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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 Takahashi, host on the popular Youtube channel Smosh
Mari Apache (born Mariella Balbuena Torres), Mexican pro wrestler
Mari Youngblood, American singer/actress
Marianne "Mari" Steinbrecher, Brazilian volleyball player

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"
Mari, Japanese form of Mary, pronounced ma-ree
Can be a nickname for Maristella