Gender: Female Meaning of Maryam: "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved" Origin of Maryam: Arabic, Iranian and Hebrew Maryam's Popularity in 2019: #522

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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Rank in US: #522

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Ruanne Says:


The accent's on the second syllable, right?

Hawa Says:


I love this name especially since it's the name of the mother of Jesus

NaomiNY Says:


In one of my favorite anime, there's a country called Maryam.

Zelliew Says:


It sounds like a bad attempt at saying Miriam

RavenZimmi Says:


Marry a yam

flora_kate Says:


I just can't get past the "yam" on the end.