What does Mary mean?
Mary /mary/ as a girls' name is pronounced MARE-ee. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Mary is "star of the sea".
Saint Jerome associated the Virgin's name with the Latin phrase "stella maris". Other possible meanings are (Hebrew) "wished-for child; rebellion; sea of bitterness". Variant of Miriam. Biblical: the virgin mother of Christ. Mary became the object of great veneration in the Catholic Church. Through the centuries, names like Dolores and Mercedes have been created to express aspects of Mary. Mary is also used in blends and compound names. See also Maira, Mari, Maribel, Marigold, Marisa, Marissa, and Mia. Actresses Mary Pickford, Mary Martin, Mary Stuart Masterson; Queen Mary of Scots; artist Mary Cassatt; writer Mary Shelley; political strategist Mary Matalin; pop singer Mary J Blige.
Mary has 103 variants: Mair, Maire, Mal, Malia▲, Mallie▼, Mame, Mamie▼, Manette, Manon, Manya, Mara▲, Marabel, Marabelle, Mare, Maree, Marella, Marelle, Maren, Maretta, Marette, Maria, Mariam▲, Marian▼, Mariana▲, Mariann▼, Marianna, Marianne▼, Marice, Maridel, Marie▼, Mariel▼, Mariela▼, Mariella, Marielle, Marietta▼, Mariette, Marilee▼, Marilin, Marilla, Marilyn▲, Marin, Marion▼, Mariquilla, Mariquita, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza▼, Marja, Marjan, Marje, Marla▼, Marlo▼, Marya, Maryann▼, Maryanne▼, Marybel, Marybell, Marybeth▼, Maryjo▼, Marylee, Marylin▼, Marylou▼, Marylu, Marysa, Maryse, Marysia, Masha, Maura▼, Maure, Maureen▼, Maurene, Maurine▼, Maurise, Maurita, Maurizia, Mavra, May▼, Mayme▼, Maymie▼, Mayra▼, Mayria, Meridel, Meriel, Mimi, Minette, Minnie▼, Minny, Miriam, Mitzi▼, Moira, Moire, Moll, Mollie▼, Molly▲, Morag, Moya, Muire, Murial, Muriel▼, Murielle, Poll and Polly▼.
Mary has 19 more alternative forms via Dolores, Maira, Mari, Maribel, Marigold, Marisa, Marissa, Mercedes, Mia, Miriam: Mairi, Mairim, Marilu, Marisa▼, Mariza, Maryam▲, Maryssa, Mea, Meris, Meryam, Meya, Miah▲, Mira▲, Mirja, Miryam, Morysa, Myra▼, Myrah and Myree.more]
How popular is Mary?
Mary is a very prominent first name for women (#1 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#12780 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name history of Mary for girls. Mary reached its peak position of #1 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is presently at #120. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
Mia (#6 from recent data), Maya (#74), Maria (#115), Molly (#122), Mariah (#136), Miriam (#305), Fatima (#328), Mariana (#331), Malia (#345), Marilyn (#405), Marissa (#473), Mariam (#568), Rosemary (#575), Marie (#579), Maryam (#597), Mira (#613), Miah (#622), Myra (#638), Mara (#695), Mollie (#803), Asia (#806), Marianna (#868), Moriah (#977), Mercedes (#984), Marylin, May, Maureen, Maura, Marylou, Maurine, Minnie, Mitzi, Moira, Muriel, Polly, Maryjo, Mimi, Maymie, Mayra, Merry, Mayme, Maritza, Mari, Maren, Marian, Mariann, Marianne, Mamie, Mame, Elma, Dolores, Luz, Maira, Mallie, Maribel, Mariel, Marla, Marita, Marlo, Maryann, Maryanne, Marisela, Marisa, Marietta, Mariela, Marilee, Marin, Marion and Marybeth are the popular alternative forms of Mary (#120 from recent data). Adoption of these forms of Mary was at its highest during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.31%) and is almost as conventional today (usage 0.18%, down 40.7%), but with versions such as Mercedes, Asia, Maritza, Marisa and Luz falling out of fashion. Maryam, Mira, Marilyn, Mariam, Miah, Mara, Mia, Maya, Molly, Mariah, Fatima, Mariana, Malia and Marissa, and there is also a resurgence in birth name usage for Mariah and Mariana.
Thinking of names?
Mary is pronounced similarly to Mahra, Marah, Maraya, Marra, Maurie, Meara, Meera, Meira, Mera, Merah, Merri, Mirah, Mireya▼, Miri, Mirra, Mora, Morah, Moria and Moyra. Other suggested similar baby names are Barry, Carry, Cary, Clary, Cory, Eiry, Karry, Kary, Kory, Mab, Macy▲, Maddy, Madra, Mady, Maggy, Mai▼, Maisy, Mali, Mally, Malory, Mandy▼, Marcy▼, Marfa, Marg, Marga, Marge▼, Margey, Margi, Margo▼, Margy, Marjy, Marley▲, Marlys▼, Marna, Marney, Marsey, Mart, Marte, Marth, Marti, Marty, Maryk, Maryka, Maryl, Maryn, Maryon, Marys, Mata, Maud▼, Mave, Maxi, Maxy, Maye▼, Rory, Tory and Zary. These names tend to be less frequently used than Mary.