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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE NAME OF MARY.


Q. 1. What does the name of "Mary" mean?

A. 1. The name "Mary" means "lady," "beautiful," or "well beloved." It was a favorite name given to Jewish women at the time of Christ. It was the name of Moses' sister. Nowadays it is an honored name with Catholics and one of the most popular.

Christian names of women come in a variety of forms, e.g., Maria, Marie, Miriam, and in combination with other names, e.g., Marianne or Rosemary. The Irish word for Mary, "Muire," is given only to Mary, the Mother of God; all other Marys are called Moira. Its special feast in the Western Church was observed on September 12, since 1684, in grateful memory of the Christian victory over the Turks at Vienna in 1683. The feast has been suppressed since the Second Vatican Council.



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