Myra

August 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

ORIGIN:
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“.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Mayra, Maira, Mira, Myrra, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
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).

WRITERS:
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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