Myra

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Gender: F Pronunciation: MY-rah Meaning of Myra: "sweet-smelling oil" Origin of Myra: Greek Myra's Popularity in 2016: #556

As with many grandmother-y names, this choice may be coming back into style. It rose more than 300 spots between 2012 and 2016.

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; it now ranks at Number 556. A notable namesake is the great pianist, Dame Myra Hess.

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

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