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▼.
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.Creative forms:
(female) Mory, Myrry, ..
(male) Maer, Maryre, .. Middle name pairings:
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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)
Mary reached its peak position of #1 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is presently at #124. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Mia (#6 from recent data), Maya (#69), Maria (#109), Molly (#144), Mariah (#155), Miriam (#294), Mariana (#296), Fatima (#311), Malia (#313), Marilyn (#426), Rosemary (#518), Marissa (#540), Mariam (#563), Marie (#564), Maryam (#567), Mira (#586), Myra (#597), Miah (#615), Mara (#739), Marianna (#853), Asia (#907), Luz (#959), Moriah (#976), Mollie (#1001), Mercedes (#1093), Marian (#1104), Maren (#1113), Maritza (#1201), Mayra (#1275), Khadija (#1329), Maribel (#1423), Mariella (#1433), Marin (#1471), Maura (#1490), Marion (#1527), Mariela (#1560), Moira (#1645), May (#1658), Marielle (#1808), Maryann (#1809), Mariel (#1839), Marisa (#1905), Marianne (#1985), Mayme, Maureen, Polly, Maurine, Maymie, Mitzi, Minnie, Merry, Mea, Mimi, Muriel, Mariska, Mariann, Mari, Marietta, Mariette, Marika, Maree, Mamie, Elma, Dolores, Maira, Mallie, Mame, Marilee, Marilla, Maryjo, Marybeth, Marylee, Marylin, Marylou, Maryanne, Marlo, Marisela, Annamaria, Marita, Marla and Maryssa are the popular alternative forms of Mary (#124 from recent data). Usage of these forms of Mary was at its highest 135 years ago (usage of 12.7%) and is now significantly diminished (usage 2.4%, down 80.9%), with versions such as Marlo falling out of fashion. The more fashionable girl names here are Mira, Maryam, Mariam, Miah, Mara, Marianna, Fatima, Mia and Maya.
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 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.See names in meaning and etymology.