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Gender: Female Meaning of Marie: "bitter" Origin of Marie: French variation of Mary, Hebrew Marie's Popularity in 2017: #651

The name Marie is a girl's name of Hebrew, French origin meaning "bitter". Marie is ranked #651 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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The ubiquitous French version of Mary came into the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century. In the United States, Marie was a huge hit at the turn of the last century and for the ensuing fifty years, becoming the seventh most popular name in the country for three years, from 1901 to 1904.

Now, though, Marie sounds more dated than either Mary or Maria, though it once rivaled both. Even its days as a widely-used middle name have passed. The freshest way to use Marie today may be as the first part of a traditional French double name: Marie-Christine, Marie-Claude, and so on, or the French diminutive Manon.

There have been countless notable Maries over the years, from French Queen Marie Antoinette to physicist Marie Curie to singer Marie Osmond (born Olive Marie).

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Famous People Named Marie

Marie Antoinette (born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna), Queen consort of Louis XVI of France
Marie Louise (born Maria Ludovica Leopoldina Franziska Therese Josepha Lucia), Duchess of Parma, Empress consort of Napoleon I of France
(Maximilianne Wilhelmine Auguste Sophie) Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, birth name of Maria Alexandrovna, Empress consort of Alexander II of Russia
Marie-José Charlotte Sophie Amélie Henriette Gabrielle, last Queen of Italy as wife of Umberto II
Marie de' Medici, Queen consort of Henry IV of France
Marie Alexandra Victoria of Edinburgh, Queen consort of Ferdinand I of Romania
Marie (Adélaïde) Clotilde Xavière, Queen consort of Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia
Marie Thérèse Charlotte, Madame Royale, Queen consort of Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême (for 20 minutes)
Maria Karolina Zofia Felicja "Marie" Leszczyaska, Queen consort of Louis XV of France
Marie Curie (born Maria Salomea Sklodowska), Polish-French physicist
(Olive) Marie Osmond, American singer
Mary "Marie" Cahill, American actress and singer
Marie Catherine Laveau, American voodoo queen
Marie Prevost, Canadian actress
Marie de France, French-English medieval poet
Marie Lu (Xiwei), American novelist
(Gun-)Marie Fredriksson, Swedish pop singer of duo Roxette
Katherine Elizabeth "Marie" Wilson, American actress
Marie-Eve Pelletier, Canadian tennis player
Marie-France Dubreuil, Canadian ice dancer
Marie-Jade Lauriault, Canadian ice dancer who competes for France
Marie Triepcke Krøyer Alfvén, Danish painter
Marie Taglioni, Swedish ballet dancer
Marie Avgeropolous, Canadian actress
Marie Eleonor Serneholt, Swedish pop singer of the A*Teens
Marie Helvin, Japanese-British-American model
Marie Lloyd, stage name of Matilda Alice Victoria Wood, English music hall singer
Marie Dressler (born Leila Marie Koerber), Canadian actress
Marie Reilly, Irish singer of group Cherish The Ladies
Marie-Eve Nault, Canadian soccer player
Marie-Elise Akouavi Gbèdo, Beninese politican
Marieanne Spacey, English footballer
Marie Kondo, Japanese organizing consultant and author and the inventor of the KonMari method
Marie Elisabet Ledin, Swedish music publisher and author, wife of musician Tomas Ledin
Marie Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz, Princess Michael of Kent
Marie Nikolaevna Romanov, Grand Duchess of Russia, third daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
Marie of France, Countess of Champagne
Marie Adélaïde, Princess of Savoy, wife of Louis, Dauphin of France
Marie Luise Alexandrine Karoline, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Marie Alexandrine Elisabeth Eleonore of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Duchess of Russia
Marie Joséphine Louise of Savoy, wife of the future King Louis XVIII of France
Victor Marie Hugo, (male) author of the novel Les Miserables and other classics
Jean-Marie Loret (male), a French railway worker, the son of Adolf Hitler
Jean-Marie Le Pen (male), a French politician
Jean-Marie Leclair (male), a Baroque violinist and composer, considered to have founded the French violin school

Pop Culture References for the name Marie

Marie Stahlbaum, heroine of "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King"
Marie, little white kitten in Disney's "The Aristocats"
Marie Barone, character on TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Marie Schrader, character on TV series "Breaking Bad"
Marie, character in manga/anime "Soul Eater"
Marie Idaho, character in video game "The Sims 3" Moonlight Bay
Anna Marie D'Ancanto, also known as Rogue, character from Marvel Universe
Marie de St. Caux, character in