Mary was for years the most popular name for girls. Now she has something of a rarity value outside the top 100


Mary was once the most popular girls’ name, inspired by Christian saints. Now she’s made way for more modern callings


Mary McLeod Bethune from slaves’ daughter to the White House, Mary O’Brien better known as singer Dusty Springfield, Mary Perkins made a billion out of selling specs, Mary Quant designer who helped define the Swinging Sixties, Queen Mary I dubbed Bloody Mary for persecuting Protestants, Mary Rand  golden girl of British athletics, Mary Shelley created the monster Frankenstein, Virgin Mary teenage mother of Jesus, Mary Whitehouse campaigned to uphold moral standards

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