Mary

First Name
4.1m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Mary mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Mary

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mar"y
Marrow.
interjection Ma"ry
See Marry.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The mother of Jesus; Christians refer to her as the Virgin Mary; she is especially honored by Roman Catholics
Wiktionary

From Old French Marie, from Latin Maria, from Ancient Greek Μαρία (María), Μαριάμ (Mariám), from Aramaic מַרְיָם (maryām) or Hebrew מִרְיָם (miryām), of uncertain origin.

  1. A female given name.
  2. The Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ.
  3. The 19th sura (chapter) of the Quran
  4. Any of several other women in the New Testament, notably Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha.
  5. (Ireland, dated) A middle name for a male, given in honour of the Virgin Mary.

Mary was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Mary

Mary Stuart was royalty. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1542 to 1542. Mary was born as the child of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise on December 8th, 1542 in Linlithgow Palace. She left this life on February 8th, 1587.

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Debbie Reynolds is an actress, singer, and dancer. Her ongoing career started in 1948. Debbie was given the name Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1st, 1932 in El Paso, Texas, U.S.

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Meryl Streep is an actress and film producer. She has been prominent since 1971. Meryl was given the name Mary Louise Streep on June 22nd, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, U.S.

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Mary I was royalty. Her career lasted from 1553 to 1553. Mary was born as the child of Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon on February 18th, 1516 in Palace of Placentia. She died on November 17th, 1558.

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Mary Tyler Moore is an actress. She was most prominent from 1957 to present. Mary was born on December 29th, 1936 in Brooklyn.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an actress, singer, and recording artist. She has had major accomplishments since 1997. Mary was born on November 28th, 1984 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Mary

Immaculate Conception of Mary is a saint.

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Princess Mary was royalty. She holds the title Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood, and Earl of Harewood. Princess was born as the child of George V and Mary of Teck on April 25th, 1897 in York Cottage. She died on March 28th, 1965.

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Mary is royalty. She holds the title Crown Princess of Denmark;, Countess of Monpezat, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, and Count of Monpezat. Mary was born as the child of John Dalgleish Donaldson on February 5th, 1972 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

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Blessed Virgin Mary is a saint. They hold the title West:Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Church, East:Theotokos, Islam:Sayyidatna("Our Lady"), Greatest Woman, The Chosen One, and The Purified One.

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Typhoid Mary is a comics character.

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary is a saint.

