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Quick Facts on Miranda

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 245
Simple meaning:
Admirable, lovely

Characteristics of Miranda

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Miranda

As was the case with Olivia, the name Miranda was first coined by the literary giant William Shakespeare. The name first appeared in his 1611 work “The Tempest” as the heroine of the play. Shakespeare invented the name from the Latin adjective “mirandus” which means ‘admirable, lovely’ from the verb “mirari” meaning ‘to wonder at or admire.’ He knew what he was doing. Miranda in The Tempest is an admirable character indeed (if even a bit inexperienced, naïve and innocent). See below for more information on this literary character. People of English-speaking nations can thank the Bard for introducing the female given name Miranda into the English lexicon.

Popularity of the Name Miranda

Miranda has had a somewhat interesting ride along the U.S. popularity charts. The name was in use around the turn of the 20th century more than 100 years ago; however, by 1893 Miranda completely disappeared from the American consciousness for over 60 years. In 1957 the name reemerged from hibernation and flopped around the charts until the mid-1970s when she starts to see some significant movement in popularity. By the 1990s, the name achieves a position on the Top 100 list of most-favored girls’ names in the United States. Miranda holds a spot on the Top 100 all through the 1990s but finally slips off in the year 2000. Since the turn of this century, Miranda’s usage has been in decline although she has shown small signs of reversal in the past couple of years. This may be due to the popularity of the teen star Miranda Cosgrove and/or the country-music star Miranda Lambert. Whatever the direction Miranda takes on the charts doesn’t really matter. The name has a certain uniqueness and character that begs admiration.
Popularity of the Girl Name Miranda
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Miranda

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Miranda

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Miranda

    Miranda (The Tempest) Miranda is the beautiful, innocent, fifteen year old daughter of Prospero in Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, probably written around 1611. She and her father, a magician and a dethroned duke, have been living in exile on an island. The duke’s brother and his party are passing the island and Prospero, having divined this fact, throws a storm into the works, causing a shipwreck. When Miranda first sees Ferdinand, the Prince of Naples, she immediately falls in love with him. Well, he is, after all, the first young man she has seen in twelve years. Ferdinand, for his part, finds Miranda to be perfection itself. Miranda is a very obedient daughter, but in the matter of love she is able to stand up to her domineering father, and she openly and boldly declares her love for Ferdinand. When all is said and done (and in Shakespeare, much is said and done), it is the union of Miranda and Ferdinand that directly leads to the reinstallation of the Duke to his rightful reign, and everyone goes back home to live happily ever after. Not bad work for a teenage and a girl, at that.

    Miranda Priestly (The Devil Wears Prada) Miranda Priestly is the Boss from Hades in Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 best seller, The Devil Wears Prada, and it is all but impossible not to see her exactly as the marvelous Meryl Streep played her in the movie of the same name. Miranda Priestly is editor-in-chief of Runway, a high style fashion magazine (read Anna Wintour at Vogue). She is as chic and stylish as her magazine an over-the-top arbiter of taste - expensive taste. She is also a demanding and cold slave-driver who brooks no insubordination and from whose withering commentary no employee is safe. Clad in fantastic designer clothes, shoes and jewelry, she doesn’t find it at all necessary to have a smile be her umbrella. All in all, she is a major delight in the world of fiction and film, and one hopes never to bump into her in what we loosely refer to as “real life”.

