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Popularity
4.1m
in the U.S.
since 1880

Mary

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Of the Sea or Bitter
  • #5 All Time
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Boys
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542k Maria (Latin)
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19k Maura (Irish)
15k Mari (Hebrew)
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1k Maree (American)
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How popular is the baby name Mary in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 7,092 7,065 27 #1 girl name
1881 6,948 6,919 29 #1 girl name
1882 8,178 8,148 30 #1 girl name
1883 8,044 8,012 32 #1 girl name
1884 9,253 9,217 36 #1 girl name
1885 9,166 9,128 38 #1 girl name
1886 9,921 9,889 32 #1 girl name
1887 9,935 9,888 47 #1 girl name
1888 11,804 11,754 50 #1 girl name
1889 11,689 11,648 41 #1 girl name
1890 12,113 12,078 35 #1 girl name
1891 11,742 11,703 39 #1 girl name
1892 13,222 13,172 50 #1 girl name
1893 12,839 12,784 55 #1 girl name
1894 13,199 13,151 48 #1 girl name
1895 13,493 13,446 47 #1 girl name
1896 13,868 13,811 57 #1 girl name
1897 13,476 13,413 63 #1 girl name
1898 14,456 14,406 50 #1 girl name
1899 13,222 13,172 50 #1 girl name
1900 16,782 16,707 75 #1 girl name
1901 13,194 13,136 58 #1 girl name
1902 14,542 14,486 56 #1 girl name
1903 14,338 14,275 63 #1 girl name
1904 15,020 14,962 58 #1 girl name
1905 16,135 16,067 68 #1 girl name
1906 16,446 16,370 76 #1 girl name
1907 17,650 17,580 70 #1 girl name
1908 18,745 18,666 79 #1 girl name
1909 19,339 19,259 80 #1 girl name
1910 22,947 22,848 99 #1 girl name
1911 24,488 24,390 98 #1 girl name
1912 32,421 32,303 118 #1 girl name
1913 36,767 36,641 126 #1 girl name
1914 45,472 45,345 127 #1 girl name
1915 58,346 58,187 159 #1 girl name
1916 61,601 61,437 164 #1 girl name
1917 64,440 64,281 159 #1 girl name
1918 67,537 67,368 169 #1 girl name
1919 65,998 65,843 155 #1 girl name
1920 71,170 70,975 195 #1 girl name
1921 74,170 73,983 187 #1 girl name
1922 72,356 72,170 186 #1 girl name
1923 71,836 71,633 203 #1 girl name
1924 73,756 73,532 224 #1 girl name
1925 70,862 70,602 260 #1 girl name
1926 68,099 67,827 272 #1 girl name
1927 70,921 70,638 283 #1 girl name
1928 67,156 66,862 294 #1 girl name
1929 63,841 63,514 327 #1 girl name
1930 64,477 64,137 340 #1 girl name
1931 60,619 60,294 325 #1 girl name
1932 60,199 59,869 330 #1 girl name
1933 55,809 55,493 316 #1 girl name
1934 57,224 56,921 303 #1 girl name
1935 55,348 55,072 276 #1 girl name
1936 54,655 54,362 293 #1 girl name
1937 55,930 55,642 288 #1 girl name
1938 56,499 56,215 284 #1 girl name
1939 55,173 54,901 272 #1 girl name
1940 56,499 56,196 303 #1 girl name
1941 58,350 58,035 315 #1 girl name
1942 63,517 63,241 276 #1 girl name
1943 66,426 66,172 254 #1 girl name
1944 62,715 62,463 252 #1 girl name
1945 59,485 59,287 198 #1 girl name
1946 67,650 67,464 186 #1 girl name
1947 71,869 71,685 184 #2 girl name
1948 68,756 68,592 164 #2 girl name
1949 67,034 66,864 170 #2 girl name
1950 65,604 65,485 119 #2 girl name
1951 65,854 65,693 161 #2 girl name
1952 65,818 65,660 158 #2 girl name
1953 64,514 64,368 146 #1 girl name
1954 68,155 67,987 168 #1 girl name
1955 63,316 63,167 149 #1 girl name
1956 61,896 61,753 143 #1 girl name
1957 61,279 61,095 184 #1 girl name
1958 55,991 55,850 141 #1 girl name
1959 54,644 54,474 170 #1 girl name
1960 51,646 51,477 169 #1 girl name
1961 47,836 47,669 167 #1 girl name
1962 43,651 43,493 158 #2 girl name
1963 41,687 41,551 136 #2 girl name
1964 41,119 40,985 134 #2 girl name
1965 34,410 34,274 136 #2 girl name
1966 28,994 28,886 108 #3 girl name
1967 25,444 25,317 127 #4 girl name
1968 21,821 21,720 101 #6 girl name
1969 19,959 19,851 108 #8 girl name
1970 19,303 19,204 99 #9 girl name
1971 16,784 16,698 86 #9 girl name
1972 13,835 13,761 74 #13 girl name
1973 12,374 12,320 54 #14 girl name
1974 11,806 11,745 61 #13 girl name
1975 11,032 10,966 66 #19 girl name
1976 10,385 10,323 62 #22 girl name
1977 10,713 10,661 52 #21 girl name
1978 10,107 10,046 61 #24 girl name
1979 10,620 10,555 65 #24 girl name
1980 11,527 11,475 52 #25 girl name
1981 11,108 11,041 67 #27 girl name
1982 10,925 10,852 73 #30 girl name
1983 9,952 9,895 57 #32 girl name
1984 9,346 9,290 56 #33 girl name
1985 9,307 9,240 67 #35 girl name
1986 8,552 8,505 47 #37 girl name
1987 8,463 8,394 69 #37 girl name
1988 8,556 8,508 48 #34 girl name
1989 8,716 8,642 74 #38 girl name
1990 8,710 8,665 45 #35 girl name
1991 8,789 8,757 32 #38 girl name
1992 8,479 8,454 25 #36 girl name
1993 8,133 8,115 18 #37 girl name
1994 7,760 7,750 10 #37 girl name
1995 7,451 7,438 13 #40 girl name
1996 6,961 6,946 15 #44 girl name
1997 6,644 6,631 13 #46 girl name
1998 6,448 6,434 14 #45 girl name
1999 6,371 6,360 11 #45 girl name
2000 6,194 6,184 10 #46 girl name
2001 5,738 5,725 13 #49 girl name
2002 5,467 5,455 12 #51 girl name
2003 5,019 5,010 9 #59 girl name
2004 4,836 4,805 31 #62 girl name
2005 4,461 4,451 10 #72 girl name
2006 4,096 4,086 10 #80 girl name
2007 3,684 3,674 10 #93 girl name
2008 3,493 3,493 0 #96 girl name
2009 3,155 3,155 0
2010 2,863 2,863 0
2011 2,704 2,704 0
2012 2,572 2,566 6
2013 2,639 2,639 0
2014 2,629 2,624 5
2015 2,602 2,602 0