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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 16,781 16,706 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 15,019 14,961 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 18,744 18,665 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 32,422 32,304 118 #1 girl name
1913 36,768 36,642 126 #1 girl name
1914 45,472 45,345 127 #1 girl name
1915 58,346 58,187 159 #1 girl name
1916 61,602 61,438 164 #1 girl name
1917 64,440 64,281 159 #1 girl name
1918 67,535 67,366 169 #1 girl name
1919 65,995 65,841 154 #1 girl name
1920 71,175 70,980 195 #1 girl name
1921 74,169 73,982 187 #1 girl name
1922 72,361 72,175 186 #1 girl name
1923 71,838 71,635 203 #1 girl name
1924 73,756 73,532 224 #1 girl name
1925 70,857 70,597 260 #1 girl name
1926 68,101 67,829 272 #1 girl name
1927 70,920 70,637 283 #1 girl name
1928 67,163 66,869 294 #1 girl name
1929 63,837 63,510 327 #1 girl name
1930 64,486 64,146 340 #1 girl name
1931 60,621 60,296 325 #1 girl name
1932 60,202 59,872 330 #1 girl name
1933 55,825 55,507 318 #1 girl name
1934 57,226 56,924 302 #1 girl name
1935 55,341 55,065 276 #1 girl name
1936 54,666 54,373 293 #1 girl name
1937 55,930 55,642 288 #1 girl name
1938 56,498 56,214 284 #1 girl name
1939 55,175 54,903 272 #1 girl name
1940 56,504 56,201 303 #1 girl name
1941 58,355 58,040 315 #1 girl name
1942 63,525 63,249 276 #1 girl name
1943 66,423 66,169 254 #1 girl name
1944 62,718 62,466 252 #1 girl name
1945 59,482 59,284 198 #1 girl name
1946 67,654 67,468 186 #1 girl name
1947 71,872 71,688 184 #2 girl name
1948 68,760 68,596 164 #2 girl name
1949 67,031 66,862 169 #2 girl name
1950 65,601 65,482 119 #2 girl name
1951 65,887 65,726 161 #2 girl name
1952 65,798 65,639 159 #2 girl name
1953 64,518 64,372 146 #1 girl name
1954 68,175 68,005 170 #1 girl name
1955 63,309 63,162 147 #1 girl name
1956 61,894 61,750 144 #1 girl name
1957 61,275 61,092 183 #1 girl name
1958 55,994 55,853 141 #1 girl name
1959 54,647 54,477 170 #1 girl name
1960 51,643 51,474 169 #1 girl name
1961 47,843 47,676 167 #1 girl name
1962 43,646 43,488 158 #2 girl name
1963 41,687 41,550 137 #2 girl name
1964 41,123 40,989 134 #2 girl name
1965 34,408 34,272 136 #2 girl name
1966 28,994 28,886 108 #3 girl name
1967 25,445 25,318 127 #4 girl name
1968 21,823 21,722 101 #6 girl name
1969 19,959 19,851 108 #8 girl name
1970 19,305 19,206 99 #9 girl name
1971 16,783 16,697 86 #9 girl name
1972 13,834 13,760 74 #13 girl name
1973 12,372 12,318 54 #14 girl name
1974 11,799 11,738 61 #13 girl name
1975 11,034 10,968 66 #19 girl name
1976 10,380 10,318 62 #22 girl name
1977 10,711 10,659 52 #21 girl name
1978 10,105 10,044 61 #24 girl name
1979 10,624 10,559 65 #24 girl name
1980 11,527 11,475 52 #25 girl name
1981 11,110 11,043 67 #27 girl name
1982 10,928 10,855 73 #30 girl name
1983 9,953 9,896 57 #32 girl name
1984 9,345 9,289 56 #33 girl name
1985 9,311 9,244 67 #35 girl name
1986 8,553 8,506 47 #37 girl name
1987 8,464 8,395 69 #37 girl name
1988 8,558 8,510 48 #34 girl name
1989 8,718 8,644 74 #38 girl name
1990 8,711 8,666 45 #35 girl name
1991 8,792 8,760 32 #38 girl name
1992 8,483 8,458 25 #36 girl name
1993 8,137 8,119 18 #37 girl name
1994 7,761 7,751 10 #37 girl name
1995 7,465 7,452 13 #40 girl name
1996 6,972 6,956 16 #44 girl name
1997 6,649 6,636 13 #46 girl name
1998 6,457 6,443 14 #45 girl name
1999 6,383 6,372 11 #45 girl name
2000 6,202 6,192 10 #46 girl name
2001 5,742 5,729 13 #49 girl name
2002 5,472 5,460 12 #51 girl name
2003 5,025 5,016 9 #59 girl name
2004 4,840 4,809 31 #62 girl name
2005 4,464 4,454 10 #72 girl name
2006 4,100 4,090 10 #80 girl name
2007 3,689 3,679 10 #93 girl name
2008 3,497 3,497 0 #96 girl name
2009 3,160 3,160 0
2010 2,866 2,866 0
2011 2,706 2,706 0
2012 2,580 2,574 6
2013 2,646 2,646 0
2014 2,635 2,630 5
2015 2,624 2,624 0
2016 2,504 2,504 0
2017 2,381 2,381 0

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Popularity of Mary as a first name

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Popularity of Mary as a last name

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Common last names for Mary

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  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Murphy
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Common first names for Mary

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mary U.S.
  White 76.21% 64.26%
  African American 12.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.58% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.23% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.66% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mary

People with the last name Mary are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Mary

  • What name lists does Mary rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Mary? Mary is the 5th most popular name of all time. As a last name Mary was the 18,036th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mary have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,138,360 babies born with the first name Mary in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mary to occupy the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina with an estimated population of 3,839,737 (as of June 30, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mary? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7,092 new born babies.
  • When was Mary first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mary is Sunday, August 20th, 1843.
  • What year had the most people named Mary born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mary was in 1921 with a total of 73,982 babies. That's a lot of babies named Mary!
  • Random Mary Factoid: According to the 1941 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mary ranks 1st in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 505 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 1941.
  • Weird things about the name Mary: Your name in reverse order is Yram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mary. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mary? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,547 people with the last name Mary.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mary? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Mary as their last name since less than 1 person in 192k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.