Mary's Stylish Variations

What can we say? There's still something about Mary -- even after a 400 year run -- that's made it a solid option for countless folks who adore its symbolic value. But don't be afraid to jazz things up a little. Here are some timely, fresh-faced variations of this traditional name.
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  • Marisol

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    Marisol is a Latina favorite, and an excellent candidate for cross-culturization, a la Soledad and Paz. The striking French-born Venezuelan artist Marisol Escobar--known simply by her first name-... Read More 

  • Maurya

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    Unusual Mary variety with literary underpinnings, most famously as a character in J.M. Synge's Riders to the Sea . You may have to do constant explaining of the spelling and pronunciation, but if ... Read More 

  • May

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    May is a sweet old-fashioned name that hasn't been on the national charts in several decades, but is definitely sounding fresh and springlike. Parents are beginning to see it once more as one of th... Read More 

  • Minnie

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    Minnie was wildly popular at the turn of the last century--it was the fifth or sixth most popular name throughout the 1880s-- but is completely obscure today. Blame Mickey's girlfriend. Though it's... Read More 

  • Miriam

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    The oldest-known form of Mary, serious, solemn Miriam has been a particular favorite of observant Jewish parents. But we can see it extending beyond that sphere into the next wave of Old Testament ... Read More 

  • Pilar

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    The fact that this Spanish classic, which honors the Virgin Mary, does not end in the conventional letter 'a' gives it a special sense of strength, elegance, and style, making it a worthy choice. ... Read More 

  • Polly

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    An alternative to the no-longer-fresh Molly, the initial 'P' gives Polly a peppier sound, combining the cozy virtues of an old-timey name with the bounce of a barmaid. Associated with Tom Sawyer'... Read More 

  • Socorra

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    Popular Spanish choice that refers to the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help -- or Perpetuo Socorro.  Read More 

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