It is a female name of Latin origin, from “mīro > mīrari > mīrandus,” meaning “wonderful, extraordinary, amazing, be shocked, worthy of admiration.” Miranda is one of the principal characters of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. She is the only female character to appear on stage during the play and is one of only three women mentioned. The first documented use of the name is already in 1687. Miranda began to spread only from the 20th century onwards. There are no holy names for Miranda, so the name is apt.