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Gender: F Meaning of Marina: "from the sea" Origin of Marina: Latin Marina's Popularity in 2013: #600

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This pretty sea-born name was used to dramatic effect by Shakespeare in his play Pericles for the virtuous princess who says she is "Call'd Marina, for I was born at sea."

Marina was an epithet of Venus, and there were more than one saint of that name. It was used in Britain from as early as the fourteenth century.

Although it reached as high as Number 219 in 1994, Marina never had the trendy feel of cousins Melissa and Marissa. It's now very popular in Spain--just outside the Top 25.

A prominent current bearer is Marina Abramovic, widely publicized New York-based Serbian performance artist.It was the name chosen for his daughter, Marina Pearl, by Matt LeBlanc.

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Famous People Named Marina

Marina Abramović, Serbian-American performance artist
Marina Ann Hantzis, birth name of American actress Sasha Grey
Marina Lambrini Diamandis, Welsh singer of Marina and the Diamonds
Marina Evelyn Keegan, American essayist
Marina Sirtis, British-American actress
Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva, Russian poet
Marina Tucakovic, Serbian songwriter
Marina Viskovic, Serbian singer
Marina Zivkovic, Serbian singer
Marina Erakovic, New Zealand tennis player
Marina Inoue, Japanese voice actress
Marina, Princess of Greece & Denmark, wife of Britain's Prince George, Duke of Kent
Marina Charlotte Alexandra Katharine Helen Windsor (b. 1992), daughter of George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews
Marina Louise Bukowski, only child of novelist Charles Bukowski
Marina Pearl LeBlanc(b. 2004), daughter of Matt LeBlanc
Marina Oswald Porter, widow of alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald

Pop Culture References for the Name Marina

Marina, character in "Exodus" by Leon Uris
Marina, character in Shakespeare's "Pericles, Prince of Tyre"
Marina Conway, character in movie "Blowing Wind"
Marina Ferrer, character on TV's "The L Word"
Marina Lemke, character in movie "The Butcher's Wife"
Marina Rudd, character in movie "The Mirror Crack'd"
Marina Morrison, character in Ena Lamont Stewart's play "Men Should Weep"
Marina Datillo, character on TV's "Arthur"
Marina, song by Dorival Caymmi

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Marina's International Variations

Marine (French) Marinochka (Russian) Mariná (Slavic) Marna, Mareeba (Swedish)