Gender: Female Pronunciation: MAH-ree or Marie Meaning of Mari: "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved" Origin of Mari: Welsh, Breton, Scandinavian, Hungarian, Estonian, and Basque variation of Maria or Mary

Mari Origin and Meaning

The name Mari is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved".

Mari enjoyed some mid-century popularity as a nicknameish version of Mary, but now deserves a second look as a multicultural classic. Mari is the name of the Basque goddess of fertility and weather and is also, for unrelated reasons, popular in Norway. The biggest problem with the potentially-lovely Mari will be getting people to say it the way you want. While some Europeans pronounce it as Marie, that will only confuse things more. Better to make it its own individual name by pronouncing it MAH-ree. As one commenter pointed out, in Estonian the name is not a Mary variation but means "berry" – all the more reason for us to like it!

The meaning of Mary is uncertain, but theories include "drop of the sea" (from Hebrew roots mar "drop" and yam "sea"); "bitter" (from Hebrew marah "bitterness"); and "beloved" (from the Egyptian root mr).

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Pop Culture References for the name Mari


Mari.g Says:


My name is Mari, and although I correct people on how to say it a lot, I love my name. Recently though, more and more people have been getting my name right on the first try.

Laura Penaloza Says:


My younger sister's name happens to be Mari. We are Venezuelan, and my parents wanted something at the core of Maria, Marice, Mary, Mariana, etc (the theme has been passed down for generations). Though, I never knew it meant berry, I find that very humorous given that she will instantly finish of a container of anything ending in the word "berry". But all in all, it is a beautiful name!

lillian85 Says:


Thank you Pam! This made my day!

pam Says:


Thanks for bringing this up. Indeed, Mari deserves a second look and a longer, more thoughtful (and positive) entry. And now it has it!

lillian85 Says:


I love this name, and I am a little sad that Pam and Linda dislike it so much. It feels mid century modern to me: clean, unfussy, Scandinavian. I particularly like it as a nick name for Marjorie.

ShannonLim Says:


'ma' as in mam or mother and 're' as in retail or renovate? :p

grethen232 Says:


In Estonian Mari means ''berry'', and it's a popular name in Estonia. It's pronounced MA-re

faithnamer Says:


I like this name when it's pronounced Mahr-ee, but I think that most people would pronounce it like Mary.