See also Máire (disambiguation)
Máire is the Irish form of the English name Mary. It was and still is a popular name in Ireland, and is sometimes spelt in its Anglicized form Maura. Its overwhelming popularity was due to the Irish devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, but in recent times Irish religious devotion has waned and far fewer girls are being named Máire or Mary.
Anyone who is usually known by the name Mary or its derivatives would have been registered as Máire at school in Ireland as this is the norm with all names where there is a translation. Even outside of school, a woman may, if she so chooses, be known as Máire on all legal documents as an Irish person's name has a legal form in either official language of the State. For example; a woman named Mary Murphy
would be known in Irish
as Máire Ní Mhurchú
if she is unmarried and Máire Uí Mhurchú
if she is married.
Due to a very strong devotion of Irish Catholics
to the Blessed Virgin Mary
, a special exception is made for Her name. In Irish
, She is known as Muire
and no one else may take that name similar to the way the name Jesus
is not used in most languages.
was the unusual pen name
of the Irish author Séamus Ó Grianna