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Origin: Latin (middle ages)
Meaning: Star of the Sea

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Mary

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Mary in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Mary:

  • Records indicate that 4,107,757 girls in the United States have been named Mary since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1921, when 73,934 people in the U.S. were given the name Mary. Those people are now 100 years old.

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    Comments about the name Mary

    86% Approval Rating
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      32 Positive Comments

  • "my great granny names was mary magdaline and my cousins names is mary paige AKA(MP) i will most likely name my daughter marry jolene or mary jo" Mar. 17, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mary. I?ve constantly wanted to have a ?unique name? however after searching years to find a better name I have yet to find it. My mum told me there is no such thing as a unique name and I agree but would hate to admit it. After years of hating it I?ve come to the conclusion that...nothing beats Mary. Mary resembles a sweet, strong willed, feisty girl and has done me favours as everyone knows how to spell it, pronounce it and doesn?t take ages to say. Meryl Streep?s name is Mary and she is my favourite actress. So many powerful women have had the name Mary over the years such as Mary queen of Scots and of course the Virgin Mary. Mary is the most beautiful name I have ever heard and any female is blessed to have it as their name. However Mary stands out on its own, don?t try to over shine it with adding another name onto it. You only get one first name and Mary stands out all by itself." Apr. 25, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mary Elizabeth. I was named after both grandmothers, a very English tradition. It was no shock when my DNA results showed I was 70% English and 25% Scot/Irish. After a good bit of genealogy research it appears the majority of my ancestors were early North American settlers. It is fitting to carry this name." Feb. 28, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name Mary, was named after my Grandmother. It's a biblical name. Hate when people call me Mare. Sad to see it lose popularity, but when I was quite young, there were a lot of Mary's." Aug. 16, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name and as a traditional catholic Irish woman I am proud of it. I am often called Moira, Maire, Mairi, M?ire, even Maura etc. but I also like it, even though these names aren't mine. When I was little girl I was often called Mimi. I love the fact that my name is classic, I love classic names, all my children have such names and almost half of my grandchildren. I have grandgrandchildren also but their names are rather modern. I think Mary is the best name of the world for such woman like me. Best regards for all Marys! Mary B." Nov. 1, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "There is a good chance Mary will come back into fashion soon its a lovely name. I hate it when some people call it plain its no plainer than Emma or Sarah, Jane or claire. Other old names such as Audrey and Violet have come back into fashion so why not Mary. It certainly makes a change from all the Caitlyns and Peytons and other such trendy names." May. 21, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mary Ann- I go by my full name but I ave to correct everyone. I keep saying I am going to change the spelling to one word. I like my name but sometimes I wish for a cutier name. LoL That said, I am sad that my name has fallen in popularity. Wish it were in the top ten name list. Funny to wish for a different name while wanting yours to be popular?" Dec. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mary and I'm 10. Mary is a really uncommon name for people my age.....that's why I love it!! I do have to admit, though that its sort of annoying when old people are like "what a wonderful name that's my name" I don't care though- its sort of funny! :)" Jun. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "There were always lots of Marys in my classes. I sometimes went by "Arnie" instead." Mar. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is mary and i would never change it! it is a sweet lovely name for a girl =] it reminds me of the 1940s" Mar. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mary, and I've always liked it. I love how many songs have my name in it, and how many great historical figures share it with me. The only downside is that there isnt any real nickname correlated with the name" Mar. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husbands favorite name by far! My name and his mothers name is Mary. He has even mentioned naming a daughter Mary." Dec. