Name: Miriam

Origin and Meaning of the Name Miriam

  • Meaning:
    Uncertain, maybe bitter
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  • Meaning:
    Uncertain, maybe bitter
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  • Pronunciation:
    (MEE ree am); (MIH ree am)
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    English and Hebrew speaking countries
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    Miriam is the form of the Hebrew Miryam most commonly found in English. In the Old Testament Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aaron.

    Its meaning is disputed. It may come from the Hebrew 'leharim' (to raise), thus giving "she who raises". One school of thought links the name with the Hebrew 'mar' (bitter).

    Some believe it comes from the Aramaic "wished for child" or use 'mar' (bitter) and 'yam' (sea) to give "bitter sea" or "sea of bitterness". Another traditional meaning often assigned to the name is "rebellion" or "rebelliousness".

    It is also possible that the ultimate origin is Egyptian, given the name's connection to other characters with probably Egyptian names. Perhaps it is derived in part from 'mry' (beloved) or 'mr' (love).

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