Marie: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Marie


Pronunciation: mah-REE (key)

Origin of the name Marie:

French cognate of Mary, 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." The name is borne in the Bible by the mother of Jesus, the son of God.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Manon, Maria, Mary

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My name is Marie. i was curious about my name because so many people have it as a middle name and I have never met anyone else with the same name.

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My first name is Marie which is pretty uncommon for people my age (I was born 1985). I love my name, though. It's classic, looks professional on job/school applications, and sounds pretty (I think so anyway!). I like that "marie" is uncommon but not unusual - here in the US, everyone knows how to pronounce my name correctly, but at the same time it's nice being the only "marie." I also have always loved my nickname - my family and close friends call me "Ree;" and when I was little, I was often called "Ree-ree." I was named after my grandmother; I also have an Aunt Marie (we call "Auntie Ree"). The name seems to be very common among Italian American women who were born in the 1920s-1930s (this is my own observation among other Italian families in the Boston area). I recommend the name :)

I am an Australian Marie who has endured much angst because of the dual pronounciation of the name here. My preferred way is like "Muh-ree", with the stress on the second syllable (as I believe is most common in the USA and Britain) but most Australians seem to pronounce it MAH-ree, stressing the first syllable. Maree is the more common spelling for my pronounciation so I have had my name misspelled many, many times. Something to consider if you are planning to be in Australia with a daughter named or (probably more likely) middle-named Marie.

There are about 10 girls in my school alone with the middle name Marie. I am one of them because it is not only my mom's middle name, but also one of my aunt's on my dad's side.

Every single girl my age has the middle name Marie, including myself, except for one girl who uses it as their first name. My first name is Donna, so it goes nicely with the middle name. Donna Marie rings and its cute. Some even use the name Marie along with another name as a first name, like Gina Marie and than a middle name. If you can't think of a middle name, Marie will always be the safety name. It never seems to go out of style and pairs nicely with other names.

While I know numerous people with the middle name Marie, I have met only about 2 other people with the first name Marie (not counting myself). I really like my name.

I know a Kelly-Marie (double first name).

I hated my middle name when I was little, mostly because I only heard it when I was in trouble (Ah-LEE-sha Ma-REE!). I was doubly injured when I discovered the main character on my favorite childhood show also had a middle Marie (Clarissa Marie Darling - Clarissa Explains It All). This seemed proof to me that the name existed only to be yelled at children.

I can attest to the fact that Marie is a very common middle name in the U.S. About half my childhood friends' middle names were also Marie, same as me. When I was little it was fun to share that with my friends, but as I got older, I realized both my first and middle names were entirely way too common in my age group (Rachel Marie) and being someone who prefers to go against the grain, and be unique, I've come to hate how common both my names are. Though I feel Marie is a more common middle name than Rachel is for a first name, at least in my peer group.

Nicknames for Marie: | Edit

Rie, Reeny, RieRoo, Mo, Momo, Ree, ReeRee

Meanings and history of the name Marie: | Edit

French form of Mary, meaning "bitter".
Variant of Maria; means "beloved," "loved," "renowned" or "famous," "star of the sea," "masculine,"

Famous real-life people named Marie: | Edit

Marie de Medici, Queen of France.
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France who was put to death by guillotine.
Marie of Edinburgh, Queen of Romania, granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Marie of Romania, Queen of Yugoslavia, daughter of Princess Marie of Edinburgh, known as "Mignon" in the family to distinguish her from her mother.
Marie Curie (born Maria Skłodowska), chemist and phycisist, who discovered radioactivity and was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.
Marie Helvin, Japanese-American supermodel
Marie Osmond, American actress and singer.
Marie Laveau, Louisiana Creole Voodoo Queen and faith healer.
Marie Ragghianti, political whistleblower.
Marie Lloyd, English music hall singer.
Marie Louise Jensen, British children's author.
Princess Marie of Denmark (born Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier), second wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark

Marie in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Marie Laveau," song by Bobby Bare
The subject of the Stray Cats' song, "She's Sexy and 17" is "my little Marie".
"Marie," song written by Irving Berlin, that was a hit for Tommy Dorsey, Rudy Vallée, Nat Shilkret, Franklyn Bauer, The Four Tunes, and The Bachelors
"Marie," song by Johnny Hallyday
"Marie," 1985 American film about the parole board scandals in Tennessee under Ray Blanton, with Sissy Spacek in the title role as Marie Ragghianti
"Marie Barone" portrayed by Doris Roberts, was the main antagonist in the widely popular hit television series, "Everybody Loves Raymond".
"Petite Marie" Song by Francis Cabrel
"Oh Marie" Song by Sheryl Crow
"Speedy Marie" Song by Frank Black

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