English and French diminutive of Marie
"drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"

Marion Origin and Meaning

The name Marion is a girl's name meaning "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved".

An underused classic that has proved surprisingly unisex over the last few decades, being given to roughly the same number of baby girls and boys in the US from the 1970s to the 2000s. For a girl, Marion has a sturdy old-fashioned charm.

The meaning of Marie is uncertain, but theories include "drop of the sea" (from Hebrew roots mar "drop" and yam "sea"); "bitter" (from Hebrew marah "bitterness"); and "beloved" (from the Egyptian root mr).

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Marion Rank in US Top 1000

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Marion Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Marion Popularity

Famous People Named Marion

  • Marion RyanBritish singer
  • Marion Eileen RossAmerican actress
  • Marion CotillardFrench actress
  • Marion Elise RavenNorwegian singer,songwriter of pop duo M2M
  • Marion Lois JonesAmerican track and field athlete
  • Marion Cecilia Davies (born Marion Cecilia Elizabeth Brooklyn Douras)American actress; mistress of W.R. Hearst
  • Marion Eleanor Zimmer BradleyAmerican novelist
  • Marion ChesneyScottish novelist
  • Marion LorneAmerican actress
  • Marion Mahony Griffinfirst woman employed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Marion BartoliFrench tennis player
  • Marion Jean WoodmanCanadian psychologist
  • Marion Jeanne Caroline MaréchalLe Pen, French politician
  • Marion (Enwright) CunninghamAmerican cookbook author
  • Marion KellyBritish child star of a viral video
  • Marion Louise AunorFilipina singer,songwriter
  • (Marion) Loretta Elwell Broderick(b. 2009) daughter of actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, twin of Tabitha Hodge Broderick

Marion in Pop Culture

  • Marion Cunninghammother on TV's Happy Days; played by Marion Ross
  • Marion Ravenwoodcharacter in movie Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Marion Silvercharacter in movie Requiem for a Dream
  • Marion Cranemain character in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"
  • Rose Marion Tylercompanion of The Doctor from "Doctor Who"
  • Similar: Marionetta Celestina O'Carrollcharacter in Thomas Love Peacock's "Nightmare Abbey" (1818)