Maryam (name)

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Pronunciation [ˈmariːˈam]
Gender Female
Other names
Related names Mary, Miriam, Miryam, Myriam, Meryem, Maria, Marija, Mariah, Marie, Marion

Maryam or Mariam is the Aramaic name (ܡܪܝܡ) of Mary the mother of Jesus[1][2] and of Miriam, the sister of Moses. She is mentioned in the Greek translation of the Tanakh or Old Testament known as the Septuagint, in the original Greek text of the New Testament, and in the Qur'an.[3] The name has the same form in Syriac, Georgian and Azerbaijani. The Hebrew variant of the name is Miriam, the Latin variant is Maria. This Latin form is the one that was adopted into all modern Western European languages following Christianization. The Turkish variant is spelled Meryem.

Being originally the name of Miriam, the name may have originated from the Egyptian language, like possibly Moses; it is likely derivative of the words mry "beloved" or mr "love"[4][5] or the derived ancient Egyptian name Meritamen or Meri-Amun, "beloved of the God Amun".[6] Other suggestions include the word root m-r-r "bitter" (cf. myrrh), or the Hebrew root (מרי m-r-y) "rebellious", or even possibly "wished-for child", or "strong waters". Maryam is also a name of a flower (tuberose) in the Persian language.[5]

People with this given name[edit]

See also: Mariam
*Maryam Parveiz,Bahraini.                                                           * Maryam Yusuf Jamal (born 1984), Bahraini athlete

Use in Ethiopian names[edit]

Maryam or Mariam is found as part of compound names in Ethiopia, including masculine names.

Hailemariam, often printed as Haile Mariam in the West, means power of Mary.

Earlier examples include:

Still other Ethiopians bear names derived from titles or feasts of St. Mary, such as Zedingil (Of the Virgin) and Kidane (Covenant [of Mercy]).

Other uses as a name[edit]

  • Ustad Ali Maryam, architect in 19th century Persia, added Maryam to his name after building a house for an important woman with that name
  • Kanaya Maryam, a Homestuck character


  1. ^ Patrick Hanks, Kate Hardcastle and Flavia Hodges (2006). A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198610602. 
  2. ^ Janie Steen (2008). Verse and Virtuosity: The Adaptation of Latin Rhetoric in Old English Poetry. University of Toronto Press Incorporated. ISBN 978-0-8020-9157-4. 
  3. ^ The Holy Qur'an: Maryam (Mary), Sura 19 (Translation by A. Yusuf Ali)
  4. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia: The Name of Mary, citing the work of Franz von Hummelauer
  5. ^ a b Behind the Name: Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Mary
  6. ^ Holly Ingraham, People's Names: A Cross-cultural Reference Guide to the Proper Use of Over 40,000 Personal and Familial Names in Over 100 Cultures (1997) ISBN 0786401877

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