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Classic Girl Names: Mary-not-Mary

October 6, 2016 Abby Sandel

Mary long reigned as the Number One name for girls in the English-speaking world (though it is not, technically speaking, among the English names for girls. Some were Mary Ann or Mary Ellen, but others got far more creative in their quest to stand out from the crowd. So they traded in the ubiquitous Mary for names more glamorous, creative, cooler, or at least more distinctive. You may not even realize that many of these women started out life answering to the regal, saintly classic girl nameBy Abby Sandel

Here are some of our favorite Mary-not-Marys.

Dusty

With her blonde bouffant and dramatic makeup, pop singer Dusty Springfield became an icon of the Swinging Sixties. She was born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien. Dusty was a childhood nickname, earned playing outside with the boys – and it stuck. Now Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo have named their new daughter Dusty.

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Abby

Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at namesage@nameberry.com.

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