Gender: Masculine
Origin: Albanian/Bosnian

The name became popular in the Balkans, particularly in Albania and Bosnia, starting in the late 1970s. There are a couple of possible derivations for this name. One is that it is derived from the Latin verb admirari meaning “to admire”

Another possibility is that it is a Slavicized form of the Arabic male name, Amir.

As of 2010, Admir was the 77th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzgovina, (2010).

Diminutive form is Ado.

A feminine form is Admira.




Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “admirable; wonderful”
Eng (mə-RAN-də)

The name is derived from the Latin word mirandus meaning “admirable; wonderful” it has the same root as the English word mirandous. The name seems to have been first used by William Shakespeare for a key character in his 1611 play The Tempest.

Currently, Miranda is the 175th most popular female name in the United States, (2010).

The name is used in Italy, Poland, Estonia, German, Scandinavia and in Spanish-speaking countries.

It is also the name of a satellite of Uranus.

Common short forms are Randa, Randy and Mira.




Gender: Feminine
Origin: Provençal
Meaning: “admire.”

Mireille is believed to be a franconized version of the Provençal female name, Mirèio, which is believed to be derived from the Provençal word mirar “to admire.”

The name was first brought to the Francophone world’s attention in 1859, when French poet, Frédéric Mistral, wrote a poem in Occitanian about a girl named Mireille (Mirèio in the Provence version). The poem retells the star-struck love of Mireille, the daughter of a nobleman, and Vincent, a poor basketmaker, who fall in love and are unable to marry due to their different social classes. In the poem, Mireille dies while imploring the patron saints of Provence to change the hearts and minds of her parents.

The poem was translated into several other languages, and the name appears in other forms, including:

Mireia (Catalan/Spaniah)
Mirèio (Catalan/Provenςal/Occitanian)
Mirela (Croatian/Polish/Romanian)
Mireille (French)
Mirella (Hungarian/Italian)
Mirèlha (Provenςal)