Mari

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Gender: F Pronunciation: MAH-ree or Marie Origin of Mari: Welsh, Breton, Scandinavian, Hungarian, Estonian, and Basque variation of Maria or Mary

Mari enjoyed some mid-century popularity as a nicknameish version of Mary, but now deserves a second look as a multicultural classic. Mari is the name of the Basque goddess of fertility and weather and is also, for unrelated reasons, popular in Norway. The biggest problem with the potentially-lovely Mari will be getting people to say it the way you want. While some Europeans pronounce it as Marie, that will only confuse things more: Better to make it its own individual name by pronouncing it MAH-ree. As one commenter pointed out, in Estonian the name is not a Mary variation but means "berry" -- all the more reason for us to like it!

Famous People Named Mari

Mari Johanna Kiviniemi, 41st Prime Minister of Finland
Mari Takahashi, host on the popular Youtube channel Smosh
Mari Apache (born Mariella Balbuena Torres), Mexican pro wrestler
Mari Youngblood (born Mary Schreck) American singer/actress
Marianne "Mari" Steinbrecher, Brazilian volleyball player
Marie Eguro, Japanese-American actress
Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer of idol groups Morning Masume and Hello! Project
Mari Persen Boine, Norwegian-Saami singer, creating and performing music inspired by Saami folklore.

Pop Culture References for the name Mari

Mari, Basque goddess, wife of Sugaar
Mari Yamashita, character from the manga "Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs"
Mari Jiwe McCabe, aka Vixen, DC Comics character.
Mari Illustrious Makinami, character in the anime "Rebuild of Evangelion"
Ayuki Mari, character in manga and anime "Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl"
Mari Kurihara, character in manga and anime series "Prison School"