Mira (given name)
|Word/name||Albanian, Hebrew, Latin, Sanskrit, Slavic, Arabic|
|Meaning||"goodness", "ocean", "peace", "prosperous"|
|Related names||Meera, Miranda, Miriam, Myra Amira|
Mira is a feminine given name with varying meanings. In the Romance languages, it is related to the Latin words for "wonder" and "wonderful." In South Slavic languages, it means "peace" and is often used as part of a longer name, such as Miroslava (masculine form: Miroslav) or Sławomira (masculine form: Sławomir). In Albanian language, it means "goodness" or "kindness". In Sanskrit, it means "ocean", "sea", "limit" or "boundary" In Hebrew, it is a derivative of Miriam or the female equivalent of Meir, meaning light.
It is distinct from "Myra" which has a different origin.
People with the given name include:
- Mira Aroyo (born 1977), Bulgarian musician
- Mira Awad (born 1975), Israeli-Arab actress and musician
- Mira Bai or Meera (1498–1547), Hindu mystical singer and poet
- Mira Craig (born 1982), Norwegian rhythm and blues singer and songwriter
- Míra Emberovics (born 1988), Hungarian handball player
- Mira Furlan (born 1955), Croatian actress and singer
- Mira Golubović (born 1976), Serbian retired professional volleyball player
- Mira Gonzalez (born 1992), American poet
- Mira Konçi (born 1973), Albanian singer and songwriter
- Mira Kuś (born 1958), Polish poet and journalist
- Mira Lesmana (born 1964), Indonesian songwriter, film director and producer
- Mira Leung (born 1989), Canadian retired figure skater
- Mira Mihelič (1912-1985), Slovene writer and translator
- Mira Nair (born 1957), Indian-American film director
- Mira Sorvino (born 1967), American actress
- Mira Topić (born 1983), Croatian volleyball player
- Mira W. (Widjaja) (born 1951), Indonesian author
- Mira Zimińska (1901-1997), Polish actress
- Mirjana Mira Banjac (born 1929), Serbian actress
- Miroslava Mira Stupica (1923–2016), Serbian actress
- F. P. Leverett, A New and Copious Lexicon of the Latin Language (Boston: Rice & Kendell, 1853), p. 539.
- Bruce Lansky, 100,000+ Baby Names (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006).
- Maneka Gandhi, The Penguin Book of Hindi Names (Penguin Books India, 1992)
- Pamela Redmond Satran, Linda Rosenkrantz, The Baby Name Bible: The Ultimate Guide by America's Baby-Naming Experts (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2007), p. 197.
- Alfred J. Kolatch, The New Name Dictionary: Modern English and Hebrew Names (Middle Village, NY: Jonathan David Publishers, 1989), p. 199.
- Anita Diamant, The New Jewish Baby Book: Names Ceremonies Customs a Guide for Today's Families (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2005), p. 68.
- The origin and meaning of some of the most common Jewish names for girls.
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