Mira

Mira is an Indian female name (also spelled Meera). I’ve seen several source list it as meaning “sea, ocean” but I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “prosperous, wealthy, highborn” or “limit, boundary”. Mirabai (or Meera Bai) was a 15th century Hindu princess and poetess who was devoted to the Hindu god Krishna; bai seems to be a feminine suffix added to the name. Mira is also a Latin word, the feminine form of mirus meaning “wonderful, marvelous, amazing, surprising, awesome).

Mira is also a Slavic female name, originating as a short form of names beginning with the Slavic element miru meaning “peace; world” via Proto-Slavic *mȋrъ derived from a Proto-Indo-European source. It could also be derived from the Albanian word mirë meaning “good, well” derived from a PIE root word. Mira could also be used as a short form for Mirabelle or Miranda or any names beginning or ending with mira (such as Samira or Amira).

Mira is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • mi  “sea, ocean” + ra 空 “sky; empty, hollow, void, vacant, bare, deserted” (海空);
  • mi 皆 “all, everything” + ra 楽 “music; comfort, ease” (皆楽);
  • mira 鏡 “mirror; speculum”;
  • mi 心 “heart; mind; spirit” + ra 楽 “music; comfort, ease” (心楽);
  • mi 水 “water” + ra 落 “to fall; drop; come down” (水落);

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s みら.

Mira is also a surname, a Galician, Catalan, and Portuguese, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Mira, of uncertain origin though it could possible be derived from Arabic amira meaning “princess”, or from Portuguese Mir which comes from Russian mir meaning “peace; world”. As a Czech and Polish surname it derives from the Slavic element miru (peace; world).

Origin: Sanskrit, Proto-Indo-European, Japanese

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Variants:

  • Meera (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada)

 

Male forms:

  • Miro (Slovene, Croatian)

 

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