Maren Name Meaning & Origin

Maren

Pronunciation: MA-rin (key)

Origin of the name Maren:

German variant of Maria, the Latin form of Mary, which is derived from the Hebrew Miryām (sea of bitterness, sea of sorrow). There is much debate over the meaning of the name, however. While "sea of bitterness or sorrow" seems to be the most probable, some sources give the alternative definitions of "rebellion," "wished-for child," and "mistress or lady of the sea."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Marin

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Comments and insights on the name Maren: | Edit

This is my beautiful daughter's name. She will be 17 in less than a week! We opted to spell her name Maryn (to honor two Mary's that are in our family). We do tell people it is pronounced "like Karen but with an 'M'". I know she gets called "Marian" a lot as well as "Marin" (as in CA) but she does like her name. All of my children have two middle names as well. Her's are Elizabeth Rose. I always thought Maren meant "Of the Sea" and my daughter does love the ocean but I have also read that it may mean "Wished-for child" which she was as well. In any case, I love the name as it is both unusual and beautiful.

Personal experiences with the name Maren: | Edit

My name is, of course, Maren (pronounces mare-in, or as i also tell people, erin with an m). I love my name, I only wish I had decided when I was younger to spell it Marin just because most people think thats how its spelt and I got tired of making cursive R's when I was younger. I've found that many many people pronounce my name wrong or spell it wrong. I've been at my current job for a year and one of the clients still says my name wrong. Ive had people spell it Marian, Meran, Maron and people pronounce it Marian, Marren, Marilyn. I, unfortunately, have also gotten the nickname Mare-bear as well. I had a friend in high school call me that, then after high school at a new job, another girl give me that nickname without ever knowing I had been called that before. My Fiance as well as called me that not knowing others have and that I hated it. I also worked with a client, who had a disability, for almost a year and he always called my Marilyn.

Hi there, I am also a Maren... I can relate to the previous Marens experience with the pronunciation of our name. If you are thinking of naming your child this name I can tell this... When I was in elementry thru middle school I disliked my name tremendously because it was different. It seemed Everyone pronounced it wrong untill they finally learned it. I would have to say "Maren" like "Karen" or "Erin" with an "M". I was used to having to state my name 2 or 3 times during an introduction.In my childhood I had the occasional brat who would call me "Maren the Moran"... As I got older I started to appreciate the uniquiness of my name and it didnt bother me that it was not as common. It is one of those names that when someone local says, EVERYONE knows who you are talking about though! lol This has been a blessing most times and occasionally a curse. I have grown to love my name for its uniqueness and am happy to represent this name overall.

I too am a Maren. I am from Danish decent. It is a much used name in Denmark. It is the only place where I found mugs, cups, key tags etc. with my name already on them. My quest throughout life is to find a phonetic way of spelling the pronunciation of my name. It is NOT as in Karen. It is Mar as Mars, + en. I always said Mar as in Margaret. You wouldn't say Maa-Greg. That worked fine till I moved to New Hampshire, close to Boston. Remember Mash? Lost that battle. I now love my name. Whereas when I was a kid I hated it.It was different. As an adult and a professional artist that uniqueness fits perfectly. Many people I know have used the name for their children.

Nicknames for Maren: | Edit

I'm a Maren and ever since I was little I've gone by "Mari" (like safari) with family and friends, but Maren at work.

Some people call me "Marle", but there are actually no good nicknames of Maren which I know of.

My little sister's name is Maren, and we call her Mare-Bear.

My name is Maren and I have had a few nick-names such as Mare, Mare-Mare, Ren and Mare-Bare as well.

I also am a Maren. Besides being called Moron by my brother when we were kids I had the nickname Marni. I loved it.

Meanings and history of the name Maren: | Edit

Maren is also the Danish form of Marina.
Also old Danish for Marian.
In Danish = milk maid

Famous real-life people named Maren: | Edit

Marin Alsop is conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Maren Jensen is an american actress/model best known for portraying Athena in the 1970s television series Battlestar Galactica. Born September 23, 1956

Maren in song, story & screen: | Edit

The book 'The Weight of Water' by Anita Shriev, the main character is a women from Norway with the name Maren.
Maren Elizabeth (known as Six) 'in The Power Of Six' by Pittacus Lore.

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