Marnie Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Marina:
Feminine form of Marino, a name derived from the Latin Marinus (a mariner, a man of the sea).
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If you are into astrology this is a good name for a March/Pisces baby, especially if you are looking for a less common water-type name; or if you are into mermaids, it's nicer than the over-used Ariel (which has nothing to do with the ocean anyway!).
- Personal experiences with the name Marnie
My daughter is full of constant smiles, cries very little.. she is an infant, she even smiles at never before seen faces. If you smile at her then she will be more than happy to return the favor!
I have enjoyed bearing the name, aside from a brief period during my childhood when I wanted to be called Chris (!), and one of the greatest benefits growing up was not having 2 or more other girls with my name in my class, let alone in my school. The only challenge, really, was having to correct people who wanted to hear more usual names such as Marlene or Marty/Marcy; and as an adult I have received mail from banks seeking to loan me money - believing I am a company that sells boats or some other marine-type product! I believe that my unusual name gave me strength of character and self-knowledge, as well as a great respect for others, an open mind, and a sense of pride that my mother put so much consideration into naming me during the era of Jennifer and Stephanie.
Growing up I didn't like having a different name... along with being left-handed and having red hair. I liked it more as I got older although it can be annoying to explain, spell etc. I get asked what it's short for, what my real name is, or how my parents came up with it. My story: my mother read it in a book when she was pregnant. I do appreciate having a name that isn't common, in that it defines who I am - unique! strong! confident!
- Nicknames for Marnie
Marn; I've heard that Marnie itself used to be a nickname for Margaret (this is the explanation for it in the Hitchcock movie - the title character's real name is Margaret).
One of the nice things is that the name stands on its own and nicknames are superfluous.
This is my sister's name and she is sometimes called Marrie (pornounced mar-ee)
- Meanings and history of the name Marnie
There are two meanings/origins of this name. Perhaps the most commonly referenced is the Hebrew Marnina, which means "to rejoice"; usually this version of the name is spelled Marni. The other origin is Scottish via Scandinavian (a name brought to Scotland's outer islands from invading vikings, is the story I've read in various places) and is from the Latin Marina, "of the sea" or "sea maiden". Either way, it's a great meaning for any girl!
- Famous real-life people named Marnie
Marni Nixon was a "ghost" singer, from what era I can't recall, who served as the voice for some famous actresses.
Marni Nixon dubbed Natalie Wood in, "West Side Story." She also played Sister Sophia in "The Sound of Music." There was a singer named Marni on some children's records I had as a child. Since it's an uncommon name, I'm guessing it was Marni Nixon. Unfortunately, the records are long gone and can't be verified. (the only reason I remember it is because my mom saw it and liked the name so much she named my little sister Marni)
- Marnie in song, story & screen
Marnie Piper Cromwell, a witch, main protagonist in the Halloween Town movie series
The Alfred Hitchcock movie, "Marnie", starred Tippi Hedren (Melanie Griffith's mother) and Sean Connery. It's actually a rather freaky story and I think best not shown to anyone bearing the name until they are a bit older and able to apply a good sense of humor to it. However, Sean Connery is a fabulous reason to view the movie!
HBO's "Girls" has a character named Marnie.