August 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

Invented by English poet Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke (1554-1628) in the 17th century, possibly from the Latin for “myrrh”, or a variation on the name “Mary“.

Mayra, Maira, Mira, Myrra, etc.

Aunt Myra, the elderly spinster who looks after young orphan Candace, until Cousin Kate Gray and her family invite the girl to stay with them, in A Little Country Girl (1885), by Susan Coolidge.
Myra, the name of a lost pig advertised in The Observer in Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (written in 1943; set during the years leading up to the American Revolutionary War, 1773-1775).

Myra Bradwell (1831-1893), American activist, lawyer, and publisher.
Myra Kelly (1875-1910), Irish-American educator and children’s book writer.
Myra MacPherson (b. c.1935), American activist, author, and journalist.
Myra Morris (1893-1966), American children’s book author, novelist, and poet.
Myra Sklarew (b. 1934), American biologist, poet, and teacher.

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