Origin: Greek
Meaning: “myrrh; perfume”
Gender: Masculine
Eng. (MY-ron); GRK (MEE-rone)

The name comes from the Greek meaning “myrrh; perfume.” It was borne by a 5th-century B.C.E Greek sculptor as well as several Christian saints.

In the United States, especially at the turn of the century, it was used among Jewish families as a form of the Hebrew Meir.

Myron is also the name of a genus of snakes.

For 100 years, between 1900-2000, it was in the U.S. Top 1000 Most popular male name. Myron peaked in 1931 when it was the 192nd most popular male name.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Mirón (Asturian/Galician/Portuguese/Spanish)
  • Miran Міран (Belarussian)
  • Miron Ми́рон (Bulgarian/Croatian/Romanian/Russian/Serbian/Slovenian/Ukrainian)
  • Miró (Catalan)
  • Myrón (Czech)
  • Myron (Dutch/English/French/German/Polish)
  • Mürón (Hungarian)
  • Mýron (Icelandic)
  • Mirone (Italian)
  • Mironi მირონი (Georgian)
  • Mironas (Lithuanian)

A feminine form is Myra.




Gender: Feminine
Origin: English

This week I feature another literary invention, Myra.

The name is believed to have been created by Sir Philip Sidney’s very own biographer, Fulke Greville, the 1st Baron Brooke (1554-1628). Not only was he an Elizabethan administrator but he was also an accomplished poet. Greville is believed to have derived the name from the Latin, myrra (myrrh).

It is also the name of an ancient city in Anatolia.

The name is currently the 964th most popular female name in the United States (2010).

A Spanish version is Mayra, which was the 65th most popular name in Chile in 2006 and the 863rd most popular female name in the United States (2010).