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

The name Mari is a girl's name of Welsh origin. Mari and is often added to lists like International Variations of Mary and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

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!

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Famous People Named Mari

Mari Johanna Kiviniemi, 41st Prime Minister of Finland
Mari Takahashi, host on the popular YouTube channel Smosh Games
Mari Apache (born Mariella Balbuena Torres), Mexican pro wrestler
Mari Youngblood (born Mary Schreck) American singer/actress
Marianne "Mari" Steinbrecher, Brazilian volleyball player
Marie Eguro, Japanese-American actress
Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer of idol groups Morning Musume and Hello! Project
Mari Persen Boine, Norwegian-Saami singer, creating and performing music inspired by Saami folklore
Enrique Mari "Quen" Gil V, Filipino Actor

Pop Culture References for the name Mari

Mari, Basque goddess, wife of Sugaar
Mari Yamashita, character from the manga "Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs"
Mari Jiwe McCabe, aka Vixen, DC Comics character.
Mari Illustrious Makinami, character in the anime "Rebuild of Evangelion"
Mari Fukami, character in manga and anime "7O3X Fastest Finger First"
Mari Kurihara, character in manga and anime series "Prison School"
Mari Shirako, character in manga and anime "Urahara"
Mari "Kimari" Tamaki, character in anime "A Place Further Than The Universe"
Mari/Mary/Marry Kozakura, character in "Kagerou Project"
Ayuki Mari, character in manga and anime "Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl"
Mari Katsuki/Katsuki Mari, Yuuri Katsuki's older sister in Yuri!!! On Ice