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Mary; Myrrh, or Wonder
Etymology & Historical Origin - Myra
Myra is a poetic invention, first coined in the 17th century by Elizabethan poet and dramatist Fulke Greville (1554-1628). Most known for his collection of poetry called “Caelica” (published posthumously in 1633), Greville deals with the subject of love in the form of three female symbols who represent varying incarnations of the same woman: Caelica, Myra and Cynthia. Caelica is the Latin word for “the heavens” and Cynthia is another epithet given to Artemis, goddess of the hunt in Greek mythology, but why Myra? There has been some conjecture as to the inspiration behind Greville’s name selection. Most people believe Myra was used as an anagram of Mary (merely by switching the letters around). Of course Mary from the Bible represents the pure virginal woman. Others surmise Myra was a respelling of “myrrh”, a perfumy substance extracted from small trees and bushes, highly valuable in ancient times for its scent and medicinal properties. Lastly, Myra may have been influenced by the name Miranda, from the Latin “mirari” meaning “to wonder at, to admire”. Whatever inspired Fulke Greville to coin the name Myra, the name stuck. Aside from Myra’s literary connection to the poetry of Greville, Myra is sometimes considered a female form of Myron which also comes from the Greek word for myrrh (μυρον) meaning “sweet perfume”. Lastly, Myra is also an ancient place name once part of the Eastern Roman Empire (present day location is Demre, Turkey). The patron saint of children, St. Nicholas, was its bishop in the 4th century. Among English speakers it was mainly the poet Greville who influenced the usage of Myra; a name most fashionable in the 19th century. Today Myra is mostly forgotten and rarely used. It’s especially loathed in the United Kingdom thanks to a murderess named Myra Hindley (1942-2002) of the “Moor Murders” notoriety; although this unfortunate association is likely to fade over time. You might also be interested to hear that singer/songwriter Tori Amos was born Myra Ellen Amos in 1963.
Popularity of the Name Myra
Myra has been a long-used name in the United States, dating as far back on the charts as the government has been tracking naming trends (1880). In fact, 1880 was Myra’s best year ever – almost a Top 150 favorite girl’s name. She entered the 20th century with respectable usage and maintained temperate levels on the Top 1000 list up until the early 1960s at which time Myra started her slow and steady descent into obscurity. Finally the name disappeared from the charts in 2004, and then recently returned in 2009. Why the sudden resurrection? We think Myra has that same fashionable ingredient of 19th century antique charm shared by so many names coming back into style right now.
Popularity of the Girl Name Myra
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Myra
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Myra
Myra Breckinridge (Myra Breckinridge) Myra Breckinridge is the eponymous protagonist of Gore Vidal’s 1966 satirical bestselling novel, Myra Breckinridge, which was made into a perfectly horrid movie in 1968, and one with which the author had no desire to be associated. Myra is originally Myron, and has a successful gender change operation. She is also a serious film buff who takes her new self to Hollywood and tries it on. Myra has definite ideas about the prevailing mores of the day, when it comes to the touchy subjects of sexual repression, the fear of what is considered sexual deviancy, the case for gender reassignment, and the role of male patriarchy in all of this – and she’s not afraid to express them or to act upon them. This makes for a whirlwind ride for both Myra and her readers, but she is NEVER boring!
Popular Songs on Myra
Myra - a song by End of Green
Children's Books on the Baby Name Myra
Myra - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Myra.
Famous People Named Myra
Famous People Named Myra - Myra Ellen “Tori” Amos (musician); Myra Gale Brown (controversial 13-year-old cousin/wife of Jerry Lee Lewis); Myra Albert Wiggins (American artist); Myra Bradwell (first female attorney in Illinois); Myra Hart (American business woman, founder of Staples); Myra Hess (British pianist); Myra Keaton (vaudeville entertainer, mother of Buster Keaton); Myra Melford (jazz musician); Myra Turley (actress); Myra Hindley (notorious English murderess); Myra (Mexican-American singer); Mercy Myra (R&B musician)
Children of Famous People Named Myra
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Myra - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Myra.
Myra - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Myra - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Myra.
Personality of the Girl Name Myra
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Myra