Helen vs Mary - What's the difference?

helen | mary |

As a proper noun helen

is , a french type variant of helena.

As a noun mary is

(gay slang|chiefly|us) a male homosexual.



Proper noun

  • (Greek mythology) the daughter of Zeus and Leda, considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world; her abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War.
  • * 1602 William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida , Act I, Scene I
  • Fools on both sides! Helen must needs be fair,
    When with your blood you daily paint her thus.
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  • * 1928 , The Mystery of the Blue Train
  • "Is her name Ellen or Helen , Miss Viner? I thought - "
    Miss Viner closed her eyes.
    "I can sound my h's, dear, as well as anyone, but Helen is not a suitable name for a servant. I don't know what the mothers in the lower classes are coming to nowadays."
  • * 1993 , The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien , ISBN 0-14-023028-9, page 6:
  • - - - in 1910 she brought Helen' into the world, the little female, or "''mujercita''", as her mother called all the babies, naming her after the glittery label on a facial ointment, The ' Helen of Troy Beauty Pomade, said to eradicate wrinkles, to soften and add a youthful glow to the user's skin - a fortuitous choice because, of all the sisters, she would be the most beautiful and, never growing old, would always possess the face of a winsome adolescent beauty.
  • * 2003 , A Share in Death'', HarperCollins, ISBN 0060534389, page 189
  • Gemma followed her, thinking that Helen seemed rather an old-fashioned and elegant name for this rumpled young mother.



    (wikipedia Mary)

    Proper noun

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  • * 1821 Lord Byron, Don Juan : Canto the Fifth: IV:
  • I have a passion for the name of Mary , / For once it was a magic sound to me: / And still it half calls up the realm of fairy / Where I beheld what never was to be.
  • * 1830 Mary Russell Mitford, Our Village: Cottage Names :
  • Mary , which is as common as a white violet, and like that has something indestructibly sweet and simple, and fit for all wear, high or low, suits the cottage or the palace, the garden or the field, the pretty and the ugly, the old and the young;
  • * 1905 , Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway , Mary is a Grand Old Name ( a song)
  • For it was Mary'; '''Mary''' / Plain as any name can be / But with propriety, society / Will say "Marie". / But it was '''Mary'''; ' Mary / Long before the fashions came / And there's something there that sounds so square / It's a grand old name.
  • The Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ.
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  • Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
  • The 19th sura (chapter) of the Quran
  • Any of several other women in the New Testament, notably Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha.
  • * :
  • Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
  • (Ireland, dated) A middle name for a male, given in honour of the Virgin Mary.
  • Usage notes

    * The given name was considered too sacred to use before the end of the 12th century. It was very popular from the 17th to the 20th century.

    Derived terms

    * Marian * Bloody Mary * Mary Ann * Mary Jane

    Coordinate terms

    * Amina


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