What does Marion mean?
Marion \m(a)-rion\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Marion) is of French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Marion is "star of the sea". 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 (#2307 out of 150436, 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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Maria (#115 a year ago), Mary (#120), Mariana (#331), Marilyn (#405), Mariam (#568), Marie (#579), Marita, Marlo, Marian, Marin, Mariel, Mariann and Maren are the prominent alternative forms of Marion. Usage of these girl names reached its apex during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.4307%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.2773%, down 35.6%), with versions like Marie, Mariann, Mariel, Marian and Marlo 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. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Marion and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
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.