Meaning:star of the sea
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.

Famous Marys

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Mary Astor
  • Mary Pickford
  • Mary Pierce
    Tennis Player
  • Mary Shelley
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Mary
    Princess Augusta and Prince Adolphus

Popularity Trend Chart

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Source: Social Security Administration

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