Marina: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Marina

Marina

Pronunciation: mah-REE-nə (key)

Origin of the name Marina:

Feminine form of Marino, a name derived from the Latin Marinus (a mariner, a man of the sea).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Maren, Mari, Marni, Mia, Mina, Rina

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Popular usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Greek, Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Ancient Roman

Marina is also a fashionable name in Japan. It has only been used since around the 1980's there and is considered rather trendy, a modern version of the traditional Mariko.

Personal experiences with the name Marina: | Edit

My niece is named Marina to commemorate the fact that her parents met at the beach (in Rota Spain). I have shared that story with three other Marinas, one from the former Soviet Union, one African American woman in California, and another from Mexico. All three said their parents also met at the beach!

Nicknames for Marina: | Edit

Mari
Marni
Mina
Mira
Rani
Molly
Maggie
May
Mable
Mimi
Mia

Meanings and history of the name Marina: | Edit

The name Marina comes from the Latin marinus and means “from the sea.”

Famous real-life people named Marina: | Edit

Marina, the Duchess of Kent, Princess of Greece and Denmark
Marina Ogilvy, daughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent
Marina V.: singer/songwriter
Marina Budhos: writer
Marina Duvekot: actress
Marina Frants: writer
Marina Ratner: mathematician
Marina Warner: writer
Marina Sirtis: actress, portrayed Dr. Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Marina Rzhannikova: prima ballerina at Moscow Classical Ballet
Marina Diamandis: singer/songwriter, better known by her stage name Marina and the Diamonds

Saint Marina was a Christian woman who dressed as a man to join a monastery. When she was accused of impregnating a local woman, Marina accepted the burden and raised the child alone, rather than admit her gender to the Abbot. After her death, a half-blind monk who looked upon her dead body regained sight in his eye. In the Catholic Church, Saint Marina is honored on June 18th.

Marina in song, story & screen: | Edit

Marina is the virtuous young heroine in Shakespeare's drama Pericles, Prince of Tyre.

Marina Pearl is the name of actor Matt LeBlanc's daughter.

Marina is the love interest of the main character Hubie in The Pebble and the Penguin

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