American pop singer
  • Myra M. BennettCanadian pioneering nurse
  • Myra Ellen Robinson CrownoverAmerican politician from Texas
  • Florence Myra Zamparellidaughter of Jennifer Maguire & Lauterio Zamparelli

Myra in Pop Culture

  • Myra Breckinridgemain character of Gore Vidal's gender,bending satirical novel
  • Myra Driscoll Henshawecharacter in Willa Cather's "My Mortal Enemy" (1926)
  • Myra HopeAshburn, wealthy friend to Dr. Gwyneth Cornwell in "The Widow" (1957) by Francis King
  • Myra Celestina Philomena Portia McQueencharacter on British soap "Hollyoaks"
  • Myra Monkhousegirlfriend to Steve Urkel on TV's "Family Matters"
  • Myraminor character on TV's "Suits"
  • Myraminor character in the Divergent series
  • Myra1964 song by The Seekers
  • Myra Hanson Castellanoscharacter in the video game series "The Evil Within"

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