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Meaning and name origin
Mary \m(a)-ry\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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.
For more information, see also related girl names Annamaria, Asia, Elma, Fatima, Khadija, Luz, Maery, Mairin, Marika, Marisela, Maristela, Marjo, Marlin, Marlisa, Maya, Meiriona, Merry, Moriah and Rosemary.
Mary is a very popular first name for females (#1 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#12571 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Mary for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Mary and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Asia, Dolores, Elma, Fatima, Luz, Maira, Malia, Mallie, Mame, Mamie, Mara, Maren, Mari, Maria, Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann, Marianna, Marianne, Maribel, Marie, Mariel, Mariela, Marietta, Marika, Marilee, Marilyn, Marin, Marion, Marisa, Marisela, Marissa, Marita, Maritza, Marla, Marlo, Mary, Maryann, Maryanne, Marybeth, Maryjo, Marylin, Marylou, Maura, Maureen, Maurine, May, Maya, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra, Mercedes, Merry, Mia, Mimi, Minnie, Miriam, Mitzi, Moira, Mollie, Molly, Moriah, Muriel, Polly and Rosemary. (2015 statistics).
Mary is also pronounced similarly to Mahra, Mairi, Marah, Maraya, Marra, Meara, Mera, Mira, Miri, Mora and Myra. Other suggested similar baby names are Cary, Kary, Macy, Mady, Marcy, Marg, Margy, Marjy, Mart, Marty, Maryk, Maryl, Maryn, Marys, Maxy and Zary. These names tend to be less commonly used than Mary.
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