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What does Marian mean?

Marian /mar-i-an/ as a girls' name is pronounced mar-ee-AHN. It is of French, Latin and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Marian is "star of the sea; grace".

Blend of Mary (Latin) "star of the sea" and Ann (Hebrew) "He (God) has favored me"; variant of Mary; anglicized form of Marion. Common in the Middle Ages, and revived in the early Victorian era. Singer Marian Anderson; Robin Hood's love Maid Marian; track celebrity Marion Jones.


Marian has 6 variants: Mariam, Mariana, Mariane, Marion, Maryann and Maryanne.

Marian has 56 more alternative forms via Ann, Marion, Mary: Mair, Maire, Malia, Mamie, Manon, Manya, Mara, Mare, Maree, Maren, Maria, Mariann, Marianna, Marianne, Marice, Maridel, Marie, Mariel, Mariela, Marilee, Marilin, Marilla, Marilyn, Marin, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza, Marja, Marjan, Marje, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maryjo, Marylin, Marylu, Maryon, Maryonn, Marysa, Maryse, Marysia, Masha, Maura, Maureen, Maurine, Maurise, Maurita, Mavra, Mayra, Mayria, Meriel, Miriam, Morag, Murial and Muriel.

Marian has 1 masculine form: Mariano.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Myran, Myrian, ..

(male) Marima, Marmun, ..

How popular is Marian?

Marian is a very prominent first name for females (#246 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#25825 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Marian for girls. Marian reached its top position of #69 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is presently at #1264. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marian name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marian outside U.S.

Below is a charted analysis of the history of the girl name Marian and associated names. Maria (#115 via latest list), Mary (#120), Miriam (#305), Mariana (#331), Malia (#345), Marilyn (#405), Mariam (#568), Marie (#579), Mara (#695), Marianna (#868), Ann (#945), Maren (#1153), Maritza (#1203), Mariela (#1358), Marin (#1402), Maura (#1410), Mayra (#1411), Marion (#1539), Maryann (#1574), Marianne (#1883), Maryon, Marylin, Maurine, Muriel, Mamie, Maryjo, Maureen, Mariska, Mariel, Mariann, Maree, Marilee, Marilla, Marlo, Marla, Marita and Maryanne are the popular alternative forms of Marian (#1264 via latest list). These relations of Marian reached the apex of their popularity 124 years ago (median #1412) and are now significantly less popular (#1407, 93% less usage). Mary has been the recurring favorite, though Maria is now higher in the list, while forms such as Maryann have become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marian, Ann, Malia, Mamie, Mara in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maree, Maren, Maria, Mariam, Mariana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariann, Marianna, Marianne, Marie, Mariel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariela, Marilee, Marilla, Marilyn, Marin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marion, Mariska, Marita, Maritza, Marla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlo, Mary, Maryann, Maryanne, Maryjo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marylin, Maryon, Maura, Maureen, Maurine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mayra, Miriam, Muriel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria, Mariam, Mary outside U.S.

Similar Names


Marian is pronounced similarly to Mairin, Mareen, Marieanne, Marien, Marine, Marinn, Marrin, Maryan, Maryn, Maurianne, Merryn, Miran, Mirian, Moreen, Morine and Morwyn. Other suggested similar names are Carin, Carman, Cerian, Damian, Daria, Darion, Dorian, Farin, Farran, Karan, Lorian, Maia, Mairim, Marah, Marcia, Marciane, Mareina, Marena, Marfa, Mari, Mariah, Marianda, Mariet, Marike, Mariko, Marilu, Marina, Marit, Mariza, Marjon, Marlane, Marlen, Marlin, Marlinn, Marlon, Marnee, Marnie, Marnya, Maroona, Marra, Marta, Maryam, Maryanna, Merial, Meriam, Mirana, Mirham, Miriana, Mirna, Miryam, Moriah, Morna, Murna, Myriah, Myrna, Saria, Taran, Tarin and Zaria. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marian.