Marian Name Meaning & Origin

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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Nicknames for Marian

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

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Famous real-life people named Marian

- 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 Ross, American actress
- Marian Finucane, Irish broadcaster.
- Marian Keyes, author.

Marian in song, story & screen

- 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."
- Marian Cunningham (Mrs. C) from "Happy Days"
- The default Marian Hawke from Dragon Age 2
- "Marian" is a song by the band The Sisters of Mercy

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