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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, 40's actress
Marjorie Norton Ralston, second voice of Minnie Mouse
Marjorie Bennett, Australian actress active from 1917 to 1980

Pop Culture References for the Name Marjorie

Marjorie "Marge" Simpson
Marjorie Ferrar, rival of Fleur Forsyte in Galsworthy's 1926 novel 'The Silver Spoon'
Margaery Tyrell, character from the HBO TV series 'Game of Thrones'
Marjorie Westriding Yrarier, protagonist of Sheri S. Tepper's Grass
Marjorie Pickthall, from the movie "Ghost Town"

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Marjorie's International Variations

Marjolie, Marjolaine, Marjie, Marjo (French)