Usage: Gaelic, Biblical
Pronounced: MAI-ree [key]
Unusual Gaelic form of Mary, which was the Latin form of the New Testament Greek names Mariam or Maria (the spellings are interchangeable), which were from the Hebrew name Miriam. The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love". This is the name of several New Testament characters, most importantly Mary the virgin mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. Two queens of England have had this name, as well as a Queen of Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots.
Since I've been asked about it, I'll also add that yes, the ARTWORK in my gallery is MINE. I like critiques and comments (and compliments!) so feel free to say whatever you want. No stealing, please.