MARY
GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: MER-ee (English), MAR-ee (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Usual English form of Maria, which was the Latin form of the New Testament Greek names Μαριαμ (Mariam) and Μαρια (Maria) - the spellings are interchangeable - which were from the Hebrew name מִרְיָם (Miryam). The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love".

This is the name of several New Testament characters, most importantly Mary the virgin mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. Due to the Virgin Mary this name has been very popular in the Christian world, though at certain times in some cultures it has been considered too holy for everyday use. In England it has been used since the 12th century, and it has been among the most common feminine names since the 16th century. The Latinized form Maria is also used in English as well as in several other languages.

This name has been borne by two queens of England, as well as a Queen of Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots. Another notable bearer was Mary Shelley (1797-1851), the author of 'Frankenstein'. A famous fictional character by this name was Mary Poppins, from the children's books by P. L. Travers.

Related Names
VARIANTS: Maria, Marie, Maree (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Mariam, Maryam (Arabic), Mariam (Armenian), Maria, Miren, Maia (Basque), Maryia (Belarusian), Maria, Mariam (Biblical Greek), Miriam (Biblical Hebrew), Maria (Biblical Latin), Mari (Breton), Mariya (Bulgarian), Maria, Mariona, Ona (Catalan), Maria (Corsican), Marija, Maja, Mara, Mare, Marica, Marijeta, Mojca (Croatian), Marie, Madlenka, Maja, Marika (Czech), Mari, Maria, Marie, Maiken, Maja, Majken, Marianne, Mia (Danish), Maria, Marja, Marjo, Mirjam, Jet, Maaike, Manon, Marianne, Marieke, Mariëtte, Marijke, Marijse, Marike, Mariska, Marita, Marjan, Meike, Mia, Mieke, Miep, Mies, Ria (Dutch), Maarja, Mari, Mirjam, Maarika, Marika (Estonian), Maaria, Maria, Marja, Marjaana, Marjo, Mirjam, Mirjami, Jaana, Maarika, Maija, Mari, Marianne, Marika, Marita, Maritta, Marjatta, Marjukka, Marjut, Miia, Mirja (Finnish), Marie, Myriam, Manon, Marianne, Marielle, Mariette, Marion, Marise (French), Maria, Maike, Mareike (Frisian), María (Galician), Mariam, Mariami, Meri (Georgian), Maria, Marie, Miriam, Mirjam, Maike, Maja, Mareike, Marianne, Mariele, Marita, Meike, Mia, Mitzi, Ria (German), Maria, Marika (Greek), Malia, Mele (Hawaiian), Miriam (Hebrew), Mariamne (History), Mária, Mara, Mari, Marica, Marika, Mariska (Hungarian), María, Mæja (Icelandic), Máire, Maura, Moira, Mairenn, Máirín, Mallaidh, Maureen, Maurine, Moyra (Irish), Maria, Marianna, Mariella, Marietta, Mimi (Italian), Marija (Latvian), Marija (Lithuanian), Marija, Maja (Macedonian), Moirrey, Voirrey (Manx), Mere (Maori), Malle, Molle (Medieval English), Mari, Maria, Marie, Maiken, Maja, Marianne, Mia (Norwegian), Maria (Occitan), Maryam (Persian), Maria, Maja, Marika, Maryla, Marzena (Polish), Maria, Mariana, Mariazinha (Portuguese), Maria (Romanian), Mariya, Marya, Manya, Maryana, Masha (Russian), Márjá (Sami), Màiri, Maura, Moira, Moyra (Scottish), Marija, Maja, Mara, Marica (Serbian), Mária, Maja, Marika (Slovak), Marija, Mirjam, Maja, Marica, Mojca (Slovene), María, Marita (Spanish), Maritza (Spanish (Latin American)), Mari, Maria, Marie, Maja, Majken, Marianne, Mia, My (Swedish), Meryem (Turkish), Mariya (Ukrainian), Meryem (Uyghur), Mair, Mari, Mairwen (Welsh), Mirele (Yiddish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #121 
England/Wales  ranked #241 
Canada (BC)  - 
Australia (NSW)  - 
France  - 
Ireland  ranked #71 
Northern Ireland  -