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What does Marian mean?

Marian Pronunciation of Marian as a girls' name is pronounced mar-ee-AHN. It is of French, Latin and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Marian is "star of the sea; grace". Blend of Mary (Latin) "star of the sea" and Ann (Hebrew) "He (God) has favored me"; variant of Mary; anglicized form of Marion. Common in the Middle Ages, and revived in the early Victorian era. Singer Marian Anderson; Robin Hood's love Maid Marian; track celebrity Marion Jones.


ASSOCIATED WITH star, sea, grace, blend, victorian (medieval)


VARIANTS Mariam, Mariana, Mariane, Marion, Maryann, Maryanne

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA ANN, MARION, MARY Mair, Maire, Malia, Mamie, Manon, Manya, Mara, Mare, Maree, Maren, Maria, Mariann, Marianna, Marianne, Marice, Maridel, Marie, Mariel, Mariela, Marilee, Marilin, Marilla, Marilyn, Marin, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza, Marja, Marjan, Marje, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maryjo, Marylin, Marylu, Maryon, Maryonn, Marysa, Maryse, Marysia, Masha, Maura, Maureen, Maurine, Maurise, Maurita, Mavra, Mayra, Mayria, Meriel, Miriam, Morag, Murial, Muriel




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How popular is Marian?

Marian is a very prominent first name for females (#246 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#25825 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Marian reached its top position of #69 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is presently at #1210. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marian name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marian outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Maria (#116 VIA LATEST LIST), Mary (#126), Malia (#254), Mariana (#286), Miriam (#303), Mariam (#548), Marie (#576), Maren (#607), Marilyn (#610), Mara (#681), Marianna (#834), Ann (#983), Marin (#1382), Mayra (#1501), Mariela (#1547), Maura (#1576), Marion (#1605), Maritza (#1682), Maryann (#1934), Marlo (#1980), Mariel, Maryjo, Mamie, Maurine, Maureen, Maryon, Marylin, Maree, Maryanne, Marla, Marita, Mariska, Mariann, Marianne, Marilla, Marilee and Muriel are the popular alternative forms of Marian (#1210). These relations of Marian reached the apex of their popularity 78 years ago (MEDIAN #1000) and are now significantly less popular (#1430, 89% LESS USAGE). Mary has been the recurring favorite, though Maria is now higher in the list, while forms such as Mariel have become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marian, Ann, Malia, Mamie, Mara in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maree, Maren, Maria, Mariam, Mariana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariann, Marianna, Marianne, Marie, Mariel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariela, Marilee, Marilla, Marilyn, Marin in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlo, Mary, Maryann, Maryanne, Maryjo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marylin, Maryon, Maura, Maureen, Maurine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mayra, Miriam, Muriel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Marian is pronounced similarly to Mairin, Mareen, Marieanne, Marien, Marine, Marinn, Marrin, Maryan, Maryn, Maurianne, Merryn, Miran, Mirian, Moreen, Morine and Morwyn. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Carin, Carman, Cerian, Damian, Daria, Darion, Dorian, Farin, Farran, Karan, Lorian, Maia, Mairim, Marah, Marcia, Marciane, Mareina, Marena, Marfa, Mari, Mariah, Marianda, Mariet, Marike, Mariko, Marilu, Marina, Marit, Mariza, Marjon, Marlane, Marlen, Marlin, Marlinn, Marlon, Marnee, Marnie, Marnya, Maroona, Marra, Marta, Maryam, Maryanna, Merial, Meriam, Mirana, Mirham, Miriana, Mirna, Miryam, Moriah, Morna, Murna, Myriah, Myrna, Saria, Taran, Tarin and Zaria. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marian.

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