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This isn't my name, but I always loved it! So feminine and so simple, yet also sturdy and strong. It's a wonderful name that's traditional without being at all outdated-sounding. I associate it with Mary from The Secret Garden--a girl who's smart, feisty, and full of life." Dec. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mums name is mary and she is the nicest person you will ever meet i love her alot,i really think the name mary is really sweet and lovely:) abbey leggett" Mar. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is mary and i think its great and lovely. i think those that don't like it because of its origin should really just stop being so critical!" Jan. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Moms called Mary :) I LOVE THE NAME :) Abbie x" Jan. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Mary (in my 20s) and I love it. It's timeless and elegant - the kind of name that will still be around 200 years from now (unlike the McKenzies and Kaiylees). It's also relatively unusual these days - so old it's new again! Who cares about the 'meaning' of a name anyway? The only time it ever comes up is when you're looking through a baby names book. Besides, if you're a Christian it doesn't get much more meaningful than the name of Jesus's mother. Regardless of what it means in Hebrew, it seems to have worked out pretty well for her." Jan. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My life has been greatly blessed. My parents named me Mary Elizabeth. Your name greatly influences your life and decisions you make." May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "of course, i must say so, its my name and i love it.....classy and timeless, and at least i get to be the star of something, and the sea is no small undertaking." Mar. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my 5 year old's name. It's unique enough to be special, and yet classic." Dec. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mothers name. I like its simplicity to pronounce. Also associated with biblical nature." Oct. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother's name is Mary and personally I think it's a beautiful name. It has such an intresting history and christian twist to it, I think it's the perfect name!" Apr. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I couldn't think of a better name to be called than Mary. I think the world will go the full circle sometime and classy names like Mary that mean something rather than made up names will be in fashion again. By meanwhile, who wants to be in fashion!!!" Feb. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mary is a lovely and feminine name. I love the combination Mary Joy!" Jul. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name. Absolutely hated it when I was a kid, thanks to the endless nursery rhymes and songs associated with it. I've grown to like it, though. It is simple and strong, people always seem to associate it with good things, and it's hard to get it wrong. My mother's name is Mary and so was her mother's; I would pass it along if I had a girl." Jun. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mary & I love it! I'm 26 & don't meet many people my age with the same name. I like it as it's feminine and pretty & classic." May. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I feel like it is a strong a respected name. When I meet people of course they do the Mary Mary quite contrary but then seem to always say I like your name. I rarely ever meet anyone with my name." Apr. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Mary (b. 1989) and was named for her gg grandmother. Over the years she has gotten 'Mary had a little lamb' and 'Mary, Mary quite contrary'. She has only run into a couple of other Mary's close to her age and was excited that one of them was actually spelled the same way as hers." Mar. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nothing could be better than to bear the name of she who brought forth God Incarnate, Our Divine Savior Jesus Christ!" Feb. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! It's biblical and sounds so pretty." Jan. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Mary! I love my name. It's classic and simple, yet not so popular anymore and I rarely meet any. No one mispells it and everyone pronounces it right. I love that it is a very strong feminine name!" Nov. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Classic, a woman's name with history beauty, and simplicity. Crosses over into so many cultures. Although it isn't an attention-grabbing name, it commands respect." Aug. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      5 Negative Comments

