The Name Mary

WDYT of [name_f]Mary[/name_f]? Boring and overused or cute and unexpected on a baby?

[name_f]Mary[/name_f] is lovely. She’s a classic like [name_f]Jane[/name_f] which used to be overused but has dramatically dropped in popularity to the point where if I stumbled across a little baby named [name_f]Mary[/name_f] I would honesty be surprised. I used to dislike [name_f]Mary[/name_f] but her quiet humility and elegance has really won me over. She’s just such a simple, elegant classic.

I think [name_f]Mary[/name_f] would be a surprising and refreshing classic choice for a little girl. I would throw in an exotic middle name for fun – like [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Anatolia[/name_f].

I really like [name_f]Mary[/name_f]. I don’t think it’s overused these days. I’ve only met a couple of people by that name and no one under 30. I would also pair with something longer and more exotic. I like Saracita00’s suggestion of [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Anatolia[/name_f]!

I love [name_f]Mary[/name_f]. I think it’s quiet and pretty. I know some people are all about making a statement, but [name_f]Mary[/name_f] seems like a real girl you would want to know and I like that. I agree that it would be fun to pair it with something bolder in the middle. You could even use it as a double name, like [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] but more exciting. [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Genevieve[/name_f], [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Athena[/name_f]…my guilty pleasure is [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Apple[/name_f], but I know everyone hates apple as a name.

It used to be boring and overused. But now? I can’t even remember the last time I met a [name_f]Mary[/name_f] (adult or child). I miss it.

Really, if I came across a [name_f]Mary[/name_f] now…I would probably shake the mom’s hand and thank her for brightening my day. haha :smiley:

I love [name_f]Mary[/name_f]! It’s just so sweet and while it was overused in the past, I haven’t run into a child named [name_f]Mary[/name_f] in years. In fact, the youngest [name_f]Mary[/name_f] that I know is in her thirties, so I think naming a baby [name_f]Mary[/name_f] today would be rather unexpected.

I [name_f]LOVE[/name_f] [name_f]Mary[/name_f]! [name_f]One[/name_f] of my all time favorites! I rarely hear it unless it is a double barrel like [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f], [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Catherine[/name_f], [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] etc.

My name is [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f], and I love my first name. I’ve grown to appreciate it over the past couple of years and I always love meeting another [name_f]Mary[/name_f], though I prefer to be called [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f]. [name_f]Mary[/name_f] can perk up the so-called “filler” middle names. I love combinations like [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Claire[/name_f], [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Pearl[/name_f], [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Faith[/name_f], [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] and [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Julia[/name_f], though I couldn’t use one for a daughter because that might look tacky in this day and age.

Everyone keeps saying [name_f]Mary[/name_f] would be unexpected on a baby, but 2,535 little [name_f]Marys[/name_f] were born in the U.S. last year, so it’s not as unused these days as everyone thinks. My cousin [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Katherine[/name_f] (nn [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Kate[/name_f]) was one of them, and her name suits her perfectly.

I adore [name_f]Mary[/name_f]. I love many of the [name_f]Mary[/name_f] spinoffs too, like [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f], [name_u]Marian[/name_u], and [name_f]Mariel[/name_f].

It’s not as uncommon as some think. It’s at #123 so it’s not what I’d call unheard of. (In the states at least, so obviously depends where you’re from.)

Anyhow, [name_f]Mary[/name_f] is not my favourite, I find it rather plain, but I don’t think it’s a bad name by any means.

I generally prefer it’s variants like [name_f]Marie[/name_f], [name_f]Mara[/name_f], [name_f]Molly[/name_f] and [name_f]Marietta[/name_f]. I really, really love [name_f]Maria[/name_f] and [name_u]Marion[/name_u] though.

I love [name_f]Mary[/name_f], what about:
[name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u]
[name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Annabeth[/name_f]
[name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Natalia[/name_f]
[name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Alexandria[/name_f]
[name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Faith[/name_f]
[name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_u]Ellis[/name_u]

I love it! It’s my name (though the double-barreled [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Renee[/name_f]) and people call me: [name_f]Mary[/name_f]; [name_f]Renee[/name_f]; Nae-nae; Nae; [name_f]Mary[/name_f]-Nae; [name_f]Mae[/name_f]; [name_f]Mae[/name_f]-[name_f]Mae[/name_f]; and virtually any other possible combination : ) I think it would be a fresh choice, especially used on it’s own (though I love [name_f]Mary[/name_f]-[name_f]Grace[/name_f], most other combos are a bit dull to me). My favorite double-barrels are (including the aforementioned):


And my favorite middles are:


I think it’s a great name for a little girl. I love more surprising combinations like [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Lenore[/name_f], [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Penelope[/name_f], or [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Juliette[/name_f].

This thread is reminding me of how much I love [name_f]Mary[/name_f]. I’ve kept it off my list because one of my son’s is [name_m]Mark[/name_m], but it’s such a sweet name.

I’m not a fan. I just don’t like how it sounds, [name_f]Mare[/name_f]-ee. I prefer the softer versions, [name_f]Marie[/name_f], [name_f]Maria[/name_f]… particularly [name_f]Marya[/name_f], it changes the pronunciation just enough for me to like the Y. ([name_f]MAR[/name_f]-ee-ya as opposed to Muh-[name_f]REE[/name_f]-uh)

I really like [name_f]Mary[/name_f], but not as much as [name_f]Anne[/name_f]. I like [name_f]Mary[/name_f] as a middle a lot. If we have a girl, we’ll be doing a middle name after my mother who is a [name_f]Katherine[/name_f] [name_f]Mary[/name_f]. It is used a lot in the South paired with a surname (usually a maiden name or similar). I knew a [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_m]Miller[/name_m] growing up, as well as a [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_m]Todd[/name_m].

I was curious about the same thing, since its a family name for me. I love it but it is a tad plain for my taste & I feel like a second name takes from it. I agree with some of the othet posts its not exstreamly common anymore but its so widely known that it seems a thousand times more common than it is. Reminds of perfect innocent simplicity tho :slight_smile:

An elegant and to me happy name that probably pairs best with a somewhat unusual surname.

I only know one. She’s a lovely woman I’m deeply fond of, so whenever I hear the name I picture huge honest grey-blue eyes, brown-sugar hair, and a wicked tomboy sense of humour. :slight_smile:

I don’t want to use it, though. I much prefer [name_f]Jane[/name_f], as far as evergreen standards, and I actually prefer the even-less-fashionable [name_f]Marie[/name_f]. [name_f]Marie[/name_f] and [name_f]Mary[/name_f] feel similar to me, but [name_f]Marie[/name_f] is a bit more vintage and girly.

I would, however, admire it with a fairly eccentric middle name. [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Andromeda[/name_f] or [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Quintana[/name_f] is much more interesting to me than [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] or [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Theresa[/name_f] which just sound a bit like default Catholic schoolgirl names to me. At least take [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] to an international place a la [name_f]Ekaterina[/name_f] or something!