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Mara Christian Name Query
« on: Friday 17 September 21 08:21 BST (UK) »
Hello All,
Does anyone know if 'Mara' was ever used an an abbreviation of the name Margaret?
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Bob
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Re: Mara Christian Name Query
« Reply #1 on: Friday 17 September 21 08:37 BST (UK) »
Mara is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Mara is "bitter", which carries the implication "strength".

The name may also be a Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek or East European variant of Mary, Marianna, Maria, Marzanna and as a short form of Tamara. It is a variant of Maura, an Anglicization of the Irish name Máire, the Irish name of Mary, or the Scottish name Moira.
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Re: Mara Christian Name Query
« Reply #2 on: Friday 17 September 21 09:09 BST (UK) »
Thanks. I'd read that. The transcription of the doc I'm interested in reads  '...Mara Johnstone...'.
The doc's details perfectly fit a Margaret Johnstone. I'm wondering if the original may have been
abbreviated to '...Marg. Johnstone...'. It may be that the transcriber mistook the 'g' for an 'a'.

Cheers,

Bob
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