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What does Marian mean?

Marian \m(a)-rian\ as a girls' name is pronounced mar-ee-AHN. It is of French origin. Blend of Mary (Latin) "star of the sea" and Ann (Hebrew) "grace"; 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 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 (#37440 out of 88799, Top 42%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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 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 rated in the Top 1000. This girl name reached the apex of its popularity during the years 1950-1959 and is now significantly less popular, with versions like Ann, Marie, Marla, Maryann and Maryanne becoming somewhat outmoded. The most trendy birth names among these are Marilyn (#405), Mariam (#568), Mara (#695), Mariana (#331) and Malia (#345), with Mariana going through a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ann, Malia, Mara, Maren, Maria, Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann, Marianna in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marianne, Marie, Mariel, Marilyn, Marin, Marion, Marita, Marla, Mary, Maryann in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maryanne, Miriam in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.