Mary name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Mary mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Mary

User Submitted Origins

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from the United States says the name Mary means "Star of the sea, a nice little girl".
  2. 2 submissions from Alabama, U.S. agree the name Mary means "Child of the sea" and is of German origin.
  3. According to a user from the United States, the name Mary is of German origin and means "Child of the Sea (Powerful)".
  4. 4 people from the United States and Nigeria agree the name Mary is of Spanish / Italian origin and means "Gift of God".
  5. 2 people from Nigeria and the United States agree the name Mary is of Latin origin and means "Star of the sea".
  6. According to a user from Georgia, U.S., the name Mary means "sea of rebellion".
  7. A submission from Canada says the name Mary means "sea".
  8. According to 2 people from the United States and Australia, the name Mary is of English origin and means "Gifted".
  9. According to a user from Australia, the name Mary is of Canadian origin and means "A nice little girl".
  10. A submission from Nigeria says the name Mary means "Its a Name of the Mother of God".
  11. 2 submissions from Virginia, U.S. agree the name Mary means "Beloved" and is of Egyptian origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mar"y
interjection Ma"ry
See Marry.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The mother of Jesus; Christians refer to her as the Virgin Mary; she is especially honored by Roman Catholics

From Old French Marie, from Latin Maria, from Ancient Greek Μαρία (María), Μαριάμ (Mariám), from Aramaic מַרְיָם‎ (maryām) or Hebrew מִרְיָם‎ (miryām), of uncertain origin.

  1. A female given name from Hebrew.
  2. The Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ.
  3. The 19th sura (chapter) of the Qur'an.
  4. Any of several other women in the New Testament, notably Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha.
  5. (Ireland, dated) A middle name for a male, given in honour of the Virgin Mary.

Mary was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Mary

Notable Persons Named Mary

Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart was royalty. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1542 to 1542. Mary was born as the child of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise on December 8th, 1542 in Linlithgow Palace. She left this life on February 8th, 1587.

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds is an actress, singer, and dancer. Her ongoing career started in 1948. Debbie was given the name Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1st, 1932 in El Paso, Texas, U.S.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is an actress and film producer. She has been prominent since 1971. Meryl was given the name Mary Louise Streep on June 22nd, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, U.S.

Mary I

Mary I was royalty. Her career lasted from 1553 to 1553. Mary was born as the child of Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon on February 18th, 1516 in Palace of Placentia. She died on November 17th, 1558.

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore is an actress. She was most prominent from 1957 to present. Mary was born on December 29th, 1936 in Brooklyn.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an actress, singer, and recording artist. She has had major accomplishments since 1997. Mary was born on November 28th, 1984 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S.

  • Mary Ann Cotton
  • Rose Byrne
  • Elle Fanning
  • Mary Shelley
  • Farrah Fawcett
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Mary Magdalene
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Bo Derek
  • Mary Steenburgen
  • Dusty Springfield
  • Sean Young
  • Sissy Spacek
  • Mary Mallon

Notable Persons With the Last Name Mary

Notable Persons With the Last Name Mary

Immaculate Conception of Mary

Immaculate Conception of Mary is a saint.

Princess Mary

Princess Mary was royalty. She holds the title Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood, and Earl of Harewood. Princess was born as the child of George V and Mary of Teck on April 25th, 1897 in York Cottage. She died on March 28th, 1965.


Mary is royalty. She holds the title Crown Princess of Denmark;, Countess of Monpezat, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, and Count of Monpezat. Mary was born as the child of John Dalgleish Donaldson on February 5th, 1972 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessed Virgin Mary is a saint. They hold the title West:Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Church, East:Theotokos, Islam:Sayyidatna("Our Lady"), Greatest Woman, The Chosen One, and The Purified One.

Typhoid Mary

Typhoid Mary is a comics character.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Immaculate Heart of Mary is a saint.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mary U.S.
  White 76.21% 64.26%
  African American 12.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.58% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.23% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.66% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mary

People with the last name Mary are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Mary

  • What name lists does Mary rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Mary? Mary is the 6th most popular name of all time. As a last name Mary was the 18,036th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mary have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,143,217 babies born with the first name Mary in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mary to occupy the country of Republic of the Congo with an estimated population of 4,140,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mary? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7,092 new born babies.
  • When was Mary first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mary is Sunday, August 20th, 1843.
  • What year had the most people named Mary born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mary was in 1921 with a total of 73,985 babies. That's a lot of babies named Mary!
  • Random Mary Factoid: According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mary ranks 1st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 106 babies in Vermont have the same name in 1914.
  • Weird things about the name Mary: The name spelled backwards is Yram. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Arym. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mary? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,547 people with the last name Mary.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mary? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Mary as their last name since less than 1 person in 192k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Mary name meaning

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