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According to Jewish tradition, Miriam (the name Mary comes from) means "bitterly wished for child".
Miss Claire  12/5/2004
This name was considered a holy name by the middle class English people.
savonarola  4/8/2005
Meryl Streep has a daughter named Mary Willa.
Destry  4/14/2005
Very popular in the Victorian era. Has dropped from popularity, but a large amount of Catholics have it as a middle name or second middle name, especially in Quebec.
goneaway  5/16/2005
A famous bearer of the name is Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2005
It actually means "living fragrance".
mariej2  7/24/2005
There is a ghost story about someone who is called Mary. She died and became Bloody Mary. Queen Elizabeth 1's sister was called Mary. Everyone called her Bloody Mary when she was queen, because she did many very bloody acts.
SeaShellClub  8/10/2005
Mary, however common (and being the name of the Christians' Holy Mother), is a lovely, timeless name. My paternal grandmother (1921-2004) was christened Mary Frances.

Mary Tudor, half-sister of Elizabeth I and queen of England, was reknowned for her steadfast Catholic ties and for her dislike of Protestantism, thus leading to her fierce and bloody crusade against the Protestants during her short reign, which earned her the nickname "Bloody Mary".

I wouldn't say that this name is common, but when "Mary" is called out, there's sure to be at least a score (20) of heads that will turn.

