Etymology
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Mary 

fem. proper name, Old English Maria, Marie, name of the mother of Jesus, from Latin Maria, from Greek Mariam, Maria, from Aramaic Maryam, from Hebrew Miryam, name of the sister of Moses (Exodus xv), a word of unknown origin, said to mean literally "rebellion."

The nursery rhyme "Mary had a Little Lamb" was written early 1830 by Sarah Josepha Hale of Boston and published September 1830 in "Juvenile Miscellany," a popular magazine for children. Mary Jane is 1921 as the proprietary name of a kind of low-heeled shoe worn chiefly by young girls, 1928 as slang for marijuana.

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Maria 
fem. proper name, from Late Latin; see Mary.
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Molly 

fem. proper name, a diminutive of Moll, which is a familiar form of Mary.

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Miriam 
fem. proper name, biblical sister of Moses and Aaron (Exodus xv.20), from Hebrew Miryam (see Mary).
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Polly 

fem. proper name, a rhyming collateral form of Molly, pet form of Mary. Noted as a parrot name from 1610s.

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Marilyn 

fem. proper name, a diminutive of Mary. In U.S., rare before c. 1910, but a top-20 name for girls born 1931-1939. 

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Marion 

fem. proper name, French, a diminutive of Marie (see Mary) and compare Marian.

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Marian 
fem. proper name, collateral form of Marion, a diminutive of French Marie (see Mary), but often taken for a compound of Mary and Anne.
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Mariolatry (n.)

"worship of the Virgin Mary," usually implying idolatrous or improper veneration, 1610s, from Mary + -latry "worship of," with connective element -o-. Related: Mariolater; Mariolatrous.

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marionette (n.)

"a puppet worked by strings," c. 1620, literally "little little Mary," from French marionette (16c.), diminutive of Old French mariole "figurine, idol, picture of the Virgin Mary," itself a diminutive of Marie (see Mary). For ending, see -ette.

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