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  1. #1
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    Jun 2011

    Confused byMiriam

    I have recently started to fall in love with the name Miriam, but I am confused by it's meaning. Nameberry lists the meaning as "wished-for child," yet it also says it is the oldest form of Mary. Nameberry lists Mary and pretty much all of it's variations as meaning "bitter." Why the difference in meaning, does anyone know?

    Bonus question!
    Give me a one or two syllable middle name for Miriam, preferably with an English/Welsh/Irish/Scottish origin
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  2. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    United States
    I looked up the name on Wikipedia, and it says Miriam has various meanings, among those being "Rebellious", "wished-for child", "bitter", or "strong waters." I'm not sure why the difference in meaning, but according to this, it says the Hebrew meaning is unclear. It might be derived from an Egyptian name. It's really quite interesting.

    Miriam combos:
    Miriam Elspeth
    Miriam Aoife
    Miriam Alva
    Miriam Blaine
    Miriam Clodagh
    Miriam Eadaoine
    Miriam Fionla
    Miriam Alwyne
    Miriam Caitriona
    Miriam Greer
    Miriam Leith
    Miriam Nellina
    Miriam Bronwen
    Mirian Delyth
    Miriam Edwynna
    Miriam Guinevere
    Miriam Isolde
    Miriam Nerys

    I hope that helps!

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  3. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Miriam is the original Hebrew form of Mary. The actual meaning is unknown, but there are several theories. Behind the Name is a much better resource than Nameberry when it comes to looking up etymology and meaning.

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    From French wikipedia (Sorry I'm too lazy to type this out because it's long but the translation is pretty accurate)

    "Myriam* It was also suggested the etymology of the ancient Egyptian Miriam (Hebrew: "מִרְיָם" , Modern Hebrew "Miriam" , Tibèrien "Miriam" ⇒ meaning "wish child" , "bitter", "rebel", the Sanskrit मारयति [ mariati] "kill," or perhaps the origin of the ancient Egyptian "MRIT" (merit): "Loved" , the Egyptian "mry": "Love, love" , of "marah" in Hebrew : "sour" and ancient Hebrew "mar-yam" or the name derives from the ancient Egyptian " Mérytamon " or "Meryt-Amun" ⇒ "the Beloved of Amun ".

    * this is the French spelling of Miriam.
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  5. #9
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    Aug 2012
    I trust behindthename more than any other source. If it's not on there, it's not a name to me.
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