Mary, and one of its pet forms, Molly, has been used among the gay community to refer to the more feminine gay men.
― Anonymous User  9/2/2005
Begging your pardon, but Mary is the CATHOLICS' Holy Mother, not the Christians' Holy Mother.
― Anonymous User  6/23/2006
For the person that put that "this is the Catholic's mother of god not Christians" you're just crazy! Us Christians also have the virgin Mary as our mother of god! Dang!
Kestrel-Bowman-Pinto  2/5/2007
Actually I am a Protestant, and I can tell you that it is only the Catholic branch of Christianity that has the Virgin Mary as their Holy Mother. Protestants believe if too much attention is focused on Mary, we will not properly worship the Father and the Son.
tomboy  5/19/2007
The ledgend of how to see Bloody Mary is to stand in front of the mrror with candles or a light on at night in the full moon, then turn around 3 times saying: "Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary." Then the lights will go out and you will see Mary in the mirror.
― Anonymous User  12/1/2005
Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein and wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, was a famous bearer of this name.
ars musica  12/3/2005
Mary Tyler Moore is a famous actress and animal-rights activist.
breakofday  12/9/2005
Mary Lou Retton was an Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics. Not only that but she has a great smile.
breakofday  12/16/2005
I think this name is boring and overused. I prefer the unique variations that have sprang from Mary, such as Marianne.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2006
I agree this name is boring and overused. I've always thought its spelling and sound are plain and anything but special. Maria is more unique,I guess.
Lily Anastasia  3/4/2006
Mary-Kate Olsen is an... actress?? lol.
lindamaree  3/8/2006
Nice but a bit dull.
lindamaree  3/8/2006
What does 'sea of bitterness' mean?
― Anonymous User  3/19/2006
There is a Celtic (more specifically, Gaelic) form of Mary, spelled Maery, which means "bittersweet". It's a fairly common name in Ireland.
Saralisse  3/23/2006
I have to agree, Mary is pretty but it is overused and sounds boring now.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2006
Elle Fanning (actress) is actually named Mary Elle Fanning.
3011112ed  5/10/2006
Extremly boring name, sorry to everyone who has this name.
JungKyungSoon  6/8/2006
Very unpopular, murderous queen {supposedly}, Mary Queen of Scots.
Tudor  6/14/2006
I believe that this name was a derivative of the Greek or Hebrew 'miriam' which means to heal with a sting, or bitter healing, supposedly myrths of cassia and allure, in similarity meaning of the cliche 'the truth hurts'.
marysam  6/17/2006
I think this name is lovely, but the only Mary I have ever met was a total spoiled brat. Left me with a bad impression. I prefer Miriam much better, less common and I like that is it the original name. I am a bit tradional!
Jen-Nigh  6/22/2006
Now Mary is more commonly used as a middle name as it is rather boring. One of my sister's middle names is Mary after various older members of our family. I prefer the variations on it such as Maria, Marie, Marianna etc.
― Anonymous User  7/5/2006
Personally, I do not think that the name Mary is boring or overused. I think that this name conveys a sense of gentleness and grace.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2006
I don't like the sound of this name--I much prefer Maria, which seems to be the name of every other Spanish/Hispanic woman. Tad overused ;), though wonderful all the same. However, despite my dislike of the sound, I do really like this name, because of the Blessed Mother Mary.
Lancelot  7/31/2006
A famous bearer is Jesus's mother, Mary.
Another is Mary Magdalene, one of the girls that saw that Jesus was risen and saw the angel.
Sarasponda  8/10/2006
Mary is the name of the main character in The Secret Garden.
FairyGirl  8/14/2006
In Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," Mary is the third of the five Bennet daughters.
DLB  8/30/2006
According to the Social Security Administration Mary was either #1 or #2 on the most popular list from 1880 to 1965. Wow! It was definitely overused for YEARS. However, the name has been on the decline every since. In 2005 it was #72 on the most popular list.
rachb76  9/3/2006
Mary very well might be a bit of a plain-Jane (plain-Mary?) name, but it will forever be a classic. It's very pretty in its simplicity, and makes for a nice middle name.
aqualime  9/27/2006
I like this name because it goes with anything. You can have Mary-Jane, Jane Mary. Elizabeth Mary, Mary Elizabeth. Annabel Mary, Mary Annabel. In my opinion, THE PERFECT NAME!
bellaboo  10/5/2006
I love this name. All girls are created in Her Holy Image. Sadly, this name has become extremley popular. If you like the name Mary, use a variant, like Maria, Marie, or Mairead.
xKatiex  10/20/2006
I once read that it meant "bitter", as in "bitterly loved".
arrowhead909  11/4/2006
The name Mary is so refreshing. I have come to love this name.
candleburn  11/5/2006
Mary is an anagram of the word army.
― Anonymous User  11/23/2006
I know this is quite an old fashioned name, but I would definitely use it for a child today, because it's so sweet and pretty.
Hero  11/25/2006
There are authors named Mary Higgins Clark and Mary Jane Clark.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
"Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb, Mary had a little lamb, whose fleece was white as snow..."
lily2040  12/3/2006
Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of president Abraham Lincoln, bore this name as well.
Missy  12/10/2006
Mary Poppins is a famous bearer!
― Anonymous User  12/11/2006
I hate this name. It is boring and overused. Some people think it is a good name but I think they are wrong. Very wrong. It is one of the most awful names I have ever heard of. And it doesn't help that it means sorrow or bitterness.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2006
Bearer is author Mary Hoffman, mother of fellow author Rhiannon Lassiter. ;)
Surreal  12/27/2006
This name has been used to excess, but I still think that Mary is a lovely, wholesome, classic name. Both of my grandmothers have had a form of Mary in their names; maternal: Natalie Marie; paternal: Mary Frances. All of the few Marys that I have known have been kind people, and I have had a good impression of the name.
gaelruadh19  12/28/2006
I think that Mary as a middle name is a filler name now (like Jane or Anne). Like if they really didn't plan a middle name and didn't want her to have no middle name.
― Anonymous User  1/6/2007
In the novels 'Witch Child' and 'Sorceress' by Celia Rees, Mary is the main character, who is later named Eyes of a Wolf by her new Native American 'family'.
Surreal  1/13/2007
Mary is technically my first name while Grace is my middle name. However, my parents never intended for me to go by "Mary", my name was "Mary Grace." I ended up going by the name "Gracie", but I think that Mary Grace is one of the prettiest names in the world and I plan on going by it as an adult.
gracielou16  1/22/2007
It seems everyone is always tacking other names to the end of Mary: Mary-Grace, Mary-Jo, Mary-Kate, Mary-Pat, Mary-Elizabeth, Mary-Anne, the list could go on and on and on.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2007
Mary McLeod Bethune was a black American woman born shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation. She started Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona, Florida, to give young black girls a classical, practical, and spiritual education.
breakofday  2/6/2007
Mary is a character in the popular video game Devil May Cry 3. Throughout the game, the main character Dante calls her Lady. It's later revealed that her name is actually Mary.
Dark Whysper  2/26/2007
I love the name Mary, it has a soft feel about it. I'm also Catholic which encourages me to like it even more. I think this name is great and again because I'm Catholic I have met families in which every daughter has Mary as their first name, but they go by their middle name.
YMPvt  3/4/2007
My name is Mary-Rose, but I tend to just go by Mary, and I've had a very happy 24 years with the name. I'd much rather be a Mary then something trashy like Madysynn.
maryrose  4/10/2007
I think the name Mary sounds plain and dull and a bit ugly. But I think it also sounds comforting and gentle, like somebody's grandma.
lisa_7  4/11/2007
Mary Cassatt was an American painter who lived in Paris and became part of the French Impressionist's movement. She painted and associtated with Degas, Renoir, and Monet among others. She was well known for her paintings of mothers and children.
Missy  4/27/2007
Mary Kay Bergman was a voice actress who provided most of the female voices in the first 3 seasons of South Park and for the movie too. She commited suicide.
Rockos_Modern_Life_1  5/24/2007
A pretty name that can also be used as a middle name.
― Anonymous User  5/25/2007
Mary-Sue Pleasant is a character in the games The Sims 2. In the game, her husband is cheating on her with the maid.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2007
This is actress Nicole Kidman's middle name.
Eee  6/13/2007
Mary Boleyn, sister of Henry VIII's 2nd wife, was also known to be his mistress during his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.
― Anonymous User  6/18/2007
My name is Mary Anna, and although I go by just Anna (to differentiate between my grandmothers, both of whom are named Mary Anne), I do like the name. It might be old-fashioned and overused, but that really shouldn't matter. Name your child whatever you want. I do admit though, that I have been jokingly refered to as "Bloody Mary" because of my fondness for bloody horror movies. There are also a few (idiotic) boys who ask me where's my little lamb. I've learned to ignore it. After seventeen years, I can ignore anything. :)
anna  6/21/2007
"Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" is an English nursery rhyme.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And marigolds all in a row.

An alternate of the first line is "Mistress Mary, quite contrary," The last line is also alternated as "And pretty maids all in a row."

