Meaning and Name Origin
Mary \m(a)-ry\ 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▼.
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 has 38 more alternative forms via Dolores, Maira, Mari, Maribel, Marigold, Marisa, Marissa, Mercedes, Mia, Miriam: Lola▲, Mairi, Mairim, Mareesa, Mareisa, Maressa, Maricia, Marilou, Marilu, Marisa▼, Marisha, Marisse, Mariza, Maryam▲, Marycruz, Maryssa, Mea, Merced, Meriam, Meris, Meryam, Meryssa, Meya, Miah▲, Mira▲, Mirham, Mirian, Mirja, Mirjam, Miryam, Miyana, Morisa, Morysa, Myra▼, Myrah, Myree, Myriah and Myriam▼.
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 (#12571 out of 88799, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Mary and affiliated names. Mia (#6 last year), Maya (#74), Maria (#115), Molly (#122), Lola (#236), 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), May, Marylin, Maureen, Maura, Maurine, Marylou, Minnie, Moira, Muriel, Myriam, Polly, Mitzi, Maryjo, Maymie, Mayra, Merry, Mimi, Mayme, Maritza, Mari, Maren, Marian, Mariann, Maribel, Marianne, Mamie, Mame, Elma, Dolores, Luz, Maira, Mallie, Mariel, Mariela, Marla, Marita, Marlo, Maryann, Maryanne, Marisela, Marisa, Marilee, Marietta, Marilou, Marin, Marion and Marybeth are the popular alternative forms of Mary (#120 last year) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names was at its highest during 1950-1959 and is somewhat lower today, with versions such as Mercedes, Asia, Maritza, Marisa and Luz falling out of fashion. The more fashionable girl names here are Maryam (#597), Mira (#613), Marilyn (#405), Mariam (#568) and Miah (#622). (2014 Birth Statistics)
Mary is pronounced similarly to Mahra, Marah, Maraya, Marra, Meara, Mera, Miri and Mora. 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 frequently used than Mary.