Make-a-List Monday: Mary in its various forms

I thought I’d do a Make-a-List Monday for girls and women who have the first name Mary, or some variant of Mary. The various forms of Mary were the most popular female name in the Christian world for 400 years. Because the name was so common, a lot of girls named Mary went by a nickname, or by their middle name, by their first and middle names together.

In 1947 in the United States, “Linda” ousted “Mary” from its position as most popular name. But Mary had the last laugh. Last year, according to the Social Security administration, Mary ranked 124, with 2,604 newborn girls given that name; Linda ranked #671, with just 423 babies named that.

For this list I’m using Nameberry‘s list of Mary’s international variations and list of stylish variations (that is, nicknames), so if you don’t like my choices, blame Nameberry, not me.

If the MP’s name has a * next to it, it means the person is male. John Wayne’s real first name was Marion, and regarding the “Marian” thing, Nameberry says that in Polish, “Marian” is a form of the indubitably male name Marius.

And, of course, I include the usual caveat that I might have missed a few.


  1. Mary Jill Adams
  2. Mary Edna Badaracco
  3. Mary Ann Bagenstose
  4. Mary Lou Bivins
  5. Mary Lou Black
  6. Mary Lou Boston
  7. Mary Eleanor Wolf Brenion
  8. Mary Gertrude Brosley
  9. Mary Rachel Bryan
  10. Mary Jo Burnette
  11. Mary Patricia Burns
  12. Mary Anna Carmelo
  13. Mary Virginia Carpenter
  14. Mary Elizabeth Carter
  15. Mary Margaret Cook
  16. Mary Alice Cox
  17. Mary Louise Day
  18. Mary Elizabeth Dietz
  19. Mary Alice Dixon
  20. Mary Darlene Evans
  21. Mary Carol Hill Fredrick
  22. Mary Geneva Friend
  23. Mary Angela Gallegos
  24. Mary Kathryn Greene
  25. Mary Frances Gregory
  26. Mary Everette Harrison
  27. Mary Louise Hawkins
  28. Mary Alice Helm
  29. Mary Inez Hoy
  30. Mary Frances Hunter
  31. Mary Elizabeth Jarrett
  32. Mary Ann Johnson
  33. Mary Sue Kitts
  34. Mary Ann Knightly
  35. Mary T. Kushto
  36. Mary Denise Lands
  37. Mary Georgine Lang
  38. Mary Jacqueline Levitz
  39. Mary Shotwell Little
  40. Mary Jo Lee Long
  41. Mary Elizabeth Loper
  42. Mary Elizabeth Lozano
  43. Mary Ellen Marcum
  44. Mary Louise McCullar
  45. Mary McFadyen
  46. Mary Jean McLaughlin
  47. Mary Kay McMillan
  48. Mary Katherine Miller
  49. Mary Agnes Moroney
  50. Mary Oliva
  51. Mary Opitz
  52. Mary Ann Perez
  53. Mary Francis Pike
  54. Mary Elizabeth Plavnick
  55. Mary Kay Radford
  56. Mary Colette Rawlinson
  57. Mary Elizabeth Rico
  58. Mary Rhodes Robertson
  59. Mary Joetta Roderick
  60. Mary Leah Rodermund
  61. Mary Selmeczki
  62. Mary Lou Sena
  63. Mary Jimmie Shinn
  64. Mary Michelle Sprague
  65. Mary Elizabeth Stuart
  66. Mary Ann Ruth Switalski
  67. Mary Jean Sylvestre
  68. Mary Ann Tautkus
  69. Mary Kathleen Thill
  70. Mary Jo Thompson
  71. Mary Rachel Trlica
  72. Mary Ann Verdecchia
  73. Mary Louise Walker
  74. Mary Louise Watkins
  75. Mary Anne Wesolowski
  76. Mary Ann White
  77. Mary Elizabeth Wilcox
  78. Mary Alice Williams
  79. Mary T. Zedalis