The rhyme is thought to have reference to Mary I of Scottland and Mary I of England.
golden_eyes  6/26/2007
In Britain, Mary is pronounced MAIR-ee, not as MER-ee. It would be nice if this pronunication could be added to the entry, as not everyone who uses this site is American!
maryrose  6/28/2007
MAIR-ee = MER-ee.
By this site's pronunciation guide, the word "air" would be pronounced ER.
Mike C  6/29/2007
Mary Katherine Gallagher is the name of Molly Shannon's character in Superstar. Also, Cameron Diaz's name is Mary in There's Something About Mary.
allie morman  6/30/2007
Famous bearer: Meryl Streep was technically born Mary Louise Streep.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2007
Also, Farrah Fawcett was technically born Mary Farrah Fawcett.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2007
Actress Mary Astor (1906-1987) is a famous bearer of this name. She was born Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke.
BlueSomehow  8/7/2007
Canadian silent film actress Mary Pickford is a bearer of this name.
carenmuffin  8/15/2007
I dislike this name highly. It's WAY too overused. To plain for me.
applemilk  9/7/2007
I like this name. I think it's very pretty.
flamestar  9/30/2007
Beautiful name! I will be naming my first daughter Mary Katherine. :)
Erika Christine  10/5/2007
I have this name and I have to say, it is a bit overused. My great-grandmother was called Mary-Edna. I was named after her in the Mary part. I remember during middle school, there were four Marys in my class other than me. I was called by my middle name, which made it even more confusing because there was two other girls named Amanda too. Lol.
Lady Silver-kun  10/9/2007
A very sweet name for a girl.
Zoey3453  10/21/2007
Mary Read, one of the notorious female pirates on "Calico" Jack Rackham's ship during the Golden Age of Piracy.
― Anonymous User  10/25/2007
Famous bearer includes Mary Ingalls, the elder sister of famous author Laura Ingalls Wilder, and daughter of Charles & Caroline Ingalls.

Mary's character was in all of the 'Little House' books, portrayed by Melissa Sue Anderson in the famous '70's-'80's television series, and also in many miniseries and movies based off of the life of the Ingalls Family.

