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, Bill Tarkulich
> Especially for Frank K., but anyone please reply,
> I've noticed on immigration documents of a few different women from
Slovakia, whose name was "Maria" often times sign their immigration
papers, or American documents, early on as "Meri" or "Mari".
Diminutive? Nickname of American "Mary". Can you comment on this?
Etymology of Mary, Maria, Marie (E)
MARY f English, Biblical
Usual English form of Maria, which was the Latin form of the New
Testament Greek names Mariam or Maria (the spellings are
interchangeable), which were from the Hebrew name Miriam.
Maria (It, Sp, Ger)
Marie (Fr, Port)
Mária (dim. Mara, Mari, Maris, Marika, Mariska, Macsi, Maca, Matyi,
Ria, Rika) (H)
Maria (dim. Maja, Majka, Mana, Marika, Marienka) (Sk)
Maria, Marja, Marya, Macia (P)
Marie, Marika, Mana, Marenka (Cz)
Mare, Marija (Cr)
Mari, Marija (Sl)
M a p b R (Cyrillic)
M a r . ya (Rus)
M a p i R (Cyrillic)
M a r ee ya (Ukr)
William F. Hoffman wrote that " the main cause of name distortion is
the imprecision inherent in trying to represent spoken sounds in
If everyone spoke the same language, spoke it the same, and spelled
it the same, we'd have no problems !