  1. Maria Aguilar
  2. Maria Florence Anjiras
  3. Maria Luisa Berania
  4. Maria Senorina Bolanos-Rivera
  5. Maria Isabel Pacheco Buendia
  6. Maria Del Carmen-Perez
  7. Maria Isabel Emeterio
  8. Maria Pomona Cruz Estrada
  9. Maria Estrada-Torres
  10. Maria Isaia Flores Rubio
  11. Maria Gomez
  12. Maria Quizhpe Guaman
  13. Maria Socorro Kimbrell
  14. Maria De Jesus Martinez
  15. Maria De Los Angeles Martinez
  16. Maria Antonia Mauricio
  17. Maria Medel
  18. Maria Gabriela Medina
  19. Maria Mendoza
  20. Maria Mendoza (II)
  21. Maria Nina Miller
  22. Maria Ann Monrean
  23. Maria Guadalupe Montano
  24. Maria Oliveras Negron
  25. Maria Magdalena Carralejo Ojeda
  26. Maria Rosario Olea
  27. Maria Dolores Rosales Pacheco
  28. Maria De Lourdes Pahl
  29. Maria C. Procopio
  30. Maria I. Reyes
  31. Maria Theresa Ruthling
  32. Maria Ines Salazar
  33. Maria Sanchez
  34. Maria Theresa Santos
  35. Maria G. Serrano
  36. Maria De Jesus Valdovinos


  1. Marie Ann Blee
  2. Marie Theresa Cherry
  3. Marie Chantal Delly
  4. Marie D. Jost
  5. Marie Lopez
  6. Marie Musial
  7. Marie Lucie Sagasta
  8. Marie Elizabeth Spannhake
  9. Marie Simonia Wade
  10. Marie Ann Watson
  11. Marie Antionette White


  1. Miriam A. Cavallo
  2. Miriam Ruth Hemphill


  1. Marian Elizabeth Brown
  2. Marian Joan Hurley
  3. Marian Madys*


  1. Marion Fye
  2. Marion Gonangnan
  3. Marion Bobby Gresham Sr.*
  4. Marion McCleneghan-Sodo
  5. Marion Arthur Osuna*
  6. Marion George Perry*
  7. Marion Grant Watts*
  8. Marion Marquez Williams*


  1. Marianne Bowers
  2. Maryanne Jane Ruffini
  3. Marianne Waters


  1. Maureen Russell Baca
  2. Maureen Erin Fields
  3. Maureen Webb


  1. Mara Gorelik


  1. Mariel Encarnacion
  2. Mariela Roblero Bravo


  1. Mari Ann Fowler


  1. Molly Laura Dattilo
  2. Molly Anne Franquemont
  3. Molly Miller


  1. Polly Kay Miclean


  1. Mamie Brown


  1. Minnie Evette Taylor

Flashback Friday: Kimberly Carter

This week’s Flashback Friday is for Kimberly Carter, who disappeared from Kansas City, Missouri on July 5, 1984. I’ve seen her middle name given as both “Lawanda” and “LaWanda.” Unless there’s strong evidence to the contrary, I spell such names with a capital letter aft the “La” or “Le” or “De” etc.

Anyway, Kimberly, although only nineteen years old, had three kids. The oldest was four; the youngest was only two months. On the day of her disappearance, Kimberly had a friend babysit them all while she went to work. It’s not clear whether she ever arrived at her job, but she did leave a cryptic phone call to a friend — I’m not sure if this whether this was the same friend who was babysitting — saying she was in trouble and asking to be picked up. The line went dead before she could say where she was.

The plot thickens: another friend claims to have heard from Kimberly on July 7, three days after she went missing. Kimberly supposedly said, “One of the men said he would take me home.” But no one did take her home. She’s been missing now for 32 years.

Kimberly had a lot of criminal associates at the time of her disappearance and her family, understandably, believes she met with foul play. Human trafficking comes to mind here, and, although drugs were not specifically mentioned, I wonder if Kimberly might have had some kind of run-in with drug trafficker(s). or suffered an accidental overdose.

(I must emphasize I’m not trying to make Kimberly sound like a bad mother or a bad person, or make it sound like she deserved whatever her fate was. It’s just that SOMETHING happened to her, and whatever it was, it was probably bad.)

I have no idea what happened to Kimberly’s kids, who would all be in their thirties now. I hope they found good people to take care of them. I hope they’ve become happy, productive adults.

And I hope their mother will be found.

