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Gender: Female Meaning of Mariam: "bitter" Origin of Mariam: Arabic variation of Mary Mariam's Popularity in 2017: #553

The name Mariam is a girl's name of Arabic, Hebrew/Israeli origin meaning "bitter". Mariam is ranked #553 on our popularity charts and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That?------------girls!".

From the experts:

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

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Famous People Named Mariam

Mariam-uz-Zamani, Empress consort of Akbar of the Mughal Empire
Mariam of Vaspurakan, Queen consort of George I of Georgia
Mariam Tsitsishvili, Queen consort of George XII of Georgia
Mariam Doumbia, Malian singer of duo Amadou & Mariam
Mariam Arshaki Aslamazian, Armenian painter
Mariam Baouardy, Syrian beatified nun
Mariam Aladji Boni Diallo, Beninese Foreign Minister
Mariam Mohamed Fakhr Eddine, Egyptian actress

Pop Culture References for the name Mariam

Mariam, character in "A thousand splendid suns" by Khaled Hosseini
"The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry," 1613 play by Elizabeth Tanfield Cary
Mariam Futapie, one of the Three Heroes in the Evillious Chronicles



Milagros Jimenez Says:


Can someone please tell Nameberry to please stop saying Mary and it's variants mean bitter? The name means beloved, as stated in Baby Center. It's like they dislike the name and want to turn everyone off it.

morning_glory Says:


This is so beautiful! It sounds so exotic and feminine.