Mystery name meaning

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  1. A submission from Kansas, U.S. says the name Mystery means "Mischievous, ornery, manipulative" and is of English origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mys"ter*y
  1. A profound secret; something wholly unknown, or something kept cautiously concealed, and therefore exciting curiosity or wonder; something which has not been or can not be explained; hence, specifically, that which is beyond human comprehension."We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery." [1 Cor. ii. 7.]"If God should please to reveal unto us this great mystery of the Trinity, or some other mysteries in our holy religion, we should not be able to understand them, unless he would bestow on us some new faculties of the mind." [Swift.]
  2. A kind of secret religious celebration, to which none were admitted except those who had been initiated by certain preparatory ceremonies; -- usually plural; as, the Eleusinian mysteries .
  3. pl.The consecrated elements in the eucharist.
  4. Anything artfully made difficult; an enigma.

Etymology: L. mysterium, Gr. mysth`rion, fr. my`sths one initiated in mysteries; cf. myei^n to initiate into the mysteries, fr. my`ein to shut the eyes. Cf. Mute (a.)

noun Mys"ter*y
  1. A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied."Fie upon him, he will discredit our mystery." [Shak.]"And that which is the noblest mystery Brings to reproach and common infamy." [Spenser.]
  2. A dramatic representation of a Scriptural subject, often some event in the life of Christ; a dramatic composition of this character; as, the Chester Mysteries, consisting of dramas acted by various craft associations in that city in the early part of the 14th century."“ Mystery plays,” so called because acted by craftsmen." [Skeat.]

Etymology: OE. mistere, OF. mestier, F. métier, L. ministerium. See Ministry

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained ("how it got out is a mystery")
  2. A story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie

From Middle English mysterie, from Anglo-Norman misterie (Old French mistere), from Latin mysterium, from Ancient Greek μυστήριον (mustḗrion, “a mystery, a secret, a secret rite”), from μύστης (mústēs, “initiated one”), from μυέω (muéō, “I initiate”), from μύω (múō, “I shut”).

  1. Something secret or unexplainable; an unknown. [From XIV century.]
    The truth behind the events remains a .
  2. Someone or something with an obscure or puzzling nature.
    That man is a .
  3. (obsolete) A secret or mystical meaning. [From XIV century.]
  4. A religious truth not understandable by the application of human reason alone (without divine aid). [From XIV century.]
  5. (archaic outside Eastern Orthodoxy) A sacrament. [From XV century.]
  6. (chiefly in the plural) A secret religious celebration, admission to which was usually through initiation. [From XV century.]
    the Eleusinian
    the of Mithras
  7. (Catholicism) A particular event or series of events in the life of Christ. [From XVII century.]
    The second decade of the Rosary concerns the Sorrowful , such as the crucifixion and the crowning with thorns.
  8. A craft, art or trade; specifically a guild of craftsmen.

mystery was also found in the following language(s): Middle English

Fun Facts about the name Mystery

  • How Popular is the name Mystery? Mystery is the 25,765th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Mystery have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 231 babies born with the first name Mystery in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mystery to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mystery? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1981 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Mystery first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mystery is Friday, September 13th, 1946.
  • What year had the most people named Mystery born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mystery was in 2003 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Mystery: The name spelled backwards is Yretsym. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Yyetmsr. How do you pronounce that?
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