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What does Marja mean?

Marja /mar-ja/ as a girls' name is of Latin derivation, and the meaning of the name Marja is "star of the sea; pearl". Marja is a variant form of Maria (Latin) with the suffix -ja. Marja is also a variant of Marjorie (English, French, Greek): version of the French Margery. Marja is also used as a form of Mary (Latin).

Associated with: star, sea


Marja has 3 variants: Marji, Marjie and Marjy.

Marja has 64 more different relations via Maria, Marjorie, Mary: Mair, Maire, Mal, Malia, Mame, Mamie, Manon, Manya, Mara, Mare, Maree, Marella, Maren, Maretta, Marge, Margey, Margi, Margie, Margy, Mariah, Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann, Marice, Marie, Mariel, Mariela, Marika, Marilla, Marin, Marion, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza, Marjan, Marje, Marjery, Marjory, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maryann, Maryjo, Marylu, Marysa, Maryse, Marysia, Masha, Maura, Maure, Maurita, Mavra, May, Mayme, Mayra, Mayria, Miriam, Moira, Morag, Moriah, Moya and Murial.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Marma, Merja, ..

(male) Marjad, Marmar, ..

How popular is Marja?

Marja is an uncommon first name for females. Marja is also a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Popular varying forms of Marja (outside Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000 are Malia (#345 via latest list), Mame, Mamie, Mara (#695), Maree, Maren (#1153), Marge, Margie, Margy, Maria (#115), Mariah (#136), Mariam (#568), Marian (#1264), Mariana (#331), Mariann, Marie (#579), Mariel, Mariela (#1358), Marika, Marilla, Marin (#1402), Marion (#1539), Mariska, Marita, Maritza (#1203), Marjie, Marjorie (#721), Marjory, Marla, Marlo, Mary (#120), Maryann (#1574), Maryjo, Maura (#1410), May (#1581), Mayme, Mayra (#1411), Miriam (#305), Moira (#1672) and Moriah (#977). Other forms, like Maurita, are uncommon. These relations of Marja reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 (average #1303) and are now significantly less conventional (#1411, 91.7% less usage), with forms like Marla becoming less in vogue. Mary has generally been popular among parents, though Maria is now ranked higher. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Marja and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Malia, Mame, Mamie, Mara, Maree in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maren, Marge, Margie, Margy, Maria in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariah, Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marie, Mariel, Mariela, Marika, Marilla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marin, Marion, Mariska, Marita, Maritza in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marjie, Marjorie, Marjory, Marla, Marlo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mary, Maryann, Maryjo, Maura, May in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mayme, Mayra, Miriam, Moira, Moriah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria, Mariah, Mariam, Mary outside U.S.

Similar Names


Marja is alike in pronunciation to Marjey, Marsia and Mirja. Other recommended names are Maaja, Maeja, Maja, Marci, Marcia, Marcy, Marfa, Marg, Marga, Margo, Maris, Marisa, Mariza, Marjo, Markia, Marna, Marnja, Marra, Marsha, Marta, Marva, Maryk, Maryka, Marys and Mirka. These names tend to be more commonly used than Marja.