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Gender: Female Pronunciation: MY-rah Meaning of Myra: "sweet-smelling oil" Origin of Myra: Greek Myra's Popularity in 2017: #509

The name Myra is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "sweet-smelling oil". Myra is ranked #509 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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 Hess, English pianist
Myra Nathalie Hiatt Kraft, American philanthropist
Myra Ellen "Tori" Amos, American singer-songwriter
Myra Maybelle Shirley, birth name of American Western outlaw Belle Starr
Myra Colby Bradwell, American lawyer, publisher and activist
Myra Taylor (born Myra Jardine Render), American R&B singer
Myra MacPherson, American historian and author
Myra Soble, Russian spy
Myra (born Mayra Caról Ambriz Quintana), American pop singer
Myra M. Bennett, Canadian pioneering nurse
Myra Ellen Robinson Crownover, American politician from Texas
Florence Myra Zamparelli, daughter of Jennifer Maguire & Lauterio Zamparelli

Pop Culture References for the name Myra

Myra Breckinridge, main character of Gore Vidal's gender-bending satirical novel
Myra Driscoll Henshawe, character in Willa Cather's "My Mortal Enemy" (1926)
Myra Hope-Ashburn, wealthy friend to Dr. Gwyneth Cornwell in "The Widow" (1957) by Francis King
Myra Celestina Philomena Portia McQueen, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Myra Monkhouse, girlfriend to Steve Urkel on TV's "Family Matters"
Myra, minor character on TV's "Suits"
Myra, minor character in the Divergent series
Myra, 1964 song by The Seekers
Myra Hanson Castellanos, character in the video game series "The Evil Within"

Maira, Myria, Mayra, Myrena, Myree, Mira


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.