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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?

CormoranStrike Sun 04-Aug-13 21:57:44

Miriam, Esther sounds harsh to my ears.

shazbean Sun 04-Aug-13 21:38:12

Both are lovely, but I like Esther more.

KittenofDoom Sun 04-Aug-13 21:32:57

I prefer Miriam. Although I do like Esther too.

Don't like Leah at all - sounds like "leer", not nice!

Iheartcustardcreams Sun 04-Aug-13 19:55:12

Esther, beautiful name.

CPtart Sun 04-Aug-13 19:43:54

For Miriam I always think Miriam Stoppard!

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

Talitha? Means little girl.

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

Miriam, definitely.

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?

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.

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

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..

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

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


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).

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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

In response to your last question:


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

Love Esther. Hate Miriam.

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

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

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

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

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