  • "I've always hated my name and wished for something more unique." Aug. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "The Star of the Sea derivation you cite is incorrect. Actually comes from the Hebrew root for "bitter." Not a great set-up for a daughter's life." Aug. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have lived for over 50 years with this name...and I have yet to learn to like it. I go by my initials - MC because I just can't get the ear for the sound of 'MARY' - I acknowledge its history and tradition - but after years of Catholic school when half the class turned around at the calling of the name, and 3 older brothers who used the nursery rhyme assault, I have learned to ignore the call of that name. If peole want me, they have to call out MC or MaryChris" Jan. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it but its very very common. I also don't like the meaning, it means "bitter"" Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I despise the name Mary. I think it completely lacks originallity and, frankly, I don't like the way it sounds." Apr. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      25 Neutral Comments

  • "I have a friend named mary and frankly i DO NOT support this name!" Apr. 16, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mary Jane but I always hate it because people would always address me as "marijuana:" Jul. 12, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm the 8th generation of first daughters naming their first daughter "Mary". Growing up I despised my name, as I was called by my full given name all the time and I dislikes my middle name even more than my first name. I dislike people trying to shorten it by calling me "Mare" I politely tell them I am not a horse specifically kept for breeding. My name is only 4 letters, it's hard to shorten to any more than that. Now that I am older I am ok with it. The jokes about "Mary, Mary quite contrary... are met with quick quips of my own. But the fact that there are so many different meanings to the name is baffling to me. It was the most popular name for over a decade yet nobody knows anything about it? that used to bother me, until I looked around to all the Mary's I knew... And here is the common denominator for all of us: we are strong, willful, stubborn, leaders, we love fiercely and protect our families even more fiercely, there is nothing we won't do for someone in need of asked,and there is nothing you can't trust us with. We may not always be the most outwardly beautiful people you will ever meet, but we are the most beautiful people inside you will ever meet And that is truly all you need to know about "Mary"" Dec. 2, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Mary Margaret (named after my grandmothers best friend, a nun). Mom wanted to name me Margaret Mary, but thank the Lord she lost that battle and it was forever Mary Margaret. It is truly the best name ever and is a strong name, fits my character to a T. I am also Cherokee Indian. What a great name, I will keep it." Jul. 6, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is a very uncommon name now a days and is so sweet. The biblical background to the name is nice too. It is nice sounding when paired with a second name too. "Mary Beth" or "Mary Lucille"" Jul. 15, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "In this awesome scmhee of things you receive a B+ just for effort. Exactly where you confused me was in all the facts. You know, people say, details make or break the argument.. And that couldn't be more true in this article. Having said that, permit me tell you just what exactly did give good results. Your writing is definitely highly engaging and that is probably the reason why I am taking the effort in order to opine. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. Next, even though I can certainly see the jumps in reasoning you make, I am not necessarily convinced of how you seem to unite the points which inturn help to make your conclusion. For right now I shall yield to your point but trust in the near future you actually connect the facts much better." Mar. 17, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hola Mary bfcomo estas?.Soy Vicky tu fan. algun dia me gustaria coetncroe en persona,y ademas ,deberias actuar en una pelicula nueva en donde fueras una Cenicienta por ejemplo .Pero no te preocupes porque las historias de Cenicienta siempre terminan con un final feliz .Ok ,espero que me respondas .BesosPD :Feliz cumple,hasta desearia que fueras mi hermana mayor .Si te gusta ,venime a visitar a Cordoba,en Argentina,y tengo que admitir que te ves y sos como una diosa en la tele y en la vida real.Chau" Jul. 10, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mary is a classic and timeless name. My mother-in-law was Mary and I have a few friends named Mary. I'd consider it for a daughter except the fact that it does rhyme with some negative things. I am now considering Marie." Sep. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name.I don't like it!IT MEANS SEA OF BITTERNESS!" Sep. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate


  • "how does your name influence your life and the decisions you make? I doubt anyone thinks of their name when they make a decision!" Jul. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I dont really like the name Mary alone but I love it when its used in a double name. My sister's name is Mary Jane." Mar. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My cousin has a daughter named Marry Rose. She is kind of naughty, but very cute. We get alot of laughs out of her." Nov. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mary is a little bit old fashioned but I don't mind it." Aug. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I didn't like my name when I was younger because I every one I knew named Mary was an "Old Lady". But now that I am a little bit older I realize what a wonderful name it is." Jul. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mary, and the only other Mary's I know are over the age of 30. I am under 16" Apr. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "mistress mary quiete contrary how does your garden grow? with silver belles and cokle shells and marigolds all in a row" Mar. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I didn't like my name for a long time because it wasn't creative. And it rhymes with so many negative things." Mar. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mothers name is mary and i think its a beautiful name...and 4 all yall who dot like it do sutin about it or else deal wit it....." Dec. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's all in what you make it. I know an 18 yr old Mary and she carries it very well. It is so uncommon now that it almost works again." Dec. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named in the 50s, when "Mary" was popular, and I hated always being one of six or seven Marys in a class. It was also my grandmother's name and my father showed up at the hospital full of beer and named me after her without confering with my mother. She had hard feelings about that until the day she died. "Mary" implies hard working, reliable, and dull as mud. I hate it." Sep. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't like my name very much. It's cool that not too many people my age (21) have it, but this means more and more people (especially those from other cultures) can't spell it (I wish I was kidding). My boyfriend thinks it's lovely though." Jun. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name is timeless! Strong, feminine, and pure... Even though the name seems to maintain popularity, I haven't met too many "Mary's"" May. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my grandma's and mother-in-law's name. I wouldn't give it to my daughter though." Dec. 13, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I feel it is very female and pretty. Men always like it because it is simple yet strong. No one ever asks how to spell it and thats great. I don't meet too many other Mary's but when I do I always think what a pretty name and I am glad I have it." Jun. 4, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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