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Gender: F Meaning of Mary: "bitter" Origin of Mary: Hebrew Mary's Popularity in 2012: #123

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Mary, the quintessential New Testament name, was Number 1 for girls for four hundred years. Though still close to the Top 100, at 123, Mary is used now mostly for religious or family reasons. If it's style you're after, Mary's many diminutives and derivatives such as Maire, Mamie, May, Mitzi, Molly, Maura, Marietta, and even Maria are all more fashionable.

Mary was the most popular and enduring female Christian name in the English-speaking world (as were Maria and Marie in Spanish and French) at least until 1950. That was when in the U.S. Mary was finally dethroned by such trendy upstarts as Linda and Karen.

There are six Marys in the Bible, including the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus, Mary the mother of James and Joseph and Mary the mother of Mark, and there have been British royal Marys beginning in the sixteenth century. In earliest times Mary was considered too sacred to be used by ordinary mortals; it finally began to be employed in England in the twelfth century, and by the sixteenth had blanketed the female population, to the point where dozens of pet forms had to be contrived to distinguish one Mary in the family from the others.

The poet Byron deemed Mary a 'magic' name, and the song proclaims it 'a grand old name.' Mary has always been a good-girl name, as reflected by such midcentury icons of propriety and wholesomeness, Mary Poppins and Mary Tyler Moore. The lovely Lady Mary Crawley of Downton Abbey has restored some freshness to the name.

Among the celebs who dropped their birth name of Mary are Meryl Streep, Debbie Reynolds and Lily Tomlin.

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Famous People Named Mary

Mary McCartney, daughter of Paul McCartney
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, American actress
Mary Jane Blige, American singer
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
Mary Tudor, Queen of France
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Mary Shelley, English author
Mary Stuart Masterson, American actress
Mary-Louise Parker, American actress
Mary Crosby, American actress
Mary Hart, American news reporter
Mary-Kate Olsen, American actress and fashion designer
Mary Katherine Campbell, Miss America 1922 and 1923
Mary Elise Hayden, American actress
Queen Mary I of England, 'Bloody Mary'
Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series
Mary James Marsden, daughter of actor James Marsden
Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin, American actress and comedienne
Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds, American actress
Mary Jo Eustace, Canadian actress, singer & sous chef
Mary of Teck, Queen consort of King George V of England
Mary-Charles Jones, American child actress
Mary Wollstonecraft, author, philosopher & female rights advocate
Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of 16th President Abraham Lincoln
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Country Music Artist
Mary McDonnell, actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Mary

Mary Morstan-Watson, a character in the BBC show "Sherlock"
Mary Katherine (M.K.), protagonist of the movie "Epic"
Mary Bennington, Three Men and a Little Lady
Lady Mary Josephine Crawley, a character in Downton Abbey
Mary Lennox, The Secret Garden
Mary Malone, His Dark Materials trilogy
Mary Poppins, fictional character of "Mary Poppins" books & movies
Mary had a Little Lamb, famous melody
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
Mary, Mary, song by the Monkees
Mary, song by Noah and the Whale
Mary, female in the singing group Peter, Paul and Mary
Mary Shepherd-Sunderland, character in Silent Hill 2
Mary Mack, song sung in hand clapping rhythm
Mary Terrafino, character in Michael Grant's Gone series
Mary Bennet, third oldest of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice
Mary Anne, of "The Babysitters Club"
Mary, a song by Scissor Sisters
Mary Mahoney, of Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You, Christopher Durang play
Mary Jane Watson, character in the Spider-Man comics
Mary Janes, girls shoes
Mary Jane, street name for Marijuana
Mary Sue, name for a typical "perfect" girl
Mary Margaret Blanchard, character in ABC's "Once Upon A Time"
Mary Edwards, Samantha Parkington's grandmother, "Grandmary"
Mary's song, by Taylor Swift
Mary Jean, character in Lily Tomlin's sketches
Mary Camden, one of the kids from Seventh Heaven
Mary Swanson, main character from movie "Dumb and Dumber"
Mary Vega, from the movie "Crusade in Jeans"
Mary Barrows, villain from the video game "Clock Tower"

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