Mary Ingalls was born in 1865. She went blind as a teenager as a result from a case of scarlet fever she had had previously. She died in 1928.
Sarah Elizabeth  10/31/2007
Maria has been more popular than Mary since 1996. If you are thinking of naming a child Maria instead of Mary because Mary has been more popular, you should be aware that there are more Marias than Marys in the future generation. I think both names are lovely.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2007
A Mary Sue is an unrealistically perfect character in stories and fanfics who can do no wrong. This association has ruined this name for me.
― Anonymous User  12/8/2007
The name was so common that people rejected it. Now, the name is so rare that I think it's due for a comeback. It's a winner.
johann14  12/9/2007
A famous bearer is fictional character Mary Callahan from the movie "Universal Signs". She is played by Sabrina Lloyd.
Maggie_Simpson  12/25/2007
My middle name, but only goes well with long first names.
― Anonymous User  1/21/2008
I prefer it used combined with a middle name. Such as Mary-Elizabeth.
Patricia Underwood  2/6/2008
It is mostly from all the wonderful namesakes and the sheer simplicity of this name that I love it. I am delighted how much it has fallen out of popularity and it's becoming a more unique and less bland name.
joli_dans_titre1  2/22/2008
It's quite plain on its own, but I love it combined with another name - for example, Mary-Lou. Especially if the second name is something a bit unexpected instead of a standard like Mary-Anne. I also love Mary-Jane (M.J.) but I think the drug reference has kind of killed it.
aquamarina  2/28/2008
I love this name! I don't think it sounds plain at all. I think it's simple, but not plain. I love it because it's so simple but so pretty at the same time! X)
Jesus_Freak  3/1/2008
I agree that it only sounds good with long first names if being used for a middle name.
chrissiali  3/2/2008
Mary Sue Milliken is a chef and is included in the new book: In Their Shoes by Deborah Reber.
Patricia Underwood  3/7/2008
Singer Mary J. Blige is a famous bearer.
jasmineenimsaj  3/9/2008
Mary Ann Nichols (August 26, 1845 - August 31, 1888) was the first known victim of unidentified English serial killer Jack the Ripper. She was better known as Polly.
AndrewJKD  3/10/2008
Another famous bearer of this name is acclaimed stage actress Mary Martin (December 1, 1913-November 3, 1990). Among notable Broadway roles she originated included Maria in "The Sound of Music", Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific", and Peter Pan in "Peter Pan". She was recognized with Tony Awards for all 3 roles.
AndrewJKD  3/10/2008
Also used in Ireland.
Dianna475  3/25/2008
Mary Patricia McAleese is a famous bearer. She is Ireland's second female president and the world's first woman to succeed another woman as an elected head of state.
Dianna475  3/28/2008
This name has recently became one of my favorites! It's great for a middle name and I really want to honor Mother Mary.
spaz123  3/29/2008
I love the simplicity of Mary as a first name; also, she has so many lovely nicknames that you can call her by.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2008
Famous bearer = Mary Robinson. She is Ireland's first president or first female president and she was in Irish Parliament.
Dianna475  4/2/2008
Kind of like Catherine and Elizabeth, this name is a very safe choice that shouldn't lead to bullying or job discrimination. It's a name that suits little girls and grown women alike. However, it is a bit of a dull choice, and some surely name their daughters Mary for religious reasons, which looks like a sure sign that they value the poor girl's virginity more than her won wishes about her life when she's older. So, quite a few unwanted children have probably gotten this name when the parents haven't been in the mood for considering anything more than the common options. But this is a name that you can combine with other names, and there's nothing wrong with it per se.
slight night shiver  4/30/2008
After seeing your comments on the William and John pages, I came here to Mary specifically to see if you would make the same remark about unwanted children when it came to girls' names! Voila! Please stop believing that you can judge whether or not a child is wanted by his or her name. It's patently ridiculous. There must be many unwanted children with unusual names. Personally, I find Mary to be too generic, but I would never go on from there to say a baby named Mary is unwanted. Please stop being so insulting and accusatory towards parents of children with common names.
queenv  9/28/2008
It may have been overused in the past, but now I think that it would be a good choice for a name.
number1212  5/1/2008
Ho. Hum. This name is nice but WAY to overused. It is so BORING! But I think it would make a nice middle name.
― Anonymous User  5/2/2008
I love this sweet little name called Mary! I love to pronounce it as MER-y, NOT like MEIR-y, but almost as in merry, except not two r's. It's really sweet for a little girl and on an adult as well. I really adore this sweet little name! And it's Biblical as well-you can't go with Biblical names. Mia, Maya, Jessica, Destiny, Olivia, Isabella, and Madison can pass away along with Nevaeh, but Mary lives on forever! Because Biblical names, most of them are timeless!
diamond  5/18/2008
On June 17, 1880, twin sisters Mildred Widman Philippi and Mary Widman Franzini are born in St. Louis, Missouri. Both live to be 104 years old with Mildred passing away first on May 4, 1985.
Patricia Underwood  5/28/2008
Twin sisters, Mary (16 ounces) and Margaret (19 ounces), are born to Mrs. Florence Stimson of Old Fletton, Great Britain. They are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as lightest twins.
Patricia Underwood  5/28/2008
The Fischer quintuplets are born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the world's fourth surviving set of quints and the first in the United States. Jimmie, Cathy, Margie, Mary Ann and Maggie join five other siblings and are joined by a single baby sister, Cindy, born September 24, 1964.
Patricia Underwood  5/28/2008
Mary Carlson is one of the fictional Carlson septuplets.
Patricia Underwood  6/5/2008
In Victorian times this was a quite popular boy's name.
DontDissMadison  6/13/2008
Famosu bearers:
Actress Mary Elizabeth "Sissy" Špaček
Actress Mary-Louise Parker
Actress Mary Beth Pape
Actress Mary Anderson, 1859-1940
Actress Mary Anderson, born 1920
Skater Mary Anderson
Singer Mary Coughlan
And many more.
Emilie007  6/19/2008
Mary-Jane Watson from the Spiderman Comics!
padfoot443  7/12/2008
Mary Norris Allerton was the wife of Isaac Allerton, one of the most prominent Pilgrims to arrive at Plymouth Colony on "The Mayflower".
EmilyOlive  7/18/2008
Even though it is a very popular name, and people are getting bored of it, it is my first name, and I'm proud of it, it may not be my favorite name. But I think it's kind, even if there is a bloody Mary.
mary26  7/19/2008
I like this name, but it doesn't sound very original.
bananarama  8/5/2008
I think that the name Mary sounds better put together with Jane. Mary Jane sounds beautiful.
crushcrushcrush  9/16/2008
This name "Mary" was from the Lord's hand, He always had a PROPHETIC MEANING behind all the names He chose for history on Himself/for Himself. If you are a Bible Scholar, you would know what is behind the name "Mary" without research. Her mission was "to get THE WORD out" < that is the true meaning from God, Jesus is "The Word" ("The Word of God, made flesh and dwelt among us." < Scripture) That is why God had 5 Marys all around Him < He was making this point. And, Mary is known as "the first evangelist". She told all about the Lord's rising from the grave and witnessed (without this, there'd be no church/following). "To get The Word out" is the TRUE meaning of "Mary" THAT'S where the phrase came from < The church is founded on getting The Word out, that's what we do, and the Lord said the church is female "The bride of God" and there will be a wedding feast coming for us."His bride" for getting "Jesus" < "The Word of God" out there.
Skonecki  9/23/2008
Mary is the name of a Scissor Sisters song.
Hushpuppy  10/18/2008
This is my middle name, and I have to say that it embarrasses me, for people tend to think of it almost as a joke. The only other people I know with this name are my grandmothers, my mother and my elderly neighbor; The use of this name is becoming more and more sparse. It is a nice enough name, I suppose. But it's one that is picked on by today's youth.
BlackMartian923  10/28/2008
Timeless. I wish that Mary was back in fashion over tackier stuff like Madison. I think it works especially well as a double barreled name like Mary Violet, Mary Susanah and Mary Scarlett. Beautiful!
― Anonymous User  11/24/2008
The name Mary actually derives from Miryam. And the meaning for these names is "someone who is always worshiping God".
newport25  12/8/2008
I like the sound of this name, but I personally find it a bit too plain.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2008
The real name of the child known as "Boo" from the 2001 film 'Monsters, inc' is supposedly Mary, after her voice actress: Mary Gibbs.
― Anonymous User  12/30/2008
There have been some nice modern bearers of this name, unfortunately the religious connotations ruin it for me.
vomiting  3/3/2009
The main character in Betty Smith's coming of age novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, is named Mary Frances but is called Francie throughout.
willarose93  3/24/2009
Well, I think it's a beautiful name. I used to think it was hideously overused, but I don't really think it is anymore. It's got a nice, cute sound to it.
Golden Phoenix  3/28/2009
One of the first "classic" girls' names. I think it's beautiful and probably rarer now than it has been since Christianity came to England. There are enough variations and historical bearers to satisfy almost anybody.
britto08  5/27/2009
Mary is really a beautiful name, but I cannot think of any nicknames for it! I would use this as a middle name rather than a first name.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2009
According to, this name means "myrrh".
dramaelf  7/5/2009
Mary Ellen Walton was the daughter of John and Olivia Walton on the tv show the Waltons.
--allison--  8/9/2009
In my opinion, although this name may still be on the popular side because of all the Marys who were named when this name was more popular- and although it may also be on the plain side- this name is absolutely beautiful in all its simplicity. Plus, I've only known ONE Mary who's relatively around my age, and she seems nice. I much prefer this name to all it's variants: Marie, Maria, etc. And what name could ask for a better bearer? As a Roman Catholic, Mary the Blessed Mother plays a big role in my faith.
poppiesandsweettea  8/23/2009
At one time, 1 in 20 female babies were named Mary.

