[ 3 syll. mo-riah, mor-i-ah ] The baby girl name Moriah is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced Mow-RAY-ah (English) †. Moriah has its origins in the Hebrew language. It is used largely in English and Hebrew. The name Moriah means 'seen by Yahweh, bitterness of Yahweh'. It is a biblical name from ra'ah which means 'to see' ; yahweh 'name of God'. The first name is derived from the place name, known in the Bible as the holy mountain where Abraham was commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac.
Moriah has 16 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Marayah, Marriah, Meriah, Moraia, Moraiah, Mori, Morise, Moriya, Morria, Morriah, Morya, and Moryah.
Moriah is an all-time favorite. Today it is still somewhat popular as a baby girl name, but to a lesser degree than it was before. The name increased in popularity from the 1980s up to the 1990s; prior to that, it was of only irregular use. At the modest peak of its usage in 1995, 0.027% of baby girls were named Moriah. It had a ranking of #480 then. The baby name has experienced a drop in frequency since then. In 2015, it ranked at #976 with a usage of 0.014%, but it was nevertheless the most popular out of all girl names in its family. Moriah has mainly been a baby girl name in the last century.
Baby names that sound like Moriah include Maarika, Maeria, Maheera, Mahiera, Mahirah, Mahyra, Maiara, Mairia, Mairsile, Manara, Manarra, Mannara, Mannarra, Manyara, Manyarah, Maraike, Marayah, Marcea, Marchesa, and Marchessa.
† Pronunciation for Moriah: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"