  • Popular Songs on Miranda

    Popular Songs on Miranda

    Crazy Miranda - a song by Jefferson Airplane

    Miranda - a song by Fleetwood Mac

    Miranda - a song by Phil Ochs

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Miranda

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Miranda

    Alice-Miranda at School (Jacqueline Harvey) - Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennigton-Jones can't wait to start boarding school. When she arrives at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, the adventure begins…only not quite as Alice-Miranda expects. The minute she sets foot on the school's manicured grounds, she senses that something is wrong: Miss Grimm, the headmistress, is nowhere to be seen, the gardens have no flowers, and a mysterious stranger seems to be hiding out on the premises. But that's not all. Some girls are mean and spoiled, like Alethea Goldsworthy. Can Alice-Miranda defeat Alethea in one of three difficult tests she must pass to remain at school? Will she discover Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale's big secret—and make things right? Well, if anyone can, it's spunky Alice-Miranda! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Dancing Miranda / Baila, Miranda, baila (Diane De Anda) - Miranda finds it difficult to rehearse for the dance recital after she learns that her mother's poliomyelitis kept her from dancing when she was a child. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Miranda and Starlight (Janet Muirhead Hill) - Sent to live on her grandparents' farm while her mother strives to make a living in Los Angeles, Miranda makes three friends: a new girl in her class, a boy who is afraid of riding, and the horse of her dreams, Starlight. Miranda's reckless determination to ride horses and, later, to save Starlight from certain death lead her into a series of lies that she finds impossible to sustain. In the end, though, her tenacity and the goodness of those around her, help Miranda find resolution to a number of conflicts. This book is the first in a series about Miranda and Starlight. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Miranda Lambert: Country Music Star (Sarah Tieck) - I biography on the talented country musician who writes her own songs and plays the guitar. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Miranda the Castaway (James Mayhew) - Miranda gets shipwrecked, and finds herself stranded on a desert island. But Miranda is a resourceful girl and is perfectly able to look after herself! This is the first book in a series about Miranda by James Mayhew. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Miranda the Great (Eleanor Estes) - When barbarians invade Rome, Miranda the cat and her daughter Punka must find a safe place to hide from the chaos. They make their way through the burning city, collecting motherless kittens as they go. At last they reach the Colosseum--but even there, danger lurks! How these fortunate felines survive to become the noble ancestors of the cats of modern Rome is all due to the cleverness of the cat they come to call Miranda the Great, Queen of the Colosseum! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Miranda's Beach Day (Holly Keller) - Miranda and her mother enjoy time at the beach soaking in the sights and sounds. With two other children, Miranda builds “the best castle ever” for a small crab. When the tide washes the castle and crab away, Miranda is sad, but before heading home her mother reassures her that the castle belongs to the sand and the crab to the sea. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Miranda's Last Stand (Gloria Whelan) - After her mother is hired by Buffalo Bill Cody to paint backdrops for his Wild West Show, Miranda encounters some Indian children whom she gradually realizes are the relatives of the men who killed her father in the Battle of Little Big Horn. This book is an account of one girl's gradual coming to terms with the loss of her father and understanding the plight of the Sioux Indians. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Miranda's Magic Garden (Linda Atnip) - Miranda's Magic Garden is a beautifully written and illustrated children's book that transports the reader from the world of nature into lush dreamscapes. It tells the story of a lonely little girl who lives in a big city with no prospects for friends except the plants in her garden. Guided by her dreams and imagination, Miranda embarks on a courageous journey of self-discovery to face her deepest fears. The young heroine ultimately triumphs and creates a realm of wonder and magic in the heart of the city. By following her destiny, Miranda wins many new friends and shares with them the joys of gardening. This book is not only wonderful literature for children, but also helps parents understand the true value of dreams. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Miranda Cosgrove and iCarly Spectacular!: Unofficial & Unstoppable (Liv Spencer) - The Emmy-nominated TV sensation, iCarly—the 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards’ favorite TV show—is thoroughly explored in this essential, full-color guide that celebrates the girl at the heart of the show, actress Miranda Cosgrove. Colorful and engaging, this dynamic reference focuses on the personal and professional life of 16-year-old Miranda, who has it all: a major film debut in School of Rock, a budding career with four hit singles and an upcoming album, and a role on Nicklodeon’s show Drake & Josh. Highlighting her true star quality in a show designed to showcase her many talents, this guide examines the zany sitcom about three friends who start their own webcast where they perform skits and show their viewers’ wacky talents. Punctuated with fun facts and numerous photos of the cast members’ on-set antics, this comprehensive manual also includes the story behind Drake & Josh and the creation of iCarly, biographies for Drake & Josh and iCarly cast members, an iCarly episode guide that includes the TV movie iCarly: iGo to Japan, and future projects for iCarly and its stars. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Miranda

    Famous People Named Miranda

    Famous People Named Miranda - Miranda Cosgrove (actress); Miranda Kerr (model); Miranda Lambert (country musician); Miranda Otto (actress); Miranda Richardson (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Miranda

    Children of Famous People Named Miranda

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Miranda - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Miranda.

  • Historic Figures

    Miranda - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Miranda - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Miranda.

Personality of the Girl Name Miranda

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Miranda

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