Miriam

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Miriam

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

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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 Named Miriam

Belle was given the name Miriam Weeks on June 9th, 1995.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Miriam

Miriam was given the name Unconfirmed in Hermosillo.

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Deepa was born in 1981 in Kerala. Deepa is also known as Deepa Jacob.

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Corsini was born on May 5th, 1989 in Milan.

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

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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 1,834 1,834 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 752 752 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 875 870 5
1952 911 911 0
1953 912 905 7
1954 1,046 1,046 0
1955 1,027 1,027 0
1956 1,043 1,043 0
1957 955 947 8
1958 1,003 996 7
1959 952 952 0
1960 1,053 1,053 0
1961 946 946 0
1962 990 990 0
1963 902 897 5
1964 855 855 0
1965 755 755 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 680 671 9
1976 626 619 7
1977 665 660 5
1978 613 613 0
1979 763 763 0
1980 778 778 0
1981 805 797 8
1982 816 810 6
1983 745 738 7
1984 793 786 7
1985 752 744 8
1986 762 755 7
1987 756 756 0
1988 740 735 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 982 974 8
1996 1,018 1,003 15
1997 946 937 9
1998 989 989 0
1999 1,040 1,035 5
2000 1,152 1,152 0
2001 1,070 1,070 0
2002 1,105 1,100 5
2003 1,102 1,102 0
2004 1,194 1,194 0
2005 1,183 1,183 0
2006 1,150 1,150 0
2007 1,144 1,144 0
2008 1,093 1,093 0
2009 1,069 1,069 0
2010 1,076 1,076 0
2011 940 940 0
2012 1,043 1,043 0
2013 1,101 1,101 0
2014 1,068 1,068 0
2015 1,098 1,098 0
2016 1,100 1,100 0

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Popularity of Miriam as a first name

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Common last names for Miriam

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Fun Facts about the name Miriam

  • How Popular is the name Miriam? Miriam is the 616th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Miriam have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 107,180 babies born with the first name Miriam in the United States. That's more than enough people named Miriam to occupy the territory of United States Virgin Islands (USA) with an estimated population of 106,405 (as of April 1, 2010).
  • 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 1,834 babies. That's a lot of babies named Miriam!
  • Random Miriam Factoid: According to the 1943 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Miriam ranks 102nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 61 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1943.
  • 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 Mariim. How do you pronounce that?

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