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Miriam

The Hebrew version of Mary, as well as the name of the sister of Moses. You know, the one who followed him when his mother put him in the basket in the river and kept an eye on things? Either way, a name of devotion.
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Amira

Using the same letters as Maria, the Latin version of Mary, this is a bit global in reach. It always reminds me of amor, or love, too.
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Marisol

A common Spanish name that comes from Mary of Solitude, ideal for a family that values introspection. The allusion to mar or sea, and sol or sun adds a beautiful second meaning.
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Mariah

After a surge in popularity thanks to Ms. Carey, Mariah may be worth considering again. I love the meaning of this name — the Lord is my teacher. What more could you want for your child?
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Myra

An anagram of Mary (mixing up the letters) that still gives you something short and sweet. It comes from the Greek and ties back to myrrh, one of the gifts brought by the wise men to baby Jesus.
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Marina

Meaning “to rejoice” in Hebrew, this also brings to mind the sea. If the ocean is meaningful to your family story, this is a lovely option.
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Maria

The Latin based version of Mary, there’s a sweetness to this name. It combines well with other names making it flexible when you have a challenging surname to match. Marie is growing in popularity as a little more mature. It means “wished for child,” especially perfect if getting pregnant hasn’t been easy.
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Marlene

This German name is a combination of Mary and Magdalene. If Magdalena strikes you as a bit too much, Marlene might be a good middle ground.
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Miri

Siri, the voice of Apple products, has infiltrated our lives. Miri slips Mary into an updated version in spelling with a similar pronunciation. It could be a nickname for Miriam too.

For boys, it may be more common to use Mary or Marie as a middle name, especially in non-English traditions. But there are other options, too.
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Miles

Meaning “servant of Mary,” according to Helen McLoughlin’s Nameday Cookbook, is a great tie-in for music lovers paying respect to Miles Davis as well. Milo is another version of the name, a little more unique. There are some important Mileses in Christian history, too, including the man who first translated the Bible into English.
11/14

Marion

More common a century ago, Marion keeps the Mary root and formalizes it a bit. That most famous cowboy John Wayne? Named Marion by his parents.
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Gilmore

Also means “servant of Mary,” according to McLoughlin. You might think of this as a last name, but switching things up is a definite naming trend. With Irish and Scottish roots, you can connect to your own heritage here.
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Gabriel

The angel who visited Mary and told her about the child she would bear. It definitely reminds us of her without being too literal. It means God is my strength, a powerful sentiment.
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