Meaning and Name Origin
Marion \m(a)-rion\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Marion) is of French origin. Variant of Mary (Latin) "star of the sea". This form was changed into Marian when introduced to Britain in the Middle Ages, but revived in the 19th century. Track celebrity Marion Jones.
Marion is a very prominent first name for women (#178 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1873 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Marion for girls. Marion reached its peak position of #47 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Marion and affiliated names. Prominent alternative forms of Marion rated in the Top 1000 are Maria (#115 a year ago), Mary (#120), Mariana (#331), Marilyn (#405), Mariam (#568), Marie (#579), Marita, Marlo, Marian, Marin, Mariel, Mariann and Maren. Usage of these girl names reached its apex during 1930-1939 and is now significantly lower, with versions like Marie, Marlo, Marion, Mariel and Marian becoming somewhat outmoded. Marilyn (#405), Mariam (#568) and Mariana (#331) are three of the more chic birth names in this list, with Mariana having a rebound in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Marion▼ is pronounced similarly to Mairin, Mareen, Marien, Marine, Marinn, Marrin, Maryan, Maryn and Mirian. Other suggested similar baby names are Darion, Marina▼, Marinna, Marjon, Marlon and Maroona. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marion.