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How was my Nan's friend's name likely to be spelt...?

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typsical Fri 05-Aug-11 22:28:22

My Nan had a good friend who she talked about a lot, and her name was pronounced 'Marry'. Is this likely to have been a shortened version of something, like, say, Marigold...? Or is it another way of pronouncing Marie (which I would pronounce MaREE)? Thanks, and sorry for the ignorance! smile

iskra Fri 05-Aug-11 22:29:01

My friend's mum is Marie, pronounced Marry.

TIDDLYMUM Fri 05-Aug-11 22:29:45

Marie, I would say x

Darnsarfupnorf Fri 05-Aug-11 22:30:47

I was going to say the same, could get annoying correcting everyone all the time!

greenzebra Fri 05-Aug-11 22:31:17


I ve seen it spelt both these ways.

TheSecondComing Fri 05-Aug-11 22:31:25

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Summerbird73 Fri 05-Aug-11 22:31:51

YY like Marie Stopes ('Marrie' Stopes)

DuelingFanjo Fri 05-Aug-11 22:31:54

it would be Mari in Wales, was there a Welsh connection?

FellatioNelson Fri 05-Aug-11 22:32:17

My mum has a cousin called Marie but she pronounces it Mar-ree, with a long aar sound. I also know a woman whose name is Marrie. I would guess it is short for Marilyn, or Marian.

NicwNacw Fri 05-Aug-11 22:32:25

Was she Welsh? A popular welsh girls name is 'Mari'

iskra Fri 05-Aug-11 22:32:58

No, Marie Stopes pronounced it MAH-ree, not Marry.

NicwNacw Fri 05-Aug-11 22:33:28

Sorry Dueling Fanjo - cross posts!

Demiwave Fri 05-Aug-11 22:34:41


BibiBelle Fri 05-Aug-11 22:35:01

In Scotland it's Mhairi or Vhairi pn Marry

suzikettles Fri 05-Aug-11 22:35:49

The gaelic for Mary is Mhari or Mairi, pronounced Marry.

FairyArmadillo Fri 05-Aug-11 22:36:07


slartybartfast Fri 05-Aug-11 22:36:11

shorted to marry ?

or more likely perhaps Marigold, shortened

DuelingFanjo Fri 05-Aug-11 22:36:13

Nicwnacw, someone had to say it grin
I think someone got there before me too!

slartybartfast Fri 05-Aug-11 22:37:04

i thought marry stopes was the pronunciation?

slartybartfast Fri 05-Aug-11 22:40:04

unless she was french, and that is the pronuncation of marie

typsical Fri 05-Aug-11 22:40:13

Dueling and Nicw My Nan was Welsh.. But I don't think her friend was.. Nan actually had two friends who were called this, come to think of it. And I think one of them (maybe both) had Irish connections, if that helps...? Thank you all.

typsical Fri 05-Aug-11 22:43:20

cross posts... sorry! Interesting, thank you all!

ilovejondanby Fri 05-Aug-11 23:01:55

Mari x

superjobee Fri 05-Aug-11 23:03:59

mhairi, i went to school with one!

FunnysInTheGarden Fri 05-Aug-11 23:05:58

I was going to say the same slarty, the french way of saying Marie is Marri

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