You can check the popularity for around 1910, it's true.
-Julia-  9/19/2009
I can't believe no one has mentioned MARY AUSTIN! Mary Austin was Freddie Mercury's "love of his life" (that is who he wrote the song for.)
lillyanna  12/20/2009
May is a nickname for Mary. My first daughter will be named Mary. I'll be using May as a nickname.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2010
Mary Seacole (1805-1881) was a Jamaican nurse who was involved in the Crimean War. She aided British soldiers through the use of herbal remedies.
bananarama  3/15/2010
I really do hate this name, and if you are planning on naming your daughter this, I beg you to reconsider.

Whenever I hear the name "Mary" it conjures up two images for me. I honestly think of these things:
1. A sickly, geriatric ewe with short fleece and dags around its behind (no doubt because of the nursery rhyme "Mary had a Little Lamb", only my mind distorts it to a more sinister creature)
2. Mary Bennet, from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". ENOUGH SAID.

There is nothing more repugnant than the name Mary. Do not fool yourself: it is not pretty, it is not dainty and feminine. It is weak, whingey and terribly archaic. I must confess I don't like Maria or Marie either, though they are slightly more tolerable than plain old "Mary".

I'm sorry if your name is Mary or Maria or Marie or any name similar to these. I'm sure you're a lovely person who thinks your name quite becoming, but I could never find any beauty in your name so as to give it to a child, a pet or a character in a story even.
sarah-grrrl  3/27/2010
Why does everybody have to be so hard about this name? I'm a bearer of this name (it's my first name) and I admit, I don't like it much but I feel terribly upset about all of people saying this name is a horrible just because it's roughly translated as "bitterness". I'm called Mary-Amanda and I'm not bitter (I can be on occasions) but that doesn't mean I'm a horrible person.
Lady Silver-kun  3/27/2010
Mary Miles Minter (April 1, 1902 – August 4, 1984) was an American film actress of the silent film era.
moonbaby9307  4/16/2010
I have a friend whose first name is Mary, but she goes by her middle name, Maureen, which I much prefer, both for her and all around. Mary is kind of plain, for both her and most girls. It doesn't show her much of her wonderful, unique personality.
TwilighterRenthead  4/18/2010
Mary Camden is a character from the popular TV show "7th Heaven" (1996-2007), played by Jessica Biel.
Jesussaves7193  4/18/2010
To the person who said they couldn't think of any nicknames: I have an older cousin, Mary Theresa, and we call her Marsey (MER-zee). :-)

