As a Mary, you find that emotion tends to be the driving force in your life. Fortunately, for you, your emotions are a positive force, and you are a generous, gregarious, social, and friendly person. You care deeply for those around you, and you display your caring through your general good nature and joy in life. You are naturally able to talk to anyone, and you are always the first to strike up a great conversation—even with strangers! As a result, people are naturally drawn to you, and you have many, many friends and acquaintances. Another way you show your deep caring for others is through your generosity. If someone comes to you needing something—whether it be an sympathetic ear, financial help, or words of encouragement—you never hesitate to give. In turn, you are also extremely appreciative of kindnesses shown to you by others.
You are strong and independent, and you have no difficulty in reaching decisions. You live a life that is always on the move, and you always take advantage of unexpected opportunities to associate with people. You are spontaneous and go with the flow. You live in the here and now!
The original basis of the name Mary is the Hebrew Biblical name Miryam or Miriam. The meaning of Miryam is debated, but it is possibly “sea of bitterness” or “drop of the sea” or even possibly from an Egyptian name meaning “beloved.” In the Old Testament, Miryam was a prophetess and Moses’ sister. This name was adapted to Greek as Maria, and into Latin as Mary. In the New Testament, Mary was the name of several prominent people, most notably the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene.
In the year 1880, when the U.S. government started tracking the popularity of names, Mary was the most popular girls’ name in America. It stayed #1 all the way until 1946, when it overtaken by Linda in 1947. Mary came roaring back to #1 in 1953 and stayed there until 1962, when it lost its spot to Lisa. That was the end of Mary at number one until today, but she stayed in the Top 10 until 1972.
There are so many famous Marys that it’s hard to pick just a few. Royal Marys include Mary I of England, Mary II of England, and Mary Queen of Scots. Then, of course, there’s Mary of television royalty, Mary Tyler Moore. Let’s not forget gymnastics royalty, Gold Medal Winner Mary Lou Retton. On and on we can go . . . singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, actresses Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep, Mary “Farrah” Fawcett, Mary Elizabeth “Sissy” Spacek, and Mary Louise Parker.