Want to know about the popularity of the Mary baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,133,216 babies born with the name Mary in the United States. That's more than enough Maries to occupy the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina with an estimated population of 3,839,737 (as of June 30, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 7,092 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Mary" was in 1921 with a total of 73,983 babies. (That's a lot of baby Maries)

According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Mary" ranks #1 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 235 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1921. Across the entire United States a total of 74,170 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Mary" mean? The list below shows the origins of Mary as well as things modernly associated with the name Mary such as celebrities named Mary.

Origin and Meaning of Mary

The name "Mary" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Of the Sea or Bitter". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1978 to present. Mary was born in 1953 as Mary Nell Steenburgen in Newport, Arkansas, U.S.

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Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1957 to present. Mary was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is an actress, voice actress, singer, and film producer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1971 to present. Meryl was born in 1949 as Mary Louise Streep in Summit, New Jersey, U.S.

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Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Elle was born in 1998 as Mary Elle Fanning in Conyers, Georgia, U.S.

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Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1994 to present. Rose was born in 1979 as Mary Rose Byrne in Balmain, New South Wales, Australia.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1997 to present. Mary was born in 1984 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S.

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Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is a singer, songwriter, model, and record producer specializing in R&B, soul, hip hop soul, and neo soul music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1989 to present. Mary was born in 1971 as Mary Jane Blige in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Mary

Mary J Blige
Mary Kate Olsen
Mary Mary
Mary Poppins
Mary Queen Of Scots
Mary Kay
Mary Lee
Mary Washington

Alternative Meanings

M is for mystery, the part of you that cannot be explained.

A is for abundant, your cheer knows no bounds.

R is for realist, the way you are.

Y is for young, the years never show!

Your name in reverse order is "Yram". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Army". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Mary born Jul 6, 1923

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern England approximately on 1775. Your profession was builder of roads, bridges, and docks.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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