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Etymology & Historical Origin - Maryam
Maryam is the Arabic and Persian form of Miriam or Mary/Maria. Even though Miriam and Mary are two distinctly different women from the Bible (Miriam in the Old Testament as Moses’ sister and Mary from the New Testament as Jesus’ mother), both names are derived from the Hebrew Miryam probably from the Egyptian element “mry” meaning “beloved”. In Islamic tradition, however, Maryam is really in reference to the Virgin Mary (rather than Miriam from the Old Testament). In fact, Maryam is mentioned more times in the Qur'an than she is in the New Testament! Muslims see Maryam as the epitome of a chaste and righteous woman having been chosen by God/Allah among all women to bear Jesus (although they see neither person as divine). According to Muslim beliefs, Mary (Maryam) follows the lineage of Adam (Adem), Noah (Nuh), Abraham (Ibrahim), Isaac (Is’haq), and Moses (Musa). Further down this ancestral line came Maryam and Isa (i.e., Mary and Jesus); whereas Muhammad branches off from Ibrahim’s son Ishmael. Maryam and Isa are highly venerated in Islam, and are dedicated to the service of Allah. Muslims believe that it was Allah who performed the miracle of the virgin birth. Many Christians don’t realize the important position Maryam/Mary holds within the Islamic faith; indeed she is “beloved”. It’s just a different story line, but the Virgin Mother is highly regarded nonetheless. In the Western World, the name Maryam is used fairly heavily among Muslims in the countries of England, France, the Netherlands and the United States. It is also a Top 10 favorite among Persians and Arabs in Iran and Pakistan, and a top three girl’s name for Muslims in Israel.
Popularity of the Name Maryam
Maryam is primarily used among Arab and Persian Americans and therefore not high on the charts (reflecting the rather small Muslim population in the United States). It first appeared in the year 2000 but had trouble sticking to the charts until the past few years. Today the name Maryam is given to about 350 baby girls per year. The Hebrew Miriam and the Greek Mariam are both more popular in America, as is Mary and Maria (all names derived from essentially the same place). Incidentally, Maryam is also the name Persians give to the tuberose, a pretty, perfumy white flower (aka the “Maryam flower).
Popularity of the Girl Name Maryam
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maryam
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maryam
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Popular Songs on Maryam
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Maryam
Maryam and the Trees (Rowaa El-Magazy) - This is the first book in the "Young Muslim Nature Series", which explores the scientific and spiritual miracles of creation. It relates how Maryam and her brother, Abdullah, discover the importance of trees in the environment and in people's lives. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Maryam
Famous People Named Maryam - Maryam d'Abo (actress, former "Bond Girl"); Maryam Mirzakhani (mathematician and Stanford professor); Maryam Nemazee (Iranian journalist); Maryam Rajavi (Iranian political activist)
Children of Famous People Named Maryam
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Maryam - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Maryam.
Maryam - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Maryam - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Maryam.
Personality of the Girl Name Maryam
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Maryam