Meriam (rework) by Metadebt published on 2011/12/06 23:32:32 +0000 Yes, it is written in the stars. The origin and meaning of the name Miriam is unclear, although - as many Levite names are for some reason Egyptian - it may have to do with the Egyptian word for Beloved (see the name Merari). On a Hebrew stage, most scholars derive the name Miriam from the verb mara (mara) meaning to be rebellious, disobedient. A derivation from this verb is meri (meri) meaning rebellion (see the name Meribah). Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Their Rebellion. NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Obstinacy, Stubbornness.