Well, the sad fact is, that in Great Britain, the top name for a girl today is (according to the 2008 figures from the Office of National Statistics) Olivia. Mary does not appear, certainly not in the top 10 and, I suspect, the top 20.
This is sad. And I am allowed to be smug because we have three daughters all called Mary! Finola Mary, Mary Sinead and Catherine Mary - not a bad route to go for Catholic couples.
It would be good to see Joseph climbing up the popularity charts in GB but, Mohamed in all its various spellings has the monopoly - a sign of the times in which we live.
|Three sisters - three Marys!|