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What does Marilla mean?

Marilla \m(a)-rilla, mar(il)-la\ as a girls' name is pronounced ma-RILL-ah. The meaning of Marilla is "shining sea". Variant of Muriel. Marilis is a short form of Amaryllis.


Marilla has 2 variants: Marella and Marilis.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Mariel and Mary.

Marilla has 8 more alternative forms via Amaryllis, Muriel: Amarilis, Merial, Meriel, Merrill, Miureall, Murial, Muriella and Murielle.


Marilla is an uncommonly occurring first name for women but a somewhat prominent last name for all people (#140756 out of 150436, Top 94%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Popular varying forms of Marilla (#unlisted) are Mary (#120 the previous year), Muriel and Mariel. Adoption of these girl names reached its apex during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.6223%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.2933%, down 52.9%), with the forms Mariel and Muriel becoming less fashionable. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Marilla and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mariel, Mary, Muriel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Marilla is alike in pronunciation to Mariela, Mariella, Marilee, Marilou, Marilu, Marylea, Mireilla, Mirella, Mirilla, Morella, Myrella, Myrilla and Myrrilla. Other recommended similar baby names are Marell, Marelle, Marial, Marielle, Marilda, Marla, Marlea and Merill. These names tend to be more commonly used than Marilla.