What does Marion mean?
Marion /mar-i-on/ [2 sylls.] 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".
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)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Marion for girls. Marion reached its peak position of #47 in the U.S. in the 1920s, 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%, ▼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.