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Miriam or Esther?

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HarderToKidnap Thu 01-Aug-13 19:14:08

I imagine Miriam would be shorted to Miri by us, if that makes a difference. Which do you prefer?
DH likes Leah but I just can't love it.

What else might I like?

squoosh Thu 01-Aug-13 19:26:19

I love Esther. It makes me think of elegant Edwardian ladies like Lillie Langtry.

WhatEverZen Thu 01-Aug-13 19:26:43

Both names are lovely. I know a Miriam who gets shortened to mim

Openyourheart Thu 01-Aug-13 19:29:53


vitaminC Thu 01-Aug-13 19:34:49

I know lots of Miriams and almost all are shortened to Mimi!

I love all 3 names but Leah would be my first choice, followed by Esther and then Miriam.

Are you Jewish btw? These names are actually my 3 DDs' Hebrew names/middle names wink

Allalonenow Thu 01-Aug-13 19:35:04

Miriam, one of the Miriams I know has Mimi as her nn.

AnythingNotEverything Thu 01-Aug-13 19:36:49

Esther. Every time. I love that you can shorten it to Tess too.

TallulahBetty Thu 01-Aug-13 19:37:04

Love Esther. Hate Miriam.

vitaminC Thu 01-Aug-13 19:37:58

In response to your last question:


HarderToKidnap Thu 01-Aug-13 19:40:54

Thanks! Pretty even split then. My best friends DD is called Mia, shortened to mimi, so would try hard to avoid that shortening. Vitc, yes we are jewish. LOVE talia but DH dismissed out of hand.

Wbdn28 Thu 01-Aug-13 19:55:35


minipie Thu 01-Aug-13 20:00:08

I really like Miriam, (and Talia), not keen on Esther or Leah.

Teamjavert Thu 01-Aug-13 20:39:01

They're both beautiful. Miriam would probably be my first choice though.

SlouchingPanda Sat 03-Aug-13 02:39:58

I love both names and both much nicer than Leah, sorry to your DH

Christelle2207 Sat 03-Aug-13 10:56:41

At a loss though as to how you could SHORTEN mia to Mimi.

ZolaBuddleia Sat 03-Aug-13 10:59:55

Don't like Leah at all, it feels very 80s, even though I know it's not.

Love both Miriam and Esther. I know a Miriam who shortens to Miri.

Hhm, I think for me Miriam has it by a whisker, due to being less popular than Esther.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Sat 03-Aug-13 15:40:40

I like Miriam and Esther and Leah. Miriam can also be shortened to Mitzi or Molly (and whilst Molly is associated with Irish culture it has been used in the Jewish culture e.g. Molly Goldberg).

WeAll Sat 03-Aug-13 16:01:46


brokenhearted55 Sun 04-Aug-13 19:25:40

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Secretswitch Sun 04-Aug-13 19:28:48

Elisheva is my Hebrew name. I have a dd named Shoshana. Esther has a very lovely feel to it..

extracrunchy Sun 04-Aug-13 19:31:15

Esther! Love it but best mate already nabbed it so can't use it for DD hmm

Yika Sun 04-Aug-13 19:32:37

Miriam wins my vote though I like both (and Leah). It's one of my favourite names. I have a cousin Mim but I find it a pity that she shortens such a beautiful name.

flyingwidow Sun 04-Aug-13 19:33:48

I like both.. Lovely! I am not good on biblical names, and not sure which are NT or old, but how about Naomi as an alternative?

DramaAlpaca Sun 04-Aug-13 19:36:17

Miriam, definitely.

Iwaswatchingthat Sun 04-Aug-13 19:37:45

Talitha? Means little girl.

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