Gender: Female Meaning of Marianne: "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved + grace" Origin of Marianne: French combination of Marie and Anne

Marianne Origin and Meaning

The name Marianne is a girl's name of French origin meaning "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved + grace".

A midcentury Catholic classic that's not chosen by many parents today. Leonard Cohen fans might think of the beautiful song So Long, Marianne, named for his lover and muse Marianne Ihlen.

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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Pop Culture References for the name Marianne

Mariana, Maryann, Mariann, Maryanna, Mariane


tori101 Says:


After watching normal people on BBC and adding the book to my collection of books I need to read I’ve fallen in love with Marianne. It’s effortless, classy and just elegant. Also really refreshing to see! Beautiful

josephinedagnall Says:


I love this! It would make a good honour name for my lifelong best friend Maria and my mother Ann. I'm almost glad it's not so widely used today; it's unlikely there will be five Mariannes to a class.

indiefendi2 Says:


if people want to be "stylish" there is Rianne. which is the name of a current supermodel Rianne van Rompaey.

ModerateMom17 Says:


Sometimes Nameberry really misses the mark on names and this is one of those times.

BBear Says:


I would name a girl Marianne just to be able to sing her to sleep with this song. Following Leonard Cohen's recent death, we're seriously considering this as a semi-tribute (that we also love).

Toronto87 Says:


This is a classic. One of the only smush names that I like. Would make a great middle name.

Ccppww Says:


I chose this for my second daughter, for I think the sisters in Sense and Sensibility are so wonderful. I'll place sisterly love and devotion over style, thank you Nameberry. Also my family is French and I wanted something my relatives could pronounce, as well as my husband's English speaking family. Still love the choice I made, and my little Marianne.

katymaz Says:


You would certainly would have a lot more 'style' using this beautiful underused name than a lot of other trendy 'stylish' names that are out there. And it can't be boring when hardly any other little girl has the same name.

AriellaBar Says:


There is something beautiful and nostalgic about this name. It's irresistible with a slight French accent. I like it as a middle: Rose Marianne or Eliza Marianne.

indiefendi2 Says:


It's boring because it's just Mary and Anne put together but at the same time it's beautiful.

ashbee Says:


I agree. Nameberry can be so harsh sometimes with their judgements. There are many musical and literary references to this name that make it stylish to me. It's also a classic French name.

Catastroffy Says:


It's such a pity that this name is "not chosen by many stylish parents today". It is a beautiful name, calling to mind the lovely, emotional Marianne Dashwood in "Sense and Sensibility".

DearestJules Says:


I'm not usually into names like this, they sound too boring, but after falling in love with the song "So Long, Marianne" by Leonard Cohen, I love this name.