Marian: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Marian

Marian

Pronunciation: MA-ree-ən (key)

Origin of the name Marian:

Variant of Marion, a French diminutive form of Marie, which is derived from the Hebrew Miryām, a name of debated meaning. Many believe it to mean "sea of bitterness" or "sea of sorrow." However, some sources cite the alternative definitions of "rebellion," "wished-for child," and "mistress or lady of the sea."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Marian: | Edit

Adjective having to do with the Virgin Mary.

Personal experiences with the name Marian: | Edit

I like my name overall. I've never met anyone else even close to my age (born in 1980) named Marian. I've met a couple old ladies named Marian and that's it. I like that it's unique and easy to pronounce, but I really don't like how everyone calls me Maryanne (new acquaintances, restaurant hostesses, take out cashiers, etc.). I also don't like how pretty much everyone except those who know me well spell my name with an O in emails. Even with my name on my signature, people respond with "Dear Marion, ..." Very frustrating. It flows really nicely as a middle name, so I'd say that's a better option because then you don't have to worry about mispronunciation/misspelling.

My name is Marian and it tends to be misspelled as "Marion."

My husband and I have agreed that if we have another daughter, we will name her Marian. I love the sound of it, the spelling with two As, and the association with both the Virgin Mary and the Robin Hood legend.

My name is Marian and I have always loved it. I rarely meet anyone with the proper spelling for the female version. Usually it is Marion. That said, I find it to be an uncommon yet lovely name. It is often misspelled as Marianne, Mary Anne or Marion, which is quite annoying.

Nicknames for Marian: | Edit

- Mar
- Mara
- Mare
- Mari
- Marley
- Mary
- Milly
- Miffy
- Mimi
- Minnie
- Nan

Meanings and history of the name Marian: | Edit
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Famous real-life people named Marian: | Edit

- Marian Anderson, singer (contralto) with the Metropolitan Opera who famously performed an open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
- Marian Finucane, Irish broadcaster.
- Marian Keyes, author.

Marian in song, story & screen: | Edit

- Maid Marian of Robin Hood fame.
- "Robin and Marian," a 1976 remake of "Robin Hood" starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn.
- Marian Paroo, a.k.a. "Marian the Librarian" in "The Music Man."

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