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Molly (f) Gaelic Maui. A pet form of Mary occasionally
used as an independent name in Scotland. ‘I was christened Mary, but Papa likes Molly,’ says a character in Wives and Daughters (1866), by Mrs Gaskell. ‘That’s right. Keep to the good old fashions,’ is the reply. Black (The Surnames of Scotland) tells us that Male (=: Malie) ‘was a common forename for women in Edinburgh in the
sixteenth century.’

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