Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Adorable.”

Pronunciation: (mih-RAN-da)

Nicknames: Mira, Miri, Mia,

Detail: The name is derived from the root word mirari “to admire; to wonder at”; it was invented by Shakespeare for the daughter of Prospero in his play The Tempest.

Miranda is the smallest and innermost of Uranus’ five major moons.


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Gender: Masculine

Origin: Italian

Meaning: “Affectionate; benevolent.”

Pronunciation: (ben-VOH-lee-oh); (ben-VOL-yo)

Nicknames: Ben, Volo

Detail: In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Benvolio is Romeo’s cousin and close friend