Names.org

Tip: Try the names of friends, pets, celebrities, and fictional characters

First Name
106k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
<100
in the U.S.
in 2010

Miriam

Girls
Boys
First
Last
Similar Names
Nicknames and Given Names for Miriam

How popular is the baby name Miriam in the U.S.?

Click Here to Show Chart Data
Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 28 28 0
1881 27 27 0
1882 40 40 0
1883 34 34 0
1884 45 45 0
1885 42 42 0
1886 56 56 0
1887 46 46 0
1888 64 64 0
1889 80 80 0
1890 83 83 0
1891 83 83 0
1892 88 88 0
1893 108 108 0
1894 152 152 0
1895 169 169 0
1896 169 169 0
1897 188 188 0
1898 176 176 0
1899 181 181 0
1900 214 214 0
1901 218 218 0
1902 200 200 0
1903 218 218 0
1904 227 227 0
1905 234 234 0
1906 273 273 0
1907 301 301 0
1908 342 342 0
1909 339 339 0
1910 368 368 0
1911 487 487 0
1912 686 686 0
1913 826 826 0
1914 981 981 0
1915 1,377 1,377 0
1916 1,460 1,460 0
1917 1,614 1,614 0
1918 1,714 1,708 6
1919 1,548 1,540 8
1920 1,744 1,744 0
1921 1,749 1,743 6
1922 1,639 1,639 0
1923 1,740 1,732 8
1924 1,833 1,833 0
1925 1,600 1,600 0
1926 1,511 1,511 0
1927 1,378 1,378 0
1928 1,250 1,250 0
1929 1,074 1,074 0
1930 1,057 1,052 5
1931 876 869 7
1932 914 904 10
1933 912 912 0
1934 824 818 6
1935 792 792 0
1936 769 769 0
1937 751 751 0
1938 768 768 0
1939 713 713 0
1940 736 736 0
1941 713 713 0
1942 705 705 0
1943 708 708 0
1944 710 710 0
1945 671 671 0
1946 699 699 0
1947 755 755 0
1948 698 698 0
1949 708 708 0
1950 841 841 0
1951 874 869 5
1952 911 911 0
1953 913 906 7
1954 1,045 1,045 0
1955 1,027 1,027 0
1956 1,043 1,043 0
1957 955 947 8
1958 1,003 996 7
1959 951 951 0
1960 1,053 1,053 0
1961 947 947 0
1962 990 990 0
1963 902 897 5
1964 855 855 0
1965 754 754 0
1966 666 666 0
1967 657 657 0
1968 659 653 6
1969 613 613 0
1970 655 655 0
1971 701 693 8
1972 575 570 5
1973 589 589 0
1974 605 597 8
1975 679 670 9
1976 625 618 7
1977 664 659 5
1978 613 613 0
1979 763 763 0
1980 778 778 0
1981 805 797 8
1982 816 810 6
1983 744 737 7
1984 793 786 7
1985 752 744 8
1986 762 755 7
1987 756 756 0
1988 738 733 5
1989 826 810 16
1990 980 980 0
1991 1,023 1,012 11
1992 1,072 1,057 15
1993 1,028 1,021 7
1994 1,023 1,023 0
1995 979 971 8
1996 1,015 1,000 15
1997 944 935 9
1998 987 987 0
1999 1,040 1,035 5
2000 1,151 1,151 0
2001 1,069 1,069 0
2002 1,105 1,100 5
2003 1,102 1,102 0
2004 1,193 1,193 0
2005 1,182 1,182 0
2006 1,149 1,149 0
2007 1,144 1,144 0
2008 1,092 1,092 0
2009 1,068 1,068 0
2010 1,076 1,076 0
2011 940 940 0
2012 1,042 1,042 0
2013 1,099 1,099 0
2014 1,066 1,066 0
2015 1,089 1,089 0

Fun Facts about the name Miriam

  • How many people with the first name Miriam have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 106,039 babies born with the first name Miriam in the United States. That's more than enough people named Miriam to occupy the country of Grenada with an estimated population of 105,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Miriam? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 28 new born babies.
  • When was Miriam first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Miriam is Wednesday, January 14th, 1829.
  • What year had the most people named Miriam born? The highest recorded use of the first name Miriam was in 1924 with a total of 1,833 babies. That's a lot of babies named Miriam!
  • Random Miriam Factoid: According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Miriam ranks 72nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 181 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1914.
  • Weird things about the name Miriam: Your name in reverse order is Mairim. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mimria. How do you pronounce that?
Answer a few simple questions to help us improve the information we display about names on the site.

