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).