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Meaning of Mary

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Meaning

The name Mary has the following meaning:

Star of the sea. Derives from the Latin words "Stella Maris". Also means "bitter" in Hebrew. In the Bible, Mary was the mother of Jesus Christ. This name remained popular for many centuries due to the spread of Christianity.
This name can be given to both baby boys and girls. It is a unisex name.

Popularity

As a baby girl name, Mary is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 55 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Mary fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 5 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 102 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Mary in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics

Pronunciation

The name Mary is pronounced as mare-ee

Origins

Mary originates from the Hebrew language.

See other suggested Hebrew baby names.

Related names

The following names are baby names related to Mary and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Mary: Boys - Adriel, Dathan, Dori, Dov, Dovev, Haskell, Mordecai, Mordechai, Nadav, Nirel, Noam, Solomon, Girls - Alia, Eve, Galilea, Johnna, Mahala, Mahalah, Mozell, Orah, Salome, Sherron, Both genders - Anna, Betty, David

Variants

Nicknames

Common nicknames for the name Mary are: Molly, Mamie, May, Mitzi, Polly

Style

We think the name Mary should fall under the following style category: Biblical.

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Impression

Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Mary to be: Kind and likable woman

In one word, you might describe Mary as a(n) "likeable" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Mary (or its variants) are:

Mary Steenburgen, born on 8 February, a famous actress. Mary Steenburgen's background: An Academy Award-winning American actress.

Mary Joe Fernandez Godsick, born on 19 August, a famous athlete. Mary Joe Fernandez Godsick's background: A former professional tennis player from the United States of Spanish (father) and Spanish-Cuban descent.

Mary Patricia McAleese, born on 27 June, a famous politician. Mary Patricia McAleese's background: The eighth, and current President of Ireland.
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