Mary Me

It took me 16 blogs to come full circle.
I began with my name and a play on words, Mary Frances = Mary Fran Says.
Last week I wrote about my word nerdiness and today I’m writing about my name.

(I have many a Mary story to share, this is merely an introduction!)

Mar·y /ˈmɛəri/ [mair-ee]. It is Latin in origin and it means ‘star of the sea.’ There are also some other meanings like ‘sea of bitterness,’ ‘rebellion’ and ‘wished-for child.’

People think it’s a common name, but it hasn’t been on the Top 10 Baby Names list in almost fifty years.

It seems there are so few of us around today; I was surprised to see that according to the Social Security website,, there’ve been enough Mary’s over the past century to hold the number one girl’s spot between 1912-2011.
This chart,, shows that Mary was the most popular girls name from 1880 through the 1950’s, falling to number two in the 60’s, and out of the top ten after that.

I considered listing the famous Mary’s, but c’mon, they’re famous, you already know them.

I will mention the Mary state, but only because my mother’s name was Anne and the capital of Maryland is Annapolis. I think that’s cool.

I know a handful of Mary’s. Only a handful! I get so excited when I meet a new one. I feel like we share an instant bond, being a Mary in an Emma world.

I didn’t like my name until I was a teenager. I thought it was an old lady’s name, which made sense since I was named after a grandmother. I was working the daycare at my church and this woman brought in a newborn. A perfectly pink and cherubic tiny little life form, named Mary. That was the moment when I realized it is a lovely name and I was lucky to have it.

Plus, it rhymes with a lot of stuff so they put it in songs frequently.


This photo was taken in Rome. I didn’t paint it, I just posed with it.


About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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2 Responses to Mary Me

  1. Love your name and I love you!! My mom’s name is Mary and my confirmation name is Mary, maybe that’s why we bonded so easily!!!

  2. Kristin says:

    Kristin wasn’t even in the top 100!
    I’ve always loved the name Mary–somehow simple and elegant at the same time.

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