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(43 Posts)
akorda Wed 03-Jun-15 19:35:05

Such a lovely, classic, soft-sounding name? Why has this not had a revival?

heylilbunny Wed 03-Jun-15 19:39:46

I know some young Marys and also young girls (under 10) with forms of Mary such as Miriam and Maria. So I think it is being used but has not hit the big numbers yet.

JacobWrestling Wed 03-Jun-15 19:40:47

I like it very much.

paxtecum Wed 03-Jun-15 19:44:16

Mary is a beautiful name.

VixxFace Wed 03-Jun-15 19:57:16


Sophronia Wed 03-Jun-15 20:01:20

I think people see it as being quite plain. Plus it rhymes with 'hairy'

getbusyliving Wed 03-Jun-15 20:05:01

Beautiful name

HuftysTrain Wed 03-Jun-15 20:09:11

Very sweet name.

I suppose, for any Catholics amongst us, it's a name we grew up with - there are tonnes of Marys in my parents' social circle and families. It'll come back, but might be another generation away.

MamaLazarou Wed 03-Jun-15 20:43:04

I love Mary. It would be first on my list but there is a famous Mary with our surname.

CrystalMcPistol Wed 03-Jun-15 20:48:59

I agree with hufty. If you're from a Catholic background it seems quite a religious name to give your child. If you're an Irish woman over the age of 50 there's a good chance your name is Mary, if you're an Irish woman between the ages of 30 and 50 there's a good chance you're middle name is Mary.

I can imagine in England it seems fresher.

Bjn765 Wed 03-Jun-15 20:50:28

I also like this name and had it on my list but my husband feels it is too religious for him.

QueenBean Wed 03-Jun-15 20:56:35

I would think of hairy Mary

And it sounds like an Irish mammies name

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Wed 03-Jun-15 20:58:24

I love it! It was on my list for dd.

sweetpeame Wed 03-Jun-15 21:10:33

As an Irish person I have to agree with some of the comments above - Mary doesn't sound fresh or lovely to me. It's incredibly common amongst a particular age group in Ireland, probably 50+ now. To me it screams plain and unimaginative, not a name I'd ever consider is due a revival.

KERALA1 Wed 03-Jun-15 21:34:03

Love it. Very rare in England amongst all the eves Lily's and Millie mollys

TheNewStatesman Thu 04-Jun-15 04:42:47

Mary was my No. 2 choice. Fab name.

stareatthetvscreen Thu 04-Jun-15 04:50:40

its my dds middle name.i love it.

meringue33 Thu 04-Jun-15 05:13:01

Love it

Evanna13 Thu 04-Jun-15 11:05:15

It is a nice name, plain and simple like Ann or Jane.

In Ireland almost half of women over 50 are called Mary and everyone has an auntie Mary so I think many people associate it as a name for an older person. It is my middle name and I think a lot of people in my generation have it as a middle name.

The religious background to the name is likely to turn a lot of people off also.

I think it is a lovely sounding name, but personally for the reasons above and also because there are so many names I prefer I would not choose it as a first name if I had a daughter. Perhaps as a middle name...

squoosh Thu 04-Jun-15 11:09:00

Yep, it's my middle name and the middle name of 90% of my female Irish friends. I've just looked it up though and apparently it was the 81st most popular girls name in Ireland in 2013.

I'm surprised at that.

makesomenoise Thu 04-Jun-15 13:56:00

Round here it's a term used for your fanjo.

momb Thu 04-Jun-15 14:00:57

One of my DDs is named Mary. In a school year of Molly, Phoebe, Milly etc it was resonantly similar, easy to spell, but unusual (English) so ticked all our boxes.
I did think that it sounds like the name the girl with the headband from the test-card would have...DD is definitely not like that!

CakeRattleandRoll Thu 04-Jun-15 17:00:47

Love it and would have chosen it for DD, but was too sing-song with our surname. Also love Miriam but DH vetoed.

minandensommerhus Thu 04-Jun-15 17:03:41

I really like it. My Grandmother was a Mary and a few people suggested Molly to me. No offence to others who feel differently but I dislike the wishwashy feel of Molly and I like the substance (both regal, and Christian) to Mary.

minandensommerhus Thu 04-Jun-15 17:39:55

Mary Queen of Scots! My Grandmother was not named after the virgin Mary, she was born in about 1898 and she was named for Mary Queen of Scotland.

I agree, names like Anna and Jane and Mary are refreshing again. So many Lucias and Amelias and Isabellas and Sophias, and they are beautiful names of course but Jane and Mary are 'stand out' names now. Well, to me they are. I also like Ruth. Not to everybody's taste but I like it.

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