Derived from the Latin word, mirandus, it was the name created by Shakespeare for the heroine in the play, "The Tempest." This is also the name of one of the 27 known moons of Uranus discovered in 1948. It peaked as a top 100 choice for girls from 1991 to 1999 ad continues to be popular partly due to actress Miranda Otto who appeared in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" in 2002 and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" in 2003. Actress Miranda Richardson also comes to mind. A trendy name with its "a" ending.