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Gender: Female Meaning of Miriam: "wished-for child" Origin of Miriam: Hebrew Miriam's Popularity in 2017: #285

The name Miriam is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "wished-for child". Miriam is ranked #285 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Middle name for a First name!".

From the experts:

The oldest-known form of Mary, serious and solemn Miriam has been a particular favorite of observant Jewish parents. But we can see it extending beyond that sphere into the next wave of Old Testament names post-Rachel, Rebecca, Sarah, Hannah, and Leah.

In the Old Testament, Miriam appears in Exodus as the older sister of Moses and Aaron, a prophetess who led the triumphal song and dance after the crossing of the Red Sea and deliverance of the Israelites from the Egyptians. Miriam is the Old Testament form of the Hebrew Maryam.

Miriam is an artistic character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Marble Faun and in Henry James's The Tragic Muse, Miriam Rooth is a talented young half-Jewish actress, Miriam Leviers is a farm girl in D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, and Miriam is the eponymous central character of a haunting Truman Capote short story.

One notable namesake is South African singer Miriam Makeba. More relaxed nicknames: Miri, Mira, and Mimi.

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Famous People Named Miriam

Miriam, Biblical sister of Moses
(Ellen) Miriam Hopkins, American actress
(Zenzile) Miriam Makeba, South African singer and activist
Miriam Margolyes, English-Australian actress
Miriam Stoppard, English medical writer
Miriam Oremans, Dutch tennis player
Miriam Leslie (born Miriam Florence Folline), American publisher and author
Miriam Katherine McDonald, Canadian actress
Miriam Arlene Stockley, South African-British singer
Miriam Lau (Kin-yee), Hong Kong politician
Miriam Yeung (Chin-wah), Hong Kong actress and singer
Miriam "Mira" Weinstein, mother of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein; half of the namesake for his production company Miramax
Miriam Melanie Bryant, Swedish-Finnish singer-songwriter
Miriam O'Callaghan, Irish TV and radio broadcaster
Miriam Weeks aka Belle Knox, American adult film actress and student
Miriam Blennerhassett, member of the Irish music group Anuna

Pop Culture References for the name Miriam

Miriam Forcible, a retired actress in "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman
Miriam "Miri" Linkey in film "Zack & Miri Make a Porno"
Miriam Pataki, Helga's mother on the series "Hey Arnold!"
Miriam Pelham, character in Miriam's Well by Lois Ruby
Miriam Fisher, character in "Freak" by Marcella Pixley
Miriam Miller, main character in "Miriam" by Truman Capote
Miriam Blaylock, character in 1983 film "The Hunger"
Miriam bat Mordecai in The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence
Miriam Leveirs in D.H. Lawrence's "Sons and Lovers"
"Miriam," Finnish film and its main character
Miriam, main character in H. Rider Haggard's, Pearl Maiden
Miriam Reinoso, main character and antagonist of the Argentinian teen series "Caídos del Mapa"
MIRIAM, English Vocaloid
Miriam 'Miri' Ammerman, protagonist in Judy Blume's novel In The Unlikely Event
Miriam "Mim" Possible, great-great-aunt of Kim Possible on "Kim Possible"
Miriam Kent, character on TV's "H2O: Just Add Water"
Miriam Beaks, a character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "Harvey Beaks"

Miriam's International Variations

Mariam, Miri, Mirit (Hebrew/Israeli) Mirjam (Finnish) Mimi (French) Maryam (Arabic)