But anyway, I think Mary is a very pretty name, and definitely not "overused" (I've only met one other person my age--18--with this name). I'd say Maria is far more common. But if I were to ever use the name Mary, her middle name would have to be Jane.
erb816  4/27/2010
The "MAIR-ee" pronunciation is also used in the northeastern U.S.
Kosta  6/28/2010
Scratch my last comment. Actually, "MAIR-ee" is the usual pronunciation in the States. It's just that in a large part of the country "merry" ("MER-ee") would be pronounced the same. (The northeast keeps the distinction.)
Kosta  6/28/2010
Mary Ann Britland (1847 - 1886) was the first woman executed by hanging Strangeways Prison, Manchester, England, after killing 3 people from March - May 1886.
AndrewJKD  7/3/2010
"Mary, Mary" a song by the Monkees is the reason I have become quite fond of the name.
alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
My impression of this name is that it's kind of like Sarah. It's nice, not a fad name, and can fit anybody. But still very overused.
Chrila96  11/12/2010
It's a simple name, but it's so pretty! I love the combination Mary-Jane, but everyone would think you named her after the Spiderman character.
Liesl  11/19/2010
I think it's creepy. Like a mean-old-witch-down-the-street name. When I picture it on a teen, I see a not-well-liked shy girl with glasses who's into secret occult practices, and on a little girl I think of a child who wears white Victorian dresses and plays with weird-looking dolls. I much prefer the alternatives Marie (mer-REE) or Maria.
Black_X  12/30/2010
Mary Jean Pearle was a famed victim of domestic violence. She was stalked and threatened by her ex-husband, John Battaglia, for years until he killed their two children (Liberty and Faith), and was sentenced to death.
DaphneSusan  1/9/2011
Mary is the name of the protagonist of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" by Carrie Ryan.
Dragon_Clarinet  6/23/2011
I really like Mary - it's a very sweet name. I'm a big fan of Mary as a double first name - Mary Jane, Mary Beth and Mary Kate are my favourites.
amazingtabby  7/10/2011
My name's Mary, & I can't put into words how much I hate that name and have always hated having it! The uber commonplaceness of it, makes me feel totally anonymous, and I just feel that my parents didn't describe me as anything but a typical person on the street, and that having this name contributes to me giving that impression to people - particularly, those who like the name Mary, who are always ultra commonplace people I feel an immediate revulsion towards! I am an original, sensitive and talented person, but Mary suggests just the opposite of that - all commonplace names suggest to me typical people, and that gives connotations of being undistinguished, untalented, uncreative, insensitive, cruel, crass - to sum up undesirably inferior and mundane - and also, to choose a commonplace name doesn't suggest imagination, so people often believe since your parents were obviously unimaginative, you must be the same. Mary is chosen as the typical name on the census, then time and again, as the first name for a typical person in scenarios in non-fiction books - it's very depressing for somebody who yearns to feel special. It's association with the mother of God also isn't very flattering, because pregnancy isn't essentially pretty - who thinks of a mother when they think of a pretty girl - rather, to be mumsy is to wear an apron and be plain! I think everyone deserves to feel special, and be honoured as an individual who belongs to a particular parent or family, not just to the sea of mass humanity - so I hope this very plain name has had it day.
― Anonymous User  7/12/2011
Giving you the name Mary was probably the best gift your parents ever gave you, as it associated you with ideals and personages far greater than you'll ever probably be able to aspire to. Mary is the 109th most popular name in 2010. That's hardly commonplace. I gather that you'd prefer to be named Kaylee or Keeley or Madison or one of the other trashy, fake names that every other trashy airhead is named these days. I bet that would make you feel real special, huh?
johann14  7/19/2011
Mary is a place in Turkmenistan.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2011
Mary Beale (1633-1699) was an English portrait painter.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2011
Mary is a very reserved sort of name, one that you have to consider carefully. Not just because of the Virgin Mary, the most obvious reason, but it has a very kind and caring feel to it. So it seems like the sort of name that adopted girls have, because you have to be kind and caring to adopt a child.
Hushpuppy  9/27/2011
Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844-1926) was an American painter and printmaker.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2011
I love the name Mary! It sounds very pretty.
meemeeandmama  10/27/2011
Ugh, Mary. It's been popular for, like, ever. Hasn't anyone gotten tired of hearing it?
Kinola  12/6/2011
You cannot use this name for a kid in England. Here it's seen as old fashioned, ugly, and it's used as slang all the time. I'm really surprised to read comments saying it's overused, because here barely anyone under 40 has this name.
ollyar  1/1/2012
Despite the extreme overuse, this name stays classic, to me at least, because it sounds timeless and now that it is becoming less common, maybe will regain some of the freshness it lost in the last one hundred years or so. It reminds me of a sweet little girl with braids, though this may have something to do with the fact I love Mary Pickford-another reason I don't think it's plain or boring.
sunshinechild67  2/13/2012
Mary is one of the names of the new princess of Sweden, daughter of Crown princess Viktioria and Prince Daniel, born on 23 February 2012. Her full name is ESTELLE Silvia Ewa Mary.
AranelEldariel  2/26/2012
Mary Jane Blige is an American singer. She is professionally known as Mary J. Blige.
― Anonymous User  3/11/2012
A good name to honour a child with, and not as fancy as Marie or Maria, although they are nice names too.
― Anonymous User  4/19/2012
Mary, Princess Royal (1631-1660), oldest daughter of Charles I of England and his wife Henriette Marie of France. She married William II, Prince of Orange. Her son William became King of England later.
CarolinW  6/8/2012
Mary was the daughter of King Stephen of England and his wife Matilda.
CarolinW  6/8/2012
Mary (1467-1482) was the second daughter of King Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville. She was the younger sister of Elizabeth of York and aunt of Henry VIII of England.
CarolinW  6/10/2012
Mary (1496-1533) was the daughter of King VII of England and his wife Elizabeth. She was the younger sister of King Henry VIII of England.
CarolinW  6/10/2012
Mary was one of the daughters of King George III of the UK and his wife Charlotte.
CarolinW  6/11/2012
Mary was the name of the eighth daughter of King Edward I of England and his wife Eleanor of Castile.
CarolinW  6/12/2012
Mary was the name of one of the daughters of King Edward III of England and his wife Philippa of Hainaut.
CarolinW  6/12/2012
Mary Debenham is one of the characters of Agatha Christie's famous novel "Murder on the Orient Express".
CarolinW  6/17/2012
Mary (1723-1772) was the daughter of King George II of Great Britain and his wife Caroline.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
Mary (1685-1687) was the oldest daughter of Queen Anne of Great Britain and her husband Prince George of Denmark.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
Mary was also the name of another daughter of Queen Anne of Great Britain and her husband Prince George of Denmark. She was named after her older deceased sister.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
Mary (1897-1965) was the only daughter of King George V of Great Britain and his wife Mary of Teck.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
Henry (1594-1612) was the oldest son of King James I of the UK and his wife Anne of Denmark.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
Mary (1605-1607) was the daughter of King James I of the UK and his wife Anne of Denmark. She was the first child to be born after her father became King.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
Mary (1662-1694) was the daughter of King James II of Great Britain and his first wife Anne Hyde. She later became joined Ruler of the UK, together with her husband William of Orange.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
Nice name, but boring and overused.
Bonquiqui  7/19/2012
In Northern Ireland a common pronunciation for the name Mary is MEER-ee. Interestingly it sounds very close to Miri, which (according to Smadar Shir Sidi, at least) is a Hebrew nickname for Miriam, the original form of Mary.