MP for the week: Amanda Rivera

This week’s featured missing person is Amanda Marie Rivera, who was 14 years old when she disappeared on my fifth birthday: October 5, 1990. Last seen when someone dropped her off at a friend’s house in either La Mesa or Spring Valley, both of them cities in southern California.

Most cases like Amanda’s get written off as runaways, but for as long as I can remember she’s been classified as endangered missing. I don’t know why. I also don’t know why there’s two different places of disappearance and two different clothing descriptions given.

In fact, I have almost zero details about her disappearance at all, and I haven’t been able to find anything in the way of recent news that yields useful information. Of news about her from 1990, I’ve found nothing at all.

If Amanda is still alive, she’d be 40 today.

An aside: I really hope to be able to update today — I promised I would, and I found a lot of info on Daffany Tullos and Karen Zhou that I want to share with y’all. But my psychiatrist switched my meds again and I’m absolutely exhausted. I hope I get used to it soon and get my energy back.

Make-a-List Monday: Runaways, 10-20 years gone

Last week’s list of runaways who’d been missing at least 20 years got a lot of shares on Charley’s Facebook page. I thought I’d do a list of runaways who’ve been missing between 10 and 20 years — that is, between 1996 and 2006. And as I did last week, these classifications are my own.

  1. Bernice Arreola, 14, missing since 1998
  2. Diane Marie Aviles Colon, 14, missing since 1999
  3. Teresa Marie Barbusca, 16, missing since 1999
  4. Donna Marie Barron, 12, missing since 2006
  5. Danielle Arion Bell, 14, missing since 2001
  6. Leon Bell III, 15, missing since 2002
  7. Genelle Princess Bradford, 17, missing since 1999
  8. Laroya Nate Bray, 15, missing since 2002
  9. Erika Brown, 14, missing since 2006
  10. David Antonio Cambray, 16, missing since 2006
  11. Daniel Cantrell, 13, missing since 2006
  12. Vitia Cardosa, 12, missing since 2002
  13. Daniel Bradley Carver, 15, missing since 1997
  14. Joel Joseph Contreras, 14, missing since 2000
  15. James Robert Cooper, 16, missing since 1996
  16. Issac David Delgado, 15, missing since 2006
  17. Jason Wayne Dennis, 17, missing since 2002
  18. Robert William Dornbach, 17, missing since 2005
  19. Madeline Kelly Edman, 15, missing since 2005
  20. Jennifer Mae Enyart, 16, missing since 2000
  21. Irma Yolanda Gamez, 15, missing since 2004
  22. Adrianna Hope Garcia, 15, missing since 2004
  23. Christian Glen Hall, 15, missing since 2005
  24. Amy Lynn Haueter, 14, missing since 2005
  25. Nicole Shalonda Johnson, 16, missing since 2002
  26. Rebeca Ester Jose, 17, missing since 2005
  27. Yansis Massiel Juarez, 15, missing since 2002
  28. Irene Kouame, 17, missing since 2001
  29. Adam Benjamin Lake, 17, missing since 2001
  30. Paul Michael Landis, 17, missing since 2005
  31. Heather Janelle Lewis, 13, missing since 2003
  32. Katya Marie Lyne, 15, missing since 1997
  33. Michael Charles Marsh, 16, missing since 2006
  34. Ashley Renee Martinez, 15, missing since 2004
  35. Francheska Sugel Martinez, 12, missing since 2000*
  36. Misheila Isleen Martinez, 13, missing since 2000*
  37. Diana Mazariegos, 15, missing since 2006
  38. Autumn Lane McClure, 16, missing since 2004
  39. Gabriela Medina, 17, missing since 2006
  40. Stefanie C. Mills, 16, missing since 2002
  41. Jack Duane Morgan, 15, missing since 1996
  42. Alejandra Nava, 14, missing since 2003
  43. Brenda Eli Ovalle, 16, missing since 2004
  44. Phillip James Pinnock, 15, missing since 2005
  45. Kawan K. Pryor, 15, missing since 1997
  46. Brandon Dante Raphelle Ralls, 16, missing since 2001
  47. David J. Reynolds, 15, missing since 2004
  48. Hector Reynosa, 15, missing since 2006
  49. Destry Richard Rhinehart, 16, missing since 2004
  50. Rodolfo Ricardez, 15, missing since 1999
  51. Tiffany Reid, 16, missing since 2004
  52. Sherie Marie Rowland, 15, missing since 2004
  53. Alicia Marie Scott, 15, missing since 2006
  54. Cristian Avlyn Sedeno, 15, missing since 2003
  55. Uma Davi Sewpersaud, 13, missing since 2002
  56. Ekaterina Shcherbakova, 13, missing since 1998
  57. Isadora Sorozzo, 13, missing since 2000
  58. Krzysztof Rafal Syrzycki, 16, missing since 2002
  59. Samantha Leighann Tapp, 16, missing since 2004
  60. Kimberly Faye Thrower, 16, missing since 2004
  61. Edmond Tillman, 14, missing since 2004
  62. Flora Torralva, 15, missing since 2003
  63. Cristina Valasquez, 15, missing since 2006
  64. Elyssa Marie Vasquez, 12, missing since 2003
  65. Yusuf Abdul Wilson, 17, missing since 1999
  66. Quinn Renard Woodfolk, 11, missing since 1998
  67. Daniel Ted Yuen, 16, missing since 2004
  68. Mo Zhang, 17, missing since 2006


