Baby name question

posted 5 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
583 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

anonbee3584 :  I definitely don’t think of that movie. I’m no movie buff, but I don’t think that movie was classic enough to be considered a part of pop culture or something.  I think Miriam is a lovely name. 


Post # 3
608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I like Eleanor or Elinor more than Miriam. Especially if you are going to name her Miriam and call her Mia.

Elinor and Ellie make sense. But if you like the name Mia I would just go with Mia, or something closer to Mia like Marina, Malia, Maria, Amelia. To me Mia and Miriam have no correlation. It’s not an obvious nickname.

Post # 4
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

My first thought of Miriam is that it’s a lovely name, as is Elinor. I think people’s thoughts of names will depend on their own life. In my opinion, you should make your child what you want and not worry about the outside world. And yes, I have met a few Miriams outside of the Jewish religion. 

Post # 5
3505 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

I very much doubt that anyone is going to think of some forgettable comedy when you tell them your kids name is Miriam or Miri. 

If you love the name, use it. But honestly? I think it’s pretty silly to shorten it to Mia instead of Miri. It doesn’t make sense and the reasoning (dumb movie) is just plain silly. 

Post # 6
813 posts
Busy bee

anonbee3584 :  Zack and Miri Make a Porno is really not that famous of a movie to even worry about that. It’s a pretty name.

Post # 7
3082 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve never heard of that film. My first thought is Miriam Margoles who is one awesome woman.

I don’t think that it matters that the name is ‘Jewish’. My name is technically as well and I’m not Jewish. I’ve known many Rachel’s and non were Jewish.

Post # 8
1222 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It definitley doesn’t make me think of that movie! Either Miriam or Elinor are lovely!

Post # 9
6708 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I think Miriam is a beautiful name, as is Eleanor (a spelling I prefer over others), and while it is an old testament name, I do not associate it with Judaism any more than I associate other old testament names like Benjamin, David, Jonathan, Noah, Sarah, Rebecca or Michael exlusively with Judaism.

Post # 10
870 posts
Busy bee

anonbee3584 :  I’m Jewish and I definitely don’t get offended when non-Jewish people have Jewish or Hebrew names.

First of all, old testament names are also “biblical” to anyone from the Judeo-Christian faith has “claim” to them. But also, many have become part of “american” name culture. In fact, I have a Jewish first name (similar to Rachel) and most of the other women I know with my first name are not Jewish.

Other Jewish people will also identify me as one of the “tribe” because I have a Jewish first and last name, but it’s not a huge deal. 

Hope this makes you feel better 🙂

Post # 12
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

You’re way over thinking it. Myriam spelt with a y is a family name in our family and we aren’t jewish. And that movie would have never crossed my mind.

Post # 13
3484 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My parents have always called me Mia but my legal name is completely different except for the M. Basically the equivalent of calling Miriam “Mia”. Please don’t do it. I think Mira would be extremely cute as a nickname! 

I definitely don’t think of that movie. Miriam is pretty and unique at this point in time. Eleanor is also really nice, but I’m not a fan of the way you spelled it. It’ll just be an unnecessary hassle every time she says her name is Eleanor and then has to help people spell it.

Post # 14
6773 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

anonbee3584 :  I don’t think of that movie.  The Miriam I know is on my dad’s side of the family which is devoutly Catholic, and the other person I know with a similar name is (was?) Muslim.  It’s just a nice all-around name.  Go for it.

Post # 15
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

No I think of the 3 Miriam ive known in my life (who go by Mimi not Miri) and non are Jewish.

Many popular names have Jewish roots due to the bible, theres a lot of catholosism here and I don’t personally know any Jewish people (there are some hasidic people in the next town but they keep to themselves like a little self contained community) and yet most people I do know have Hebrew based names.

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