Here Mary is very common among older women, but for younger women and girls alternative forms like Maria (which I adore) are more popular. Though from personal experience (yes, the best evidence is anecdotal) I have found that Mary is still a common middle name among Catholic girls.
― Anonymous User  10/12/2012
In Arabic: مريم (Maryam)is a name was mentioned many times in the Quran wherein there is A surah (chapter) on her name. Maryam is one of the most favourite names among Muslims.
abu aamir  12/17/2012
Mary Amelia Ingalls was the blind, older sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie. She is often a main character in the books.
― Anonymous User  12/27/2012
It's a good name. But because "Mary" by itself means the Blessed Virgin Mary (in my family), I'd use it as a double name - Mary-Anna, Mary Sophia, Mary Madeline, etc.
El is a Beth  12/31/2012
I like the Virgin Mary, but this name is a little plain. It is far from ugly, but it would make a nice middle or Confirmation name.
StarMoon  1/21/2013
I actually have never met anyone named Mary, which I find kind of sad, considering it was so popular for so long. I don't see anything wrong with naming your daughter Mary, especially nowadays when there are so many awful names being thought up. Mary would be a nice break from all that, I think :)
Oohvintage  1/27/2013
This name is kind of like Rose. A lot of different names have been added to the end of it to create new names. (Mary Jane, Marianne,, Marilyn, Mary Kate, Mary Jo, Mary Lou...)
― Anonymous User  1/27/2013
I used to think this was a boring name, and preferred Marie or Miriam to Mary. Recently, I have started to see how lovely Mary is-she is timeless, and goes with so many other names. Long live Mary!
alicia_renee  2/19/2013
I love this name! But for some reason, it seems that EVERYONE has an Aunt Mary. I have three: Mary Heath, Mary Reaves, and Mary Livingstone. I know about six or seven other people who have an Aunt Mary, too. Also, this was the name of my paternal grandma, though she went by her middle name, Suzanne. I'm really fond of this name and I intend to name one of my daughters this in the future, but I must admit that most of the reason for that is to honor my Aunt Mary (Livingstone, that is!).
Ruta Graveolens  4/15/2013
A rather infamous bearer of this name was British conservative activist Mary Whitehouse. She was quite the nasty old prude.
Lolth  8/29/2013
Growing up in Scotland, the only time I heard the name 'Mary' was in relation to someone else's grandmother, so it surprises me to learn 'Mary' is considered popular. I always thought of it as very old-fashioned when I was young (I'm 40 yrs old) but I have to say that when people learn my name they frequently comment on how lovely it is. It's better than my middle name: Hilda. Now THAT name was a constant source of embarrassment and still is; I seldom use it when filing in forms, etc.
Anyway, I could change my name if I wanted to and the fact that I haven't means I'm not that bothered and I'll be 'Mary' until I die. By the way, the negative comments about my name made me laugh; we Mary's have a wicked sense of humor. Innocent? Ha!
Bluefield  11/20/2013
I ADORE this name, and will definitely name one of my children Mary.

It's so pure, and short and sweet. It's got a very cute sound to it, in my opinion. I like Mary Frances as a name :)

I've only known one Mary my age, so it's not at all popular in this generation!
Bee123  2/6/2014
I guees the name is kinda dull and boring... though it is the name I was supposed have. Not named Rose... my dad wanted to name me after my grandmother who passed away of cancer many years before I was born... what's creepy about all this is that I'm the grandchild that was named after her, and I look so much like her that it's just creepy, people who knew her say I'm like her somewhat...
MazzyieRose  4/12/2014
Mary Melody, a character in Tiny Toon Adventures.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2014
I grew up with all the jokes about "Mary." So, I hated it. However, now that I am older (47), I embrace it, and prefer using Mary Elizabeth, (my middle name). As I learned my family tree, I really embraced it. Lol lol :)
whispherrr  7/29/2014
Totally boring now. I bet every girl named Mary would claim that she was named after her grandmother.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2014
Mary Pope Osborne (1949-) is the author of the Magic Tree House children's books.
hkols  9/30/2014
Mary may have originated from myrrh which means 'bitter'. It is a resin from a tree with thorny branches. It was used in medicine and for it's fragrance, may have been synonymous with a term for 'perfume'.
S4acre  10/14/2014
In 2011, twice as many baby girls were named 'Nevaeh' than 'Mary'.

