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.
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▼.
1 masculine form: Mariano.Creative forms:
(female) Maian, Maxian, ..
(male) Marima, Marmun, .. Middle name pairings:
Marian Izabel (M.I.), ..
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)
Marian reached its top position of #69 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is presently at #1104. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Maria (#109 via latest list), Mary (#124), Miriam (#294), Mariana (#296), Malia (#313), Marilyn (#426), Mariam (#563), Marie (#564), Mara (#739), Marianna (#853), Ann (#893), Maren (#1113), Maritza (#1201), Mayra (#1275), Marin (#1471), Maura (#1490), Marion (#1527), Mariela (#1560), Maryann (#1809), Mariel (#1839), Marianne (#1985), Marylin, Maryon, Maurine, Muriel, Mamie, Maryjo, Maureen, Mariska, Marilee, Mariann, Maree, Marilla, Marita, Marlo, Marla and Maryanne are the popular alternative forms of Marian (#1104 via latest list). These relations of Marian reached the apex of their popularity 125 years ago (median #1412) and are now significantly less popular (#1409, 92% 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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.