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What does Mary mean?

Mary Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH star, sea, saint, virgin, biblical, great, queen


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, Polly

SEE ALSO Annamaria, Asia, Elma, Fatima, Khadija, Luz, Maery, Mairin, Mariah, Marika, Marisela, Maristela, Marjo, Marlin, Marlisa, Maya, Meiriona, Merry, Moriah, Rosemary

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, Myree

MASCULINE FORMS Mabry, Mario, Marion, Merritt



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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 #126. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mary name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mary outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Mia (#7 FROM RECENT DATA), Maya (#61), Maria (#116), Molly (#158), Mariah (#217), Malia (#254), Mariana (#286), Miriam (#303), Fatima (#344), Rosemary (#454), Mira (#465), Myra (#491), Mariam (#548), Maryam (#565), Marie (#576), Maren (#607), Marilyn (#610), Mara (#681), Miah (#819), Marianna (#834), Marissa (#882), Luz (#1003), Mercedes (#1070), Mollie (#1125), Moriah (#1189), Marian (#1210), Asia (#1267), Mariella (#1269), Khadija (#1321), Marin (#1382), Marigold (#1417), Mayra (#1501), Mariela (#1547), Maura (#1576), Marion (#1605), Moira (#1606), May (#1645), Maritza (#1682), Marielle (#1772), Maribel (#1820), Mari (#1861), Maryann (#1934), Marlo (#1980), Maurine, Polly, Mayme, Mimi, Muriel, Maymie, Merry, Mitzi, Mea, Minnie, Maureen, Annamaria, Maryssa, Mariette, Dolores, Elma, Maira, Mallie, Mame, Mamie, Maree, Mariann, Marianne, Mariel, Marietta, Marika, Marylou, Marilee, Marilla, Marisa, Marisela, Marita, Marla, Maryanne, Marybeth, Maryjo, Marylee, Marylin and Mariska are the popular alternative forms of Mary (#126). Usage of these forms of Mary was at its highest 98 years ago (USAGE OF 9.8%) and is now significantly diminished (USAGE 2.3%, DOWN 76.8%), with versions such as Maryanne falling out of fashion. The more fashionable girl names here are Malia, Maren, Mira, Maya, Maryam, Mariam, Mara, Marianna, Khadija, Mariella, Fatima, Miah and Mia.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mary, Annamaria, Asia, Dolores, Elma in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fatima, Khadija, Luz, Maira, Malia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mallie, Mame, Mamie, Mara, Maree in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maren, Mari, Maria, Mariah, Mariam in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marian, Mariana, Mariann, Marianna, Marianne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maribel, Marie, Mariel, Mariela, Mariella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marielle, Marietta, Mariette, Marigold, Marika in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marilee, Marilla, Marilyn, Marin, Marion in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marisa, Marisela, Mariska, Marissa, Marita in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maritza, Marla, Marlo, Maryam, Maryann in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maryanne, Marybeth, Maryjo, Marylee, Marylin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marylou, Maryssa, Maura, Maureen, Maurine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of May, Maya, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mea, Mercedes, Merry, Mia, Miah in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mimi, Minnie, Mira, Miriam, Mitzi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Moira, Mollie, Molly, Moriah, Muriel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Myra, Polly, Rosemary in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mary, Maria, Mariah, Mariam, Marissa outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maryam, Maya, Mia, Mira, Mollie, Molly outside U.S.

Similar 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-sounding 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.

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