First name origins & meanings:
- Irish: Bitter
- Hebrew: Bitter; rebellion
First name variations: Maire, Mari, Merry, Marie, Maria, Miriam, Marian, Mame, Mamie, Maymie, Mayme, May, Mally, Molly, Polly, Mara, Maretta, Marel, Marella, Maren, Marlo, Mariette, Marieta, Meriel, Mimi, Minette, Minnie, Minny, Mitzi, Madonna, Marilla, Marla, Marya, Muriel, Manon, Manette, Marija, Marika, Maire, Mare, Marquita, Maure, Mairin, Maura, Maureen, Moira, Moire, Moya, Muire, Masha, Mairi, Mariya, Mashia, Mash, Mariath, Mary
Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: occupational name for an officer of the courts whose
functions resembled those of an English beadle (i.e. a minor official
who dealt with petty offenders) and who was known as a mair.
Compare Mayer 1. Reaney remarks that this title was used not
only of the king’s herald or sergeant but also of such officers as a
- Jewish: variant of Meyer 2.