Where is the name Miriam popular?

View popular names by state or region.

Popularity of Miriam as a first name

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Miriam as a first name in each of the states. See other popular names in New York, Pennsylvania, or South Carolina.

Popularity of Miriam as a last name

The map shows the absolute popularity of the name Miriam as a last name in each of the states. See other popular names in New Jersey, New York, or Ohio.

Common last names for Miriam

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Cohen
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Schwartz
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Clark
  • Lewis
  • Thompson
  • Young
  • Harris
  • Moore

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Miriam" mean? The list below shows the origins of Miriam as well as things modernly associated with the name Miriam such as celebrities named Miriam.

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of Miriam

The name "Miriam" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Of the Sea or Bitter". It's a name commonly given to girls.

From Hebrew מִרְיָם (Miryam), possibly from Aramaic מרים (Maryām), bitter, from a root (MR) meaning "to be bitter". The meaning of this name which is the Old Testament equivalent of Mary has been debated for centuries. Some other explanations are mutiny / rebellion / disobedience from a root .

  1. Sister of Moses and Aaron, and the daughter of Amram and Jochebed.
  2. A female given name.

Miriam was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Dutch, Faroese, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Name Miriam

Belle Knox

Belle Knox is a famed individual. Belle was given the name Miriam Weeks on June 9th, 1995.

Popularity:

Mimi Rogers

Mimi Rogers is an actress. She has been prominent since 1981. Mimi was given the name Miriam Spickler on January 27th, 1956 in Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.

Popularity:

Miriam Defensor Santiago

Miriam Defensor Santiago is a Senator of the Philippines, Secretary of Agrarian Reform, Senate of the Philippines, and Secretary of Agrarian Reform (Philippines). Miriam was born on June 15th, 1945 in Iloilo City.

Popularity:

Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1965. Miriam was born on May 18th, 1941 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.

Popularity:

Talisa Soto

Talisa Soto is an actress, model, and model (people). She has had major accomplishments since 1984. Talisa was given the name Miriam Talisa Soto on March 27th, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Talisa is also known as Desiree More.

Popularity:

Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba was a marabi, world music, folk music, pop rock, jazz, and afro-soul singer-songwriter and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1954 to 2008. Miriam was given the name Zenzile Miriam Makeba on March 4th, 1932 in Johannesburg. Miriam is also known as Mama Africa. She left this life on November 9th, 2008.

Popularity:
  • Jessi Colter
    (singer-songwriter)
  • Miriam Hopkins
    (actress)
  • Miriam Ferguson
    (First Lady of Texas)
  • Míriam Colón
    (actress)
  • NERVO
    (musician)
  • Miriam Leone
    (actress)
  • Miriam González Durántez
    (famous person)
  • Starhawk
    (famous individual)
  • Miriam Yeung Chin-wah
    (singing)
  • Miriam Stein
    (actress)
  • Miriam Stockley
    (singing)
  • Mimi Macpherson
    (founder of mimi macpherson whale watch expeditions)
  • Miriam Bryant
    (singing)
  • Lucía Lapiedra
    (influential human)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Miriam

Miriam

Miriam is an important human. Miriam was given the name Unconfirmed in Hermosillo.

Popularity:

Deepa Miriam

Deepa Miriam is a famed human. Deepa was born in 1981 in Kerala. Deepa is also known as Deepa Jacob.

Popularity:

Corsini Miriam

Corsini Miriam is an important person. Corsini was born on May 5th, 1989 in Milan.

Popularity:

What does the name Miriam mean?

Mis for mighty, your inner strength.

Iis for intriguing, arousing the curiosity of others

Ris for realist, the way you are.

Iis for inclusive, never leaving others out

Ais for aptitudes, your special capabilities shine

Mis for marvelous, which is how others see you

Name poster for Miriam

Name poster for Miriam(click to save the high quality version)

Most Popular Names

Also see our other name lists.

Names Searched Right Now

<100 Mahanew
<100 Ladeisha
<100 Elphas
<100 Lafir
<100 Shawnty
2k Rani
<100 Noriel
<100 Soheera
85k Lola
203 Chen
<100 Siwelele
2k Sanjana
<100 Eldho
<100 Shallu
331k Vincent
219k Ava