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At its peak, Mary was the most popular girl’s name, coming in first or second for 80 years. At the time, an assortment of nicknames helped families to keep track of all the Mary’s at gatherings and holidays. A Biblical name, Mary appears in the New Testament most prominently as the mother of God or Christ. Nowadays, the foreign variants are grabbing all the attention, from the Hawaiian Malia to the French Manon. Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley has restored some of the name’s luster, although parents today are more likely to give their daughters first or middle names of Marie or Maria.
Mary: Baby Name Popularity
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