Gender: Female Pronunciation: MY-rah Meaning of Myra: "sweet-smelling oil" Origin of Myra: Greek Myra's Popularity in 2019: #536

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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Rank in US: #536

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Pop Culture References for the name Myra

Mira, Myrena, Mayra, Myria, Myree, Maira


Hero_Phoebus Says:


I have the same feeling. I love the sound of "Myra," but every time I hear the name, I can't help but think of the horrifying Myra Hindley. All of those documentaries kept me lying awake at night! Horrific.

gr8claire Says:


to me, that makes it even cuter.

Gulligapandan Says:


Swedish word for Ant, other than that it's a cute name

alliebelle Says:


I like Myra, and never really understood the "grandmother" association. It reminds me of Maya and Mira and Kyra, not typical "old lady names" like Wilma and Ethel and Maud.

Myosotis Says:


I live in the UK and I've known a few Myras who haven't had any problems. Although maybe it's less well known among younger generations (as in teenage and under) or more likely I just haven't noticed. I'm not a huge fan either way (I love Lyra so much more) but it's good to know the associations.

Liberty Bell Says:


A beautiful name, unfortunately in the UK, it's synonymous with Myra Hindley the Moors Murderess. So much so, that a Myra I knew, changed her name by deed poll due to constant remarks about her name.

lynn_wentworth Says:


Myra is pretty enough...but I would suggest using Mira (meer-rah) instead. Similar feeling, but much prettier sound.