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    Variants of Mary?

    So, just as one of my cousins is about to give birth to a baby, her sister has found out that she's pregnant too! Though excited, she's a little worried because her partner has insisted, from the moment they met, that he wants his daughter to be named Mary! It's after his grandmother, and as adorable as the name is, it's really not my cousin's style.

    She's only about 4 weeks pregnant, so no word on the gender for a while, but do any of you happen to have any suggestions on variations of the name Mary that would fit in with her style? Her daughter's name is єℓℓι мαу gαвяιєℓℓє, goes by єℓℓι or єℓℓι мαу. My cousin doesn't like Mary because we know a very loud, cackle-y old woman named Mary! She doesn't want a name that sounds elderly, and I also think she is into the more popular/common names (as єℓℓι мαу shows). We live in England, if that helps.

    I've also advised that she asks if his grandmother had any middle names that were more up her street, so we'll see how that goes.


    Thanks in advance!
    ~ Genevieve

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    Last edited by genevie; May 6th, 2012 at 08:32 PM.
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    I recently saw this list here and I figured it might be helpful: http://nameberry.com/list/63/Marys-I...nal-Variations

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    It's too bad she doesn't like the name Mary - I really love that name. But I just wanted to point out that there's a long tradition of girls being given the first name Mary (in honour of the Virgin Mary), but being called by their middle name. So she might call her Mary Josephine, for example, but use the name Josie or Josephine for every day use. Just a thought. Otherwise, perhaps one of the variants of Mary, as suggested above, would work.

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    marybeth: I suggested calling her by a middle name, my cousin seems to think that's just hassle though.

    lc22033: Thanks for that link From what I've said, any ideas on which sound most like her style? I'm finding it hard to be objective, the ones that stand out to me are the ones that I like ha!
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    My favourite Mary variant is Maria, and I understand Mia was originally a nickname for Maria. Mia seems as though it would fit your cousin's style: popular, feminine but not over frilly and doesn't sound elderly at all, plus it honours Mary, which is what her partner wants to do. I think £lli£ M@y and Mia would make a lovely set of sisters.

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