What does Marion mean?
Marion [mar-i-on] as a girls' name (also used less widely 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.
52 more alternative forms via Marian, Mary: Mair, Maire, Malia, Mamie▼, Manon, Mara▲, Mare, Maree, Maren, Maria▼, Mariam▲, Mariana, Mariane, Mariann, Marianna▲, Marianne▼, Marice, Maridel, Marie▼, Mariel, Mariela▼, Marilee, Marilin, Marilla, Marilyn▼, Marin, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza▼, Marja, Marjan, Marje, Marla▼, Marlo▼, Marya, Maryann▼, Maryjo, Marylin, Marylou▼, Marylu, Marysa, Maryse, Maureen▼, Maurine▼, Maurise, Maurita, Mayria, Meriel, Miriam, Murial and Muriel▼.Creative forms:
(female) Marmon, Marreen, ..
(male) Mariton, .. Middle name pairings:
Marion Teegan (M.T.), ..
How popular is Marion?
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)
Marion reached its peak position of #47 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is currently at #1527. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Maria (#109 a year ago), Mary (#124), Miriam (#294), Mariana (#296), Malia (#313), Marilyn (#426), Mariam (#563), Marie (#564), Mara (#739), Marianna (#853), Marian (#1104), Maren (#1113), Maritza (#1201), Marin (#1471), Mariela (#1560), Maryann (#1809), Mariel (#1839), Marianne (#1985), Marylin, Marylou, Maurine, Muriel, Mamie, Maryjo, Maureen, Maryon, Mariska, Marilee, Mariann, Marilla, Maree, Marla, Marita and Marlo are the prominent alternative forms of Marion (#1527 a year ago). Usage of these forms of Marion reached its apex a century ago (median #1415) and is now significantly reduced (#1425, ▼93%). Mary has been the most well-known version, though Maria is currently the most fashionable, while versions such as Maurine have become less contemporary.
Marion▼ is pronounced similarly to Mairin, Mareen, Marien, Marine, Marinn, Marrin, Maryan, Maryn, Merryn, Miran, Mirian, Moreen, Morine and Morwyn. Other suggested similar names are Cardon, Carin, Carmon, Caron, Carron, Carson, Darian▼, Darien, Darion, Daron, Farin, Farron, Karin▼, Karon, Karson, Larson, Macon, Madison, Mairim, Maison, Mareena, Margo▼, Margot▲, Mari▼, Mariah, Marial, Marika, Marike, Mariko, Marilou, Marilu, Marina▼, Marinna, Maris, Marisa▼, Marise, Marit, Mariza, Marjo, Marjon, Marlen, Marlin, Marlinn, Marlon, Marlow, Marlyn▼, Marna, Marne, Marnee, Marney, Marni, Marnia, Marnie, Marnya, Maroona, Maryam▲, Matriona, Meriam, Meriol, Merona and Tarin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marion.See names in meaning and etymology.