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Gender: Female Meaning of Marianne: "bitter; grace" Origin of Marianne: French, combination of Mary and Anne

The name Marianne is a girl's name of French origin meaning "bitter; grace". Marianne and is often added to lists like Jane Austen Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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A midcentury Catholic classic that's not chosen by many stylish parents today.

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Famous People Named Marianne

Saint Marianne Cope of Molo'kai, German-American nun
(Wilhelmina Frederika Louise Charlotte) Marianne of Orange-Nassau, Princess of the Netherlands; daughter of William I
Marianne Cecilie Auguste Friederike Wilhelmine Elisabeth Johanna, Princess of Prussia; Princess Wilhelm of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld
Marianne Evelyn Gabriel Faithfull, English singer
Marianne Jean-Baptiste, English actress
Marianne Leone Cooper, American actress
Marianne St. Gelais, Canadian Olympic speed skater
Marianne Vos, Dutch Olympic cyclist
Marianne Werdel, American tennis player
Marianne Moore, American poet
Marianne Christine Stang Ihlen, Norwegian muse of singer Leonard Cohen
Marianne Stone, English character actress
Marianne Weber, German sociologist; wife of philosopher Max Weber
Maria Anna Thekla "Marianne" Mozart, cousin of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Pop Culture References for the name Marianne

Marianne Dashwood Brandon, character in Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility"
Marianne Thornberry, mother on TV's "The Wild Thornberrys"
Marianne, character in the film "Strange Magic"
"C'mon Marianne," song by The Four Seasons
Marianne, character in book series "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls"
Marianne Bryant, character in movie "Easy A"
Marianne, also known as Alice, a character from "Are you Alice?"
"So Long Marianne," song by Leonard Cohen
Marianne, a personification of the French Republic, stylized as a liberty goddess
Marianne, girlfriend of John Zoidberg in "Futurama" episode "Stench and Stenchibility"

Maryann, Mariann, Mariana, Maryanna, Mariane


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.