[ 2 syll. ma-ri, mar-i ] The baby girl name Mari is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced MAA-Riy- †. Mari is of Old Greek, Japanese, and Hebrew origin. It is used mainly in English, Finnish, Hungarian, Japanese, Scandinavian, Welsh, Estonian, Breton, and Spanish. From Japanese roots, its meaning is 'ball' - in this context, Mari can be used in the English, Finnish, Hungarian, Japanese, Scandinavian, and Welsh languages.
In addition, Mari is an English, Finnish, Hungarian, Japanese, Scandinavian, and Welsh familiar form of the English and German Damaris.
Mari is also an English, Japanese, and Welsh form of the English, Gaelic, and Welsh Mair.
Mari is also an Estonian form of the English and Scottish Margaret.
Mari is also a Scandinavian form of the Czech, English, French, and German Marie.
Mari is also a form of the Japanese Mariko.
Mari is also a Breton, English, Finnish, Hungarian, Scandinavian, Spanish, and Welsh spelling variant of the English Mary.
Another variant of the name is the familiar form Marigold.
Mari is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1957, 0.020% of baby girls were named Mari. It was #466 in rank then. The baby name has markedly slipped in popularity since then, and is used only on a very light scale now. Out of the family of girl names directly related to Mari, Mary was the most widely used in 2018. Mari has in the last century been primarily given to baby girls.
† Pronunciation for Mari: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"