A variant of Maria, this name has several meanings, including “sea of bitterness,” “wished for child,” and “rebelliousness,” and, of course, a lot of parents pick it for its biblical significance. So you might end up with a little girl who works miracles, but also tells you off and sneaks out with her friends as a teen. Buckle up!
Mae, May, Mimi.
Famous people named Mary:
Actresses Mary Tyler Moore and Mary Louise Parker; singer Mary J. Blige; gymnast Mary Lou Retton; Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Mary Todd Lincoln was wife to one of America’s most famous presidents.