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Gender: F Meaning of Mary: "bitter" Origin of Mary: Hebrew Mary's Popularity in 2013: #121

Mary, the quintessential New Testament name, was Number 1 for girls for four hundred years. Though still close to the Top 100, at 121, 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

Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ
Mary Magdalene, follower of Jesus Christ
Mary of Bethany, follower of Jesus Christ
Mary I, Queen of England, aka Bloody Mary
Mary II, Queen of England, wife of William III
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
Mary Tudor, Queen consort of Louis XII of France
Mary of Teck (born Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes), Queen consort of George V of the U.K.
Mary of Modena (born Maria Beatrice Anna Margherita Isabella d'Este), Queen consort of James II and VII of England
Mary of Guise, Queen consort of James V of Scotland
Mary Elizabeth Donaldson, Crown Princess of Denmark
Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep, American actress
Mary Willa 'Mamie' Gummer, American actress, daughter of actress Meryl Streep
Mary Anna McCartney, daughter of musician Paul McCartney
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, American actress
Mary Jane "Mary J." Blige, American singer
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, English novelist
Mary Stuart Masterson, American actress
Mary-Louise Parker, American actress
Mary Frances Crosby, American actress
Mary Hart (born Mary Johanna Harum), American TV news personality
Mary-Kate Olsen, American actress and fashion designer, twin sister Ashley Olsen
Mary Katherine Campbell, Miss America 1922 and 1923
Mary Elise Hayden, American actress
Mary Pope Osborne, American children's author
Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin, American actress and comedienne
Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds, American actress
Mary Ford (born Iris Colleen Summers), American singer, wife of guitarist Les Paul
Mary Ellen Mark, American photographer
Mary Byrne, Irish singer-songwriter
Mary Boleyn, sister of English Queen consort Anne Boleyn
Mary Jo Eustace, Canadian actress, singer and chef
Mary-Charles Jones, American child actress
Mary Wollstonecraft, English author and feminist
Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
Mary Chapin Carpenter, American country music singer
Mary Eileen McDonnell, American actress
Mary Travers, American singer of group Peter, Paul & Mary
Mary Blair (born Mary Browne Robinson), American Disney artist
Mary Black, Irish singer
Mary Read, English pirate
Mary O'Hara Alsop, American novelist and screenwriter
Mary Gilmore, Australian poet and journalist
Mary Kay Bergman, American voice actress
Mary Tamm, English actress
Mary Oliver, American poet
Mary Hunter Austin, American nature writer
Mary (Theresa Eleanor) Higgins Clark, American novelist
Mary James Marsden, daughter of actor James Marsden
Mary Westmacott, alias of Agatha Christie
Mary Anning, paleontologist

Pop Culture References for the Name Mary

Mary Morstan-Watson, character on TV's "Sherlock"
Mary Winchester, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Mary Lisbon, character in "The Virgin Suicides"
Mary Katherine (M.K.), main character in movie "Epic"
Mary Bennington, character in movie "Three Men and a Little Lady"
Mary Josephine Crawley, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Mary Lennox, character in F.H. Burnett's "The Secret Garden"
Mary Malone, character in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series
Mary Poppins, title character in P.L. Travers' books and movie
Mary Shepherd-Sunderland, character in video game Silent Hill 2
Mary Terrafino, character in Michael Grant's Gone series
Mary Bennet, character in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Mary Anne Spier, character in The Babysitters Club series
Mary Mahoney, character in Christopher Durang's "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You"
Mary, character in G. A. Henty's, For the Temple
Mary Jane Watson, character in the Spider-Man series
Mary Margaret Blanchard, character on TV's "Once Upon A Time"
Mary Edwards aka Grandmary, character in the American Girl Samantha series
Mary Jean, character in Lily Tomlin's sketches
Mary Camden, character on TV's "Seventh Heaven"
Mary Swanson, character in movie "Dumb and Dumber"
Mary Vega, character in movie "Crusade in Jeans"
Mary Barrows, villain in video game "Clock Tower"
Sister Mary Benedict, character in movie "The Bells of St. Mary's"
The Jesus and Mary Chain, band
"Mary," song by The Death Riders
"Mary had a Little Lamb," nursery rhyme
"Mary, Mary, quite contrary," nursery rhyme
Mary, Mary, song by the Monkees
Mary's Song, song by Taylor Swift
Mary "Marjory" Kerr, character in G. A. Henty's, In Freedom's Cause
Mary, song by Noah and the Whale
"Miss Mary Mack," song sung in hand clapping rhythm
"Mary," song by Scissor Sisters
Mary Janes, type of women's shoe
Mary Jane, slang for marijuana
Mary O'Connor, character in G. A. Henty's, With Moore at Corunna and Under Wellington's Command

Mair, Mal, Malle, Mame, Mamie, Marabel, Marabelle, Maree, Marella, Marelle, Maren, Maretta, Marette, Mariam, Mariana, Mariann, Marianne, Maridel, Marietta, Marila, Marilee, Marilin, Marilla, Marilyn, Marin, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maryann, Maryanna, Maryla, Marynia, Marysa, Marysia, Maurene, Maurine, May, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra, Mayria, Merrill, Millie, Milly, Mimi, Minette, Minnie, Minti, Mirja, Moll, Molli, Mollie, Molly, Poll, Polli, Polly

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