What does Marian mean?
Marian \m(a)-rian\ 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 22 more alternative forms via Ann, Marion, Mary: Malia, Mara, Maren, Maria, Mariann▼, Marianna, Marianne▼, Marice, Marie▼, Mariel▼, Marilin, Marilyn, Marin, Marita, Marja, Marjan, Marla▼, Marya, Maryon, Mayria, Miriam and Murial.
Marian has 1 masculine form: Mariano.
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)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Marian for girls. Marian reached its top position of #71 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Marian and associated names. Maria (#115 a year ago), Mary (#120), Miriam (#305), Mariana (#331), Malia (#345), Marilyn (#405), Mariam (#568), Marie (#579), Mara (#695), Marianna (#868), Ann (#945), Marla, Maryanne, Marita, Maryann, Marianne, Maren, Mariann, Mariel, Marin and Marion are the popular alternative forms of Marian. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.475%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.2602%, down 45.2%), with versions like Ann, Marie, Mariann, Marion and Marian becoming somewhat outmoded. The most trendy birth names among these are Marilyn (#405), Mariam (#568), Mara (#695), Mariana (#331) and Malia (#345), and there is also a resurgence in birth name popularity for Mariana. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Marian▼ is pronounced similarly to Mairin, Mareen, Marien, Marine, Marinn, Marrin, Maryan, Maryn, Miran and Mirian. Other suggested similar baby names are Darian▼, Mariah, Marial, Marina▼, Marinna, Marna, Marnia, Maryam, Meriam, Miriana and Myriam▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marian.