Quick Facts on Mira
- Latin, Slavic
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Peace/World or Sea/Ocean; also Wonderful
Etymology & Historical Origin - Mira
Mira is a name used by both Slavic people and Hindus. From the first perspective, Mira is derived from the Slavic element “mir” meaning “world” or “peace” (put them together and you have whirled peas). For people of India, Mira or Meera (मीरा) comes from the Sanskrit meaning “sea, ocean” and was famously borne by a 16th century Hindu princess who selflessly dedicated her life to Krishna. Just as Catholic nuns consider themselves to be the wives of Jesus, Meera saw Krishna as her beloved husband. Her worship of him was nothing short of legendary, a devotion which caused her persecution and led to miracles that saved her. Princess Meera gained a following due to her unwavering commitment to Krishna, celebrated through poetry and song, and it is believed she ultimately attained immortality when she left the earthly plane to be with Krishna. Meera has come to personify the power and meaning of faith among Hindus. Aside from both of these very positive meanings behind the name, “mira” is also the Spanish word for “sight” and the Latin word for “wonderful”. For parents interested in astronomy, Mira “the Wonderful” is also the name given to the most famous variable star discovered about 400 years ago in the constellation Cetus (apropos, Cetus was a “sea” monster in Greek mythology). Today, Mira is most popular in the countries of Sweden and Hungary, but it’s also used with occasional frequency in Germany, Norway and the Netherlands.
Popularity of the Name Mira
Mira did appear on the charts once a long time ago in 1891; but for the most part, this is a name that didn’t come into Top 1000 circulation until 2001. Not only that, but Mira has inhabited the lowest levels of the list in general. Uncommon, rarely used and barely hanging onto the charts, Mira is a sorely neglected name today. Perhaps American parents find this little four-letter, two-syllable name too simplistic and dull, but if they were to take a second look at the multitude of her favorable meanings, they might think twice. The name is quite pretty in its simplicity!
Popularity of the Girl Name Mira
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mira
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mira
Mira We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Mira.
Popular Songs on Mira
Song for the Mira - a song by John McDermott
Children's Books on the Baby Name Mira
Mira's Diary: Home Sweet Rome (Marissa Moss) - Mira was prepared to travel the world to find her mother—but she never expected that she'd have to travel through time as well. When Mira's search transports her to 16th century Rome, she befriends the famed painter Caravaggio and falls into his group of scientists and fellow artists. But Mira quickly realizes this is no place for forward thinkers and is soon faced with protecting her new friends from the evil Madame Lefoutre. Mira's outmatched 5,000 miles (and 500 years) from home, but she'll have to succeed if she ever hopes to be reunited with her mother. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris (Marissa Moss) - When Mira receives a cryptic postcard from her missing mother, she sets off with her father and brother to find her in Paris. Only Mira doesn't know she's looking in the wrong century. With an innocent touch to a gargoyle sculpture on the roof of Notre Dame, Mira is whisked into the past. There she learns her mother isn't just avoiding the family, she's in serious trouble. Following her mother's clues, Mira travels through time to help change history and bring her mother home. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Mira
Famous People Named Mira - Mira Sorvino (actress); Mira Leung (Canadian figure skater); Mira Nair (Indian film director); Meera Bai (16th century Hindu princess/poetess)
Children of Famous People Named Mira
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Mira - Paul Sorvino (actor)
Mira - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Mira - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mira.
Personality of the Girl Name Mira
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - Mira