National Mary Day is celebrated on August 10 around the world. Mary, a traditional American name and a holy symbol of Christianity, is one of history’s most popular feminine names. Popularized by the Holy Bible, the name holds immense significance in the Christian culture. If you’re lucky enough to have Mary in your life, let her feel the love on her special day.
History of National Mary Day
The name Mary has one of the most interesting origins. Mary is the English version of the Latin name Maria, which is the Greek interpretation of the name Mariam, which has roots in Hebrew. Whew! A mouthful. Like the tale of its origination, many popular theories are attached to the historical meaning of the name, with one arrow pointing towards it translating to “rebellious” or “bitter” about its reference to the enslaved Egyptians. The other root meaning may mean “beloved,” as Mirium is one of the kind and loving sisters of Moses in the Old Testament of the Bible.
Mary’s remained the most popular feminine name in the U.S. until 1961 when Linda dethroned it. Ever since that year, Mary has struggled to rise to the charts. It may never return to its former glory for many reasons. Experts say that almost every American has an aunt named Mary, which discourages the adoption of the name in families. Another arrow points towards the decline of Christian influence in the nomenclature of children. Despite the drop, there are enough Marys for us to celebrate this holiday in the highest of spirits. According to data collected by Maniacs Info, more than 1,992,350 Marys have lived and live in the U.S.
Throughout its history, Mary has also been combined with many other names, leading to results like Marybeth (Mary + Beth), Marilee (Mary + Lee), Marilyn (Mary + Lynne), and Maryanne (Mary + Anne). On National Mary Day, we celebrate the everlasting popularity of the name and honor Mother Mary herself.
National Mary Day timeline
Maria, the Christian given name for the Mother of God, is recorded for the first time.
Several translations of the Holy Bible use the spelling Marie, which later evolves to Mary.
Mary, Queen of Scots, ascends the throne, further popularizing the name.
Mary tops the charts as the most popular feminine name across the U.S.
National Mary Day FAQs
Is Mary still a popular name?
Mary no longer ranks in the top 100 most popular names for girls in the U.S.
Is Mary a Christian name?
Mary is a biblical name. There are many interpretations of the name Mary in the Hebrew dialect, including ‘beloved’ and ‘rebellious.’
How many Mary are there in the U.S.?
As per My Name Stats, there are more than three million Marys in the U.S.
National Mary Day Activities
Buy a Bloody Mary for a Mary
This National Mary Day, let the Mary or Marys in your life know that drinks are on you. Celebrate the beautiful namesakes and ask them if they understand why their parents give them this name.
Bake Bloody Mary cupcakes
Here’s your cue to bake the most delicious Bloody Mary cupcakes with cayenne pepper buttercream frosting. The recipe is simple, the ingredients are few, and the occasion is right. Just Google the recipe and treat your crew to this utterly delicious afternoon delight.
Read “The Testament of Mary”
“The Testament of Mary” is a 2012 novel by Irish writer Colm Tóibín. The book is written from Mother Mary's perspective, describing her final days of life. It is a beautiful and thought-provoking illustration of Mary and her agony of losing a son she refuses to consider a Messiah.
5 Famous Marys Throughout History
The Virgin Mary
Blessed Mary, the wife of Joseph and the Mother of Jesus.
A disciple of Jesus an honored follower, and the most mentioned apostle in the gospels.
Mary, Queen of Scots
Princess, Queen, Mother, and the final Queen of Scotland.
Accomplished English novelist and a trailblazer for science fiction literature.
Pulitzer Prize-winner, wild chaser, and empress of poetry and prose.
Why We Love National Mary Day
It’s an iconic English name
Mary was the most popular feminine name in the English-speaking world until the 1960s. The linguistic sisters of Mary, namely Maria (Spanish) and Marie (French), have also ranked at the top for centuries. It is hard to match the once acclaimed popularity of this beautiful four-letter name.
It celebrates the transition of the name
Until the 12th century, Mary was considered out of bounds. No parent dared to touch this ‘sacred’ name for their baby girl. However, the general public was more lenient towards the name in the 13th century, and Mary blanketed nearly a quarter of the female population. National Mary Day honors the history of the name and its enduring charm.
It celebrates a ‘magic’ name
Poetry pioneer Lord Byron once proclaimed Mary as a ‘magic’ name, and we agree. History bore witness to numerous Marys, who have proven their metal and the worth of their name by their thoughtful actions. From Mary Shelley to your next-door neighbor Mary, on August 10, we honor them all.
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