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Gender: Female Meaning of Mairi: "bitter" Origin of Mairi: Scottish variation of Mary

The name Mairi is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "bitter". Mairi and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Why does Mairi, pronounced MAW-re, seem so much cooler than Mary? This Irish form of Mary was not used before the seventeenth century, as it was considered too sacred. Some of its Anglicized forms include Moira, Maura and Maurya.

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Famous People Named Mairi

Mairi Campbell, Scottish singer and musician
Mairi Chisholm, Scottish WWI nurse and ambulance driver
Mairi Hedderwick, Scottish illustrator and author
Mhairi McGeachy, daughter of musician John Martyn

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