*Francheska and Misheila Martinez are twins; Franceska ran away on June 9, the day before their 13th birthdays, and Misheila ran away six weeks later on July 22.

Much muttergrumbling

So I was going through Charley’s runaway cases today, making another Make-a-List Monday for them (coming next week!) and purging cases at the same time, and I came across a certain missing girl. She was still on the NCMEC database but she’d been missing an awfully long time, so I decided to run her name through Google and see what came up. A lot of times when a runaway’s been missing for years and years like she was, they write an article about it.

I didn’t find anything about her disappearance, but lo! Someone with the right age, the right first, middle and last name (except for a spelling difference of one letter) and a striking resemblance to the runaway girl got arrested for credit card fraud just a few months ago! This was in a small town a five-hour drive from the major city where she disappeared.

I immediately called up the NCMEC. And they were like, “Um…thank you, but she’s, erm, not missing. She got recovered.”

And I was like, “So why is she still listed as missing on your website?”

So I told them about how you can find her listed on, and they had me read her case number off the poster, and promised to “pass it on” to the appropriate people.

This isn’t the first time this has happened, either.

[EDIT: Wow, that was quick. I just got a recovery notice for her.]

A semi-tangent: Boys Town

As I’ve mentioned before, I am on an NCMEC mailing list where they email me every time they issue a new poster or take an existing poster down. (Though that list isn’t perfect; a lot of notices don’t seem to reach me.) I was going through the 25 or so NCMEC emails today when I noticed Boys Town, Nebraska yet again.

Given that Boys Town has a population of 745, people seem to go missing from there an awful lot. In fact, if you search for “Boys Town” on the “missing from” line on the NCMEC’s search page, as of this writing, FOUR kids are missing from there. One Hispanic boy, one Native American boy and two black girls. One has been missing since last October, almost a year.

I can only conclude that they were residents of Boys Town, the residential treatment center for troubled youth whom the actual village of Boys Town was named after. It’s kind of a famous place and I think they made a movie about it or something. According to its history, It was founded in the nineteen-teens by a priest named Father Flanaghan who got the idea that if he removed people from the blighted inner cities to a remote country location, they might do better in life. Those were super-racist, xenophobic times, but Father Flanaghan welcomed all boys regardless of race or religion.

Boys Town now accepts girls as well, obviously. In fact, I thought they had changed their name to “Boys and Girls Town” but maybe I was wrong or maybe they changed it back or something. I know Daisy Coleman, of “Maryville Rape Case” fame, spent 90 days at the facility while trying to recover from the gang rape and ensuing fallout. (By the way, for those who are interested, I found an article from a few months ago about Daisy and she’s doing much better now. She’s in college studying art and plans to become a tattoo artist; she’s already landed herself an apprenticeship.)

And unlike the other children’s homes I’ve written about, I haven’t heard anything horrible about Boys Town.

I just hope those four missing kids turn up soon. I bet they will; of all the Boys Town disappearances I’ve seen per the NCMEC, none of them have ever stayed missing long enough to get posted on the Charley Project.