Post # 1
Miriam is pretty high on my list if we have a girl. Do you immediately think of the movie Zack and Miri make a porno? I’d probably try to have her nickname be Mia for this reason.
Jewish bees, would you expect a Miriam to be Jewish and think it was weird if she wasn’t? I don’t want to offend anyone, and I don’t want to ask any of my Jewish friends. I recently met a Rachel who is not Jewish who didn’t know Rachel has Hebrew origins.
Ive had a boy name picked out since I was 12 years old, and my husband has agreed to it. Our dads have the same first name so that will be the middle name if it’s a boy, but I’m having a harder time narrowing down my girl name list. Elinor (Ellie) is the other girl name I’m liking at the moment.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
It definitley doesn’t make me think of that movie! Either Miriam or Elinor are lovely!
Post # 9
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
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
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
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
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
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.