Many parents are deterred from using this name because of it's former popularity feeling it is too played out for their unique child. From sociologists' research in the U.S.
S4acre  10/14/2014
The name Mary is amazing and beautiful. I love how it's the name of Jesus's mother. The name Mary definitely deserves to be used more! :)
― Anonymous User  10/25/2014
Mary Winchester is a character on the television series "Supernatural." She is the mother of the show's main characters, Sam and Dean Winchester.
hkols  11/2/2014
Mary, Mungo and Midge is a British animated children's TV series.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2014
I love this name. It is not overused anymore and has become unique. Mary- it sounds so pretty.
fugfacedmermaid  11/28/2014
Mary is not overused at all. I do not personally know any Mary's. But to embellish it, you could add a name after it like Mary Kate. My sister's name is Mary Jane and we call her MJ. It is a totally unique name, but marijuana references by random people have been a problem. Nonetheless, Mary Jane is awesome and different!
lilpimpteller  1/25/2015
Mary Church Terrell was one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree.
― Anonymous User  2/7/2015
Very plain and dull name I think.
― Anonymous User  5/11/2015
Mary Quant, a Welsh fashion designer.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2015
I don't think it's plain or boring at all! It is very old and has a lot of history to it! I only know of two Mary's. One of which comes from a very religious family (explaining their name choice) and one I go to school with. And I think she is the only Mary in the school. I'd much rather see Mary's than so many Ashley's, Alison's, or Emily's, although those are lovely names as well.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2015
Mary Winstead is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2015
It's shocking and kind of sad to see that the name Mary isn't being used very much anymore. It's a really great name and it's sad that people are naming their children other confusing, weird names over such a great classic like this. I would love to name my daughter Mary if I ever have one, especially since it is not as popular anymore and there won't be very many people with her name anymore; it'll be unique, but normal, and be beautiful all at the same time.
― Anonymous User  11/21/2015
Very boring, plain jane kind of name... sorry.
firestar11  12/11/2015
Not only is Mary often a family name, it is the name of generations of wonderful women spanning generations from biblical times until now. At Christmastime, when carols are sung and readings are read, the name Mary is lovingly celebrated. It is plain, but this is a name with strength and beauty in its simplicity. Never underestimate a Mary. She will be intelligent, kind, passionate and loyal. She will become a loving mother and your longest, most loyal friend.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2015
An ugly name overused by snobby Middle American Catholics. As a former Catholic, I can tell you that this name isn't very good and most of the women with this name are Republicans.
TyrannosaurusRegina  12/25/2015
I used to not think much of this name, but it's really grown on me. I love it as a middle name for Charlotte.
Morgan1599  2/27/2016
It is simple, but good name for girls only. It looks nice with a suffix-name after. Mary-Anne, Mary-Rose, Mary-Grace, etc. Terrible for boys, sweet and pretty on girls. I imagine a creative, smart girl.
Eileen1209864  4/21/2016
I had an old friend that named her daughter Mary. I feel like Mary is a much more unique and refreshing name because it is not used as much, rather than these trendy or unique names. But each to his/her own.
― Anonymous User  4/22/2016
Eh. It's not a bad name by any means, it's just extremely boring and not very pretty. I prefer Marie or Maria.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
How about:
Mary-Jo, Mary-Rose, Mary-Ellen, Mary-Ann, Mary-Jane, Mary-Joy, Mary-Beth, etc.
Mary is a little simple and boring. Marie, all though over used as a middle name, is a fairly uncommon name. Maria is nice too.
If you add another name it's fine.
Eileen1209864  5/12/2016
Mary Uranta is a Nigerian film and television actress, producer, model, singer, [1] and businesswoman. Born and raised in Port Harcourt, she competed in beauty pageant Miss Niger Delta, where she achieved the rank of first runner-up.
lilolaf  5/30/2016
My mother's name and my least favorite name ever. It's boring, over used, and goody-goody.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2016
Very pretty name, it has always been very common.
DundiculutNicholas  1/6/2017
Mary-Jean Anaïs O'Doherty is an American-born coloratura soprano. She was the first prize winner in the 2013 Paris Opera Awards. O'Doherty was born in Houston, Texas, to an Australian father and an Armenian mother, Eliza Basmadjian, from Greece.
cutenose  1/8/2017
Used in Scandinavia (Norway).
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  1/14/2017
Mary Louise Brooks, who worked professionally as Louise Brooks, was an American film actress and dancer noted as an iconic symbol of the flapper, and for popularizing the bobbed haircut.
cutenose  1/28/2017
Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, and humanitarian. She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, and her breakout role was her first leading role, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain. Other successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, Susan Slept Here, Bundle of Joy, The Catered Affair, and Tammy and the Bachelor, in which her performance of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the Billboard music charts. In 1959, she released her first pop music album, titled Debbie.
cutenose  1/28/2017
In 1811, nearly a quarter of all the women in Britain were named Mary.
WhiteHorseWhinny  2/23/2017
I prefer to think of the derivation of "Mary" using mir as the root word. From Latin; mir (wonderful), mirare (to wonder at or to look). It could also mean "to witness". It seems more in keeping with Mary's character to associate her with witnessing and miracles than salty, bitter, harsh, etc.
connel manning  3/16/2017
Mary is a beautiful name. I think of a devout, consecrated young lady, even spirited and strong-willed to stand by what is right.

The name 'Merry' would be a lovely twist on the traditional spelling, too.
girl0670  4/26/2017
Mary Claire "Niña" José is a Filipino actress. She was a competitor in Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition 1 in 2006. She is currently a contract actress for the ABS-CBN television network. She has appeared on the cover of FHM Philippines magazine. She mistakenly known as model Yassi Benitez.
lilolaf  5/7/2017
Mary Rose Byrne is an Australian actress. Byrne made her screen debut in 1992 with a small role in the film Dallas Doll. In 2000, she played a leading role in the Australian film The Goddess of 1967, which brought her a Venice Film Festival award for Best Actress. From 2007 to 2012, she played Ellen Parsons in the cable television series Damages, which earned her two Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. Along with co-star Glenn Close, she appeared in all of the show's fifty-nine episodes. Byrne has also starred in the films Troy, 28 Weeks Later, Knowing, Insidious, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as the comedies Get Him to the Greek, Bridesmaids, Neighbors, its sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Spy.
cutenose  5/25/2017
Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat, R.E. is the wife of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. Frederik is the heir apparent to the throne of Denmark, which means that should Frederik inherit the throne, she will automatically become Queen consort of Denmark.
cutenose  5/25/2017
It's too plain, simple, old-fashioned, and boring.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2017
Mary Ball Washington was the mother of George Washington.
Morgan1599  1/21/2018
My middle name is Mary. I really like this pretty, feminine name. It is extra special to me as I was given this name in honor of my paternal grandmother. I think it is a timeless classic.
Graceful1  2/8/2018
Mary Rose is the name of a rollercoaster at Alton Towers.
Hushpuppy  2/15/2018
Mary Vance is an orphan that the Meredith kids discover in Rainbow Valley. She eventually gets adopted by Cornelia.
Kitandkat  3/24/2018
Mary is a nurse in the video game Trauma Center. She moves to another city and is replaced by Angie.
Kitandkat  3/24/2018
I have a Great x 2 grandmother called Mary so I have a soft spot for this name, even though I don't like names as religious as this.
XironDarkstar  5/5/2018
This is a classic and recognizable name. I think it's very pretty, and not too dated- it's adorable on a little girl, and smart and classy on a full grown woman.
mememan28  5/13/2018
I think it's an adorable and sweet name, very good on a little girl. It has a delicate sound. It's meanings are awesome. Also I see it on strange or somehow creepy female characters. I prefer it to Maria or Miriam. However, the bad thing is that it's too common.
SilverSatan  5/19/2018

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