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GenderFeminine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.MAHL-ee
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Meaning & History

Diminutive of MARY. It developed from Malle and Molle, other medieval diminutives. James Joyce used this name in his novel 'Ulysses' (1920), where it belongs to Molly Bloom, the wife of the main character.
VariantsMollie, Pollie, Polly
Other Languages & CulturesMariam, Maryam Arabic Mariam Armenian Maria, Miren, Maia Basque Maryia Belarusian Mary, Miriam Biblical Maria, Mariam Biblical Greek Miriam Biblical Hebrew Maria Biblical Latin Mari Breton Maria, Mariya Bulgarian Maria, Mariona Catalan Maria Corsican Marija Croatian Marie, Madlenka, Maja, Marika Czech Mari, Maria, Marie, Maiken, Maja, Majken, Marianne, Mia Danish Maria, Marjo, Mirjam, Maaike, Manon, Marianne, Marieke, Mariëlle, Mariëtte, Marijke, Marijse, Marike, Mariska, Marita, Marja, Marjan, Meike, Mia, Mieke, Miep, Mies, Ria Dutch Maarja, Mari, Mirjam, Maarika, Mare, Marika Estonian Maria Faroese Maaria, Maria, Marja, Marjaana, Marjo, Mirjam, Mirjami, Maarika, Maija, Mari, Marianne, Marika, Marita, Maritta, Marjatta, Marjukka, Marjut Finnish Marie, Myriam, Manon, Marianne, Marielle, Mariette, Marion, Marise French Maria, Maike, Mareike Frisian María, Maruxa Galician Mariam, Mariami, Meri Georgian Maria, Marie, Miriam, Mirjam, Maja, Mareike, Marianne, Mariele, Marita, Meike, Mia, Mitzi, Ria German Maria Greek Maryamu Hausa Malia, Mele Hawaiian Miriam Hebrew Mária, Mara, Mari, Marica, Marietta, Marika, Mariska Hungarian María, Mæja Icelandic Máire, Mallaidh, Maura, Moira, Mairenn, Máirín Irish Maria, Mariella, Marietta, Mimi Italian Marija Latvian Marija Lithuanian Marija Macedonian Moirrey, Voirrey Manx Mere Maori Molle, Malle Medieval English Mari, Maria, Marie, Maiken, Maja, Marianne, Mia Norwegian Maria Occitan Maryam Persian Maria Polish Maria, Mariazinha Portuguese Maria Romanian Maria, Mariya, Marya, Maryana Russian Márjá Sami Maria Sardinian Màiri, Maura, Moira Scottish Marija Serbian Mária Slovak Marija, Mirjam Slovene Marja Sorbian María, Marita Spanish Maritza Spanish (Latin American) Mari, Maria, Marie, Maja, Majken, Marianne, Mia, My Swedish Meryem Turkish Maria, Mariya Ukrainian Maryam Urdu Meryem Uyghur Mair, Mairwen, Mari Welsh

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Entry updated November 18, 2011