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meaning:Feminine form of Will
origin: American


Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Of the Sea or Bitter

Perhaps the most classic of all classics, Mary’s fallen far from where it was in… oh…1880 (at least -- that’s the year the Social Security Administration started tracking names) to 1965, when it was the top name in America (save a few years from ’47 to ’52, when it dropped to an embarrassing number two). Mary is, of course, the mother of Christ and has also been a popular name among royals. It’s been dropping pretty quickly in the last few decades (59 places since ’89, which is a lot when you consider how long it spent at the top) and is generally now used as a religious or family name. Don’t worry though, there are about a billion variations if you want something similar but a little more fresh. Mamie… Mae… Marin…Trust us, the list goes on.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 97

Famous mary

  • Mary J. Blige - musician
  • Mary-Louise Parker - actress
  • Mary Poppins - title character
  • Mary-Kate Olsen - actress
  • Mary - mother of Jesus

Infamous mary

  • Queen Mary I of England -
  • Mary Boleyn - mistress of Henry VII

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