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Gender: F Meaning of Marjorie: "pearl" Origin of Marjorie: Scottish variation of Margery, diminutive of Margaret Marjorie's Popularity in 2013: #910

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Scottish Marjorie and her English twin Margery were early twentieth century favorites that date back to medieval times, when popular among the royals. They were at their height in the 1920's, when they were seen as more lively versions of the old standard. Marjorie was always the preferred spelling, in the Top 25 from 1921 to 1927. But it's making a serious comeback -- in 2013, it was the second fastest-rising name, jumping 735 places since 2012, possibly because it sounds like Margaery, the major character on Game of Thrones.

One notable namesake is Marjorie Stinson, a pioneering aviator who was the first female airline pilot. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was the author of the moving novel The Yearling and Margery Williams's name is on the cover of kiddie favorite The Velveteen Rabbit--and there's always the old nursery rhyme "See-Saw, Margery Daw."

Nickname Margie was seen as a prime pert teenager moniker in movies and such vintage TV shows as My Little Margie. Marge is strongly associated with Homer Simpson's wife.

Neither Margery nor Marjorie have been around for decades, but their lively three-syllable, ee-sound ending makes it a modern possibility. Trivia tidbit: Marjorie is said to have faded with advent of the word "margarine".

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Famous People Named Marjorie

Marjorie Merriweather Post, American socialite
Marjorie Conrad, French/American model
Marjorie Main, American actress
Marjorie Lawrence, Australian opera singer
Marjorie Wallace, American model and former Miss World
Marjorie Williams, American journalist
Marjorie Reynolds, American actress
Marjorie Norton Ralston, second voice of Minnie Mouse
Marjorie Bennett, Australian actress active from 1917 to 1980
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, American children's novelist
Marjorie Rambeau, American actress
Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, Olympic runner and Governor of South Australia
Marjorie Bruce aka Marjorie de Brus, Princess of Scotland, daughter of Robert the Bruce
Marjorie Perloff (born Gabriele Mintz), American poetry scholar
Marjorie Celeste Belcher, birth name of American dancer Marge Champion

Pop Culture References for the Name Marjorie

Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Marjorie Ferrar, rival of Fleur Forsyte in John Galsworthy's novel 'The Silver Spoon'
Margaery Tyrell, character in the 'Game of Thrones' series
Marjorie Westriding Yrarier, character in Sheri S. Tepper's "Grass"
Marjorie Pickthall, character in the movie "Ghost Town"
Marjorie "Aunt Marge" Eileen Dursley, character in the Harry Potter series

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Marjorie's International Variations

Marjolie, Marjolaine, Marjie, Marjo (French)