Mary is a classic name that has been used fairly consistently in English from the 16th century on. It represents the New testament version of the Hebrew name Miriam, an ancient name with possible Egyptian roots. It may be related to the element mrh meaning "to swell," implying fullness, or fertility. It has also been hypothesized that it is linked to the Indo-European word for "mother." Many baby name books list Mary as meaning "rebellious" or "bitter," this comes from linking it to the name Mara, which means "bitter." It is probably not related to this word.

other forms of Mary
See Also:
Maria, Marie

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