name of Mary

First mentioned in the Old Testament as the name of the sister of Moses. The name Mary has been given many meanings, for example: "the well-beloved," "the magnificent," "bitter," "star w the sea," "lady," "beautiful," "the perfect one." It was a favorite name among Jewish women in the time of Our Blessed Lady. It has always been honored among Catholics, and is one of the names in most general use. The Irish language has a special word, "Muire," which is never given to any Mary but the Mother of God.

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