Marian Origin and Meaning
Marian was a Top 100 name from 1912 through 1934.
Marian Anderson was a great African-American contralto singer and Marion (born Marian) Ross was the mom on Happy Days. And – trivia tidbit – Marion Tweedy was the maiden name of Molly Bloom in James Joyce's Ulysses.
At one time Marian was considered the female form and Marion the male – John Wayne was born Marion.
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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Lists containing Marian
- Stylish Variations of Mary
- Unique Vintage Names for Girls
- Good Girl Names
- Cool Classic Girl Names — 100+ below the Top 1000
- Names That Mean Miracle, Heavenly, or Divine
- Black Hero Names
- Classic Girl Names
- Names That Mean Ocean
Famous People Named Marian
- Marian AndersonAmerican contralto opera singer
- Marian Ellina Stamp DawkinsEnglish biologist; wife of humanist Richard Dawkins
- Marian KeyesIrish novelist
- Marian RiveraSpanish,Filipino actress and model
- Marian Lois Shields Robinsonmother of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama
- Marian BergeronMiss America 1933
- Marian McKnightMiss America 1957
- Marian Ethel MercerAmerican actress and singer
- Marian Ann Borris JavitsAmerican art patron
- Marian Wright EdelmanAmerican rights activist
- Marian Elizabeth (WestroppDawson) Pritchard, English fashion writer and journalist
- Marian "Marie" Billups Booththird daughter of Salvation Army founder William Booth
Marian in Pop Culture
- Maid Marianlove interest of Robin Hood
- Marian Paroo aka Marian the Librariana main character in "The Music Man"
- "The Genius of Marian" 2013 documentary on Alzheimer's disease
- "Marian" song by Sisters of Mercy