Origin of mary
- Late Latin Maria from Greek Maria, Mariam from Hebrew miryām rym in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Latin Maria, from Ancient Greek ÎœÎ±ÏÎ¯Î± (Maria), ÎœÎ±ÏÎ¹Î¬Î¼ (Mariam), possibly from Aramaic ×ž×¨×™× (maryÄm, “bitter"), from a root ×ž×¨ (MR, “to be bitter"). The name corresponds to the Hebrew ×ž×¨×™× (MiryÄm), Old Testament Miriam. The meaning is much debated. Some argue it means mutiny, rebellion, disobedience from the Hebrew root ×ž×¨×™ (m-r-y).
- From Mary, female name.