ע
ABARIM
Publications
Discover the meanings of thousands of Biblical names in Abarim Publications' Biblical Name Vault

Mary meaning

Μαρια
Please help us financially

🔼The name Mary in the Bible

There are quite a few women named Mary in the Bible:

  • The mother of Jesus (Matthew 1:16).
  • Mary Magdalene (Matthew 27:56).
  • The wife of Clopas (John 19:25).
  • The sister of Martha and Lazarus (John 11:1).
  • The mother of John Mark (Acts 12:12).
  • A disciple in Rome (Rom 16:6).

🔼Etymology of the name Mary

The English name Mary is a transliteration of the Greek name Maria, which in turn comes from the Hebrew Miriam. See the name Maria for an explanation of how Miriam became Maria.

Like other typical Levite names such as Aaron and Moses, the name Miriam is probably Egyptian of origin, derived from a word that means Beloved. But to a Hebrew audience it may have seemed that the name Miriam came from the verb מרה (mara) meaning to be rebellious or disobedient. However, the Greek name Maria (which became Mary in the English language area) may have reminded a Hebrew audience of the Hebrew and Aramaic verb מרר (marar), meaning to be bitter or strong:

🔼Maria meaning

For a meaning of the name Mary, NOBSE Study Bible Name List has "same as Miriam," and for Miriam it proposes Obstinacy (Stubbornness). Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Their Rebellion for Miriam.

Here at Abarim Publications we like to believe that these names have to do with מר (mor), meaning myrrh. Read our article on the name Nicodemus for an explanation.

Please help us