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Why was the name Mary( means bitter) popular in biblical times? Disappointed to have a girl?

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  • Iris
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    The name may not mean "bitter" at all; no one knows for sure.

    One theory is that "Miriam" is the Hebrew version of an Egyptian name which means "beloved." This tends to make sense, as Moses' sister was born during slavery in Egypt, and Mary, Jesus' mother, was also born there.

  • 1 decade ago

    The root of Mary (and Miriam) is actually Myrrh, a bitter spice and preservative. Remember that Myrrh was both brought to Yeshua at His birth and was used in embalming Him following His crucifixion. If you consider the concept of being a preservative and remember also that Mary "treasured all these things in her heart" we have a different concept then "disappointed to have a girl". We have a unique function which in some respects is akin to salvation. Thus the popularity of the name.

  • 1 decade ago

    Mara means "bitter," not Mary. Mari is actually Mariam, which means "strong waters" and "Waters of Strength." Mari was also the name of a Goddess in those days.

  • 1 decade ago

    I thought Mara meant bitter.

    I think Mary means "of the sea," like "marine." Stella Maris means "star of the sea."

    Probably, she had a bitter fate because her son was going to be crucified. Then, other Marys were named after her.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The name Mary means "a tear".

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    cuz its pretty

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