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What does Marianne mean?

Marianne Pronunciation of Marianne [mar-i-anne] as a girls' name is of French, Latin and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Marianne is "star of the sea; grace". A blend of Marie (Latin) "star of the sea" and Anne (Hebrew) "grace". Annemarie is another name that blends the names of the Virgin Mary and her mother, thus appealing to Catholic families. Shakespeare gave the name Mariana to a woman noted for her loyalty in "Measure for Measure". To the French, the name symbolizes their spirit for "liberty, equality and fraternity". See also Miriam.

Associated with: star, sea, grace, virgin, spirit.


Marianne has 10 variants: Mariana, Marianda, Mariane, Mariann, Marianna, Marien, Maryam, Maryan, Maryann and Maryanna.

Affiliated girl name: Mary.

2 more alternative forms via Anne, Annemarie, Marie, Miriam: Mariam and Mirian.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Marianne Kourtney (M.K.), ..

How popular is Marianne?

Marianne is a very popular first name for females (#380 out of 4276, Top 9%) but a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Marianne reached its peak position of #183 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is currently at #1985. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Marianne (#1985 last year) rated in the Top 2000 are Mary (#124 last year), Miriam (#294), Mariana (#296), Mariam (#563), Marie (#564), Maryam (#567), Anne (#569), Marianna (#853), Maryann (#1809), Mirian, Annemarie, Maryan, Mariann and Maryanna. These relations of Marianne reached the height of their popularity in the 1890s (median #1275) and are now much less popular (#1174, 95%), with forms such as Marie becoming somewhat outmoded. Maryam, Mariam and Marianna are three of the more fashionable baby names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marianne, Anne, Annemarie, Mariam, Mariana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariann, Marianna, Marie, Mary, Maryam in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maryan, Maryann, Maryanna, Miriam, Mirian in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Marianne is alike in pronunciation to Marian, Marieanne, Marin, Marine, Marinn, Marion, Maryanne, Maryonn, Maurianne, Maurine and Morine. Other suggested similar names are Adriane, Adrienne, Ariane, Arianna, Arianne, Asianne, Breanne, Brienne, Cariana, Carinna, Carmaine, Chrisanne, Coriann, Cyprianne (see Cypris), Damiane, Dariane, Darienne, Darynne, Daviane, Dayanne, Doriane, Galianna, Garlande, Glorianne, Hadrianna, Kariann, Karianne, Kaylanne, Kylianne, Laciann, Larine, Lauriane, Malanie, Malisande, Marcene, Marciana, Marcianne, Mareen, Mareina, Maren, Marialena, Marilena, Marilyn, Marina, Marlaina, Marlayna, Marlene, Marlenn (see Marlin), Marlyne, Marlynn, Marlynne, Marne, Marthine, Maurene, Mazine, Meriam, Minne, Morene, Morgaine, Morwenna, Morwinna, Sarinna, Tatianna and Teriann. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marianne.

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