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Gender: F Pronunciation: muh-REE Meaning of Marie: "bitter" Origin of Marie: French variation of Mary, Hebrew Marie's Popularity in 2014: #579

The ubiquitous French version of Mary came into the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century. In the United States, Marie was a huge hit at the turn of the last century and for the ensuing fifty years, becoming the seventh most popular name in the country for three years, from 1901 to 1904. Currently number 573 in the US, 233 on Nameberry, number 56 in England and Wales, 283 on Nameberry, in the Top 10 of Austria and Belgium, and 40 in its native France.

Now, though, Marie sounds more dated than either Mary or Maria, though it once rivalled both. Even its days as a widely-used middle name have passed. The freshest way to use Marie today may be as the first part of a traditional French double name: Marie-Christine, Marie-Claude, and so on, or the French diminutive Manon.

There have been countless notable Maries over the years, from French Queen Marie Antoinette to physicist Marie Curie to singer Marie Osmond (born Olive Marie).

Famous People Named Marie

Marie Curie (born Maria Salomea Skaodowska), Polish-French physicist
Marie Antoinette (born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna), Queen of France
Marie Romanov, Duchess of Russia
Marie of France, Countess of Champagne
Marie Luise Alexandrine Karoline, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Marie Alexandrine Elisabeth Eleonore of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Duchess of Russia
Marie Thérèse Charlotte, Queen consort of France
Maria Karolina Zofia Felicja "Marie" Leszczyaska, Queen consort of France
(Olive) Marie Osmond, American singer
Marie Lu, American author
Marie-Eve Pelletier, Canadian tennis player
Marie Fajardo Ragghianti, American parole board administrator
Marie Triepcke Krøyer Alfvén, Danish painter
Marie Taglioni, Swedish ballet dancer
Marie Avgeropolous, Canadian actress

Pop Culture References for the name Marie

Marie Callender's, restaurant and frozen food
Marie Stahlbaum, heroine of "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King"
Marie, little white kitten in Disney's "The Aristocats"
Marie Barone, character on TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Marie Claire, women's magazine
Marie Schrader, character on TV series "Breaking Bad"
Marie, character in manga/anime "Soul Eater"
Marie Laveau, character in "American Horror Story: Coven"
Marie Idaho, character in video game "The Sims 3" Moonlight Bay
"Oh Marie," song by Sheryl Crow
"Marie Christine," song by Gordon Lightfoot
Marie "Rogue", character from X-Men
Marie de St. Caux, character in G. A. Henty's, In the Reign of Terror
Elena Marie Gilbert, lead character on TV's, The Vampire Diaries

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