LOVE it. So groovy, jazzy, retro, classy, blowsy, snazzy, jiving. I can picture a Myra of any age.
noisynora  1/24/2021
When I see this name, all I think of is an ant. I mean, it is Swedish for ant.
― Anonymous User  6/18/2020
Dame Myra Hess (1890-1965) was an English concert pianist.
Kallanit  8/7/2019
A name that is definitely on the rise. The younger generation won’t have even heard of any murderer with this name. It has a beautiful sound to it.
Froggy14  4/3/2019
I like it. Unusual without being too out there.
Luvbug86  1/19/2019
Means "ant" in Swedish.
― Anonymous User  12/4/2018
In 2018, 52 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Myra who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 888th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2018
Pretty name.
kayisforkeen  8/31/2018
Funny thing is my name is MYRA LEE, I have two cats, from the country.. lol MY NAME FITS APPARENTLY LOL.
Myra lee  12/15/2017
I generally like this name, I have got my second born on 9 December 2016 and I gave her that name. Hopeful she will change the negative attitude some have about the name. Her brother JAYDEN is the one choosing that name from the list of five names.
LUGOME  12/11/2016
Myra is my name. It was my great, great grandmother's name. Everyone tells me they like it. It isn't an everyday name! Mispronounced & spelled wrong often. Our background is English & German... My siblings have plain, everyday names!
Stormyrain  10/11/2016
One of the characters in Divergent is named Myra. She tries to be a Dauntless, but cannot make it through the initiation.
― Anonymous User  6/11/2016
I have often been told that my name, Myra means "fate" in Greek. I am always glad when people mention St. Nicholas as the Bishop of Myra as it proves that the name was NOT "created" by some 17th Century English writer. It was quite common for English men and women who were well educated to "tour the continent" and visit ancient sites and cities. My aunt named me and I love my name. I was the only Myra in Kissimmee, Florida in 1953-1971... don't know about now. I love my name and my children and friends know it. I have never heard it as a grandmother name.
myrademre  4/12/2016
Myra was a character on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2015
You shouldn't let one bad person ruin a good name. Charles Manson was a terrible murderer, but Charles is still used. Same with Jeffrey Dahmer. It just seems silly to me.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2015
I'm from the United States, so the name Myra isn't taboo here, but through independent research I am aware of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, and their horrendous crimes (Ian was already such a common name that I can understand why that, too, did not become taboo in the U.K.).

However, someone named Myra in the U.S. might get her name misspelled a lot, depending on where she lives, because among the Hispanic population "Mayra" is a very popular name (particularly in the 80s and early 90s - my generation). That's probably why Myra doesn't sound exotic to my ears.
erb816  7/21/2015
You have to admire a Myra!
That is my name and what I have always had sung to me.
My name has brought me happiness and luck.

Friendly greeting "Hiya" and "Myra" have a similar ring

I would apologize for Myra Hindley and Ian Brady but it was nothing to do with me... try to broaden your mind a little folks! :-)
myra  6/6/2015
Interesting historical info in case you are interested :-)

Saint Nicholas of Myra Saves Three Innocents from Death (oil painting by Ilya Repin, 1888, State Russian Museum).
I tried to attach the picture but this site would not allow it.

Myra is an ancient town in Lycia where the small town of Kale (Demre) is situated today in present day Antalya Province of Turkey. It was located on the river Myros (Demre Çay), in the fertile alluvial plain between Alaca Dağ, the Massikytos range and the Aegean Sea.

A century later Myra still enjoyed low taxation which the people attributed to St. Nicholas. After Galerius, and later Constantine, declared tolerance for Christianity, Christians imprisoned under Diocletian returned home. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, was one of them.
St. Nicholas Center ::: BISHOP OF MYRA

Father Christmas: Saint Nicholas' face revealed (picture not able to be shown here)
6 December 2014
From the section Liverpool

Saint Nicholas

The portrait includes the saint's severely broken nose, which healed asymmetrically. The "most realistic" portrait of the saint who became Santa Claus has been produced at a Liverpool university.

Saint Nicholas was a 4th Century bishop who liked to give gifts secretly. His relics lie in Bari Cathedral in Italy.

The image of him has been created using a facial reconstruction system and 3D interactive technology by Liverpool John Moores University's Face Lab.

Professor Caroline Wilkinson said it was based on "all the skeletal and historical material" available.

The saint, who died in 343, was the Greek bishop of Myra. The town, now known as Demre, lies on the southern coast of Turkey.

He was said to have left secret gifts, such as putting coins in shoes that were left out for him, leading him to be the model for Father Christmas.

A spokeswoman for the university said the new depiction uses "the most up-to-date anatomical standards, Turkish tissue depth data and CGI techniques".

It also includes Saint Nicholas' severely broken nose, which she said had "healed asymmetrically, giving him a characteristic nose and rugged facial appearance".

Revealing the portrait on the saint's feast day, 6 December, Prof Wilkinson said it was "thrilling to be able to show the face of this famous bishop".

Saint Nicholas:

Saint Nicholas◾Born in 270 in the then-Greek town of Patara, he traveled to Palestine and Egypt, before returning to become bishop of Myra
◾Imprisoned during the reign of Roman emperor Diocletian, but later released by his successor Constantine
◾After his death in 343AD, his burial site by his church in Myra became a shrine
◾Sailors stole his remains in 1087 and took them back to Bari, where they remain enshrined

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica.
myra  6/6/2015
Myra is a bit unusual and has a very cool sound to it. I have never heard of the murderer and had no idea there was any such association anywhere. My only example of one is the female cat from Little Toot! Anyway, it's a shame--that individual is obviously not famous enough that people should feel turned off of a perfectly good name just because a bad person happened to bear it. :p.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  5/4/2015
Apparently Myra can be a nickname of Almira. (I'm not sure how that works.) According to:
― Anonymous User  1/3/2015
Never heard of a murderer with this name, (I'm from the US) but I still am not a big fan of it. It sounds like an old lady name, and I usually like old names. But this is one of the old names along the likes of Mildred and Edna that should never make a comeback. I knew a girl with this name once, and she wasn't exactly the nicest person, so that could be another reason why I don't like it very much. Although, I have to say, it's loads better than Madison, Kayla, or Caitlin.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2013
Like the murderer? There aren't enough people named Myra for this name to have an association with anyone but her.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2010
A lovely, pretty name. ☺ Don't let a murderer be the one to decide for you that you shouldn't choose this name! ಠ╭╮ಠ.
― Anonymous User  5/20/2014
"Myra Lee" is the second album by American musician Cat Power. It's her mother's name.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2009
To the individual who mentioned Cat Power.

I can't believe the coincidence! My mother's name is Myra Lee. Of course, she was born the same year as Cat Power. I'll have to share that with my mom!
cats-and-tea  2/7/2017
Myra Lester is the heroine played by Vivien Leigh in the film “Waterloo Bridge”. I’m from the UK and am too young to remember the Moors Murderers, but I’d be shocked if anyone who sees Vivien in this film still thinks the name is awful. I mean - she plays a ballerina! The ending is sad but its worth watching!

Bring back Myra!
littlescarlett  5/18/2009
I am also too young to have been around at the time of the Moors Murders, but nothing changes the fact that these hideous crimes are embedded into the national psyche, so much so they're almost folklore. The simple fact we know about them, despite not having been round at the time, proves that. The name Myra is unusable in Britain and will remain so for many, many years to come. I think anyone in the UK who used the name, would face some puzzling looks from others.
― Anonymous User  9/4/2009
From the Greek "miora" meaning fate, this has evolved into the English form that we see today.
Aprosule  10/23/2008
Tori Amos changed her name from this because she thought this name makes guys ''go limp''. I don't get that. This is a pretty name, and it's quite cool too. It doesn't sound too ''out there'', and it's okay for little girls, teens, and grown women alike. Neither is the name too popular.
slight night shiver  4/30/2008
Myra is the Swedish word for "ant". I like it but I would never use it because of that.
Frozten  8/1/2007
My daughter's name is Myrah, and I think it is a very pretty name.
― Anonymous User  5/17/2007
There was a poem or something about myrrh. I think it went like this.

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Scents a life of gathering doom
Suffering, sighing, bleeding, dying,
All in this stone-cold tomb.

(Of course, I read that like a year ago in passing, so I could be wrong about parts of it. Soemthing like that.)
― Anonymous User  5/6/2007
The "poem" is actually the third verse from the song "We Three Kings": (Variations occur-it's a pretty old carol.)

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Scents a life of gathering doom
Suffering, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in this stone cold tomb.

I think this is a pretty name.
MiryamChannah  9/19/2011
My understanding was that he created it as a nickname for Miranda (also a poetic creation, Shakespeare's in this case), although Mira, with a long e sound, seems like a more natural nickname for it.
― Anonymous User  3/29/2007
According to a book I have Myra is a French name that means "quiet song."
Annabeau  2/14/2007
I think Myra sounds a little hillbilly.
7up  1/27/2007
Absolutely taboo in Britain due to the fame of Myra Hindley, one of the Moors Murderers. Almost the female equivalent of Adolf here.
― Anonymous User  6/10/2006
Got such a bad reputation in the UK as said above, it's like it's illegal! I don't think you'll find a Myra here without at least being over 50.
― Anonymous User  6/17/2006
I believe that the poet was influenced by hearing Scottish and Irish people pronounce the name "Moira". If you ever have heard this, it sounds almost identical to Myra. Every Scottish person I have ever asked about the name Myra without seeing its spelling, says "Oh, that's a Scottish name". In fact, the name is most common in Scotland and Ireland. I think Fulke-Greville was just anglicizing the spelling of the name Moira based on the pronunciation he most likely had heard around him or in his travels.
mair  1/1/2006
Singer/songwriter Tori Amos's real name is Myra Ellen.
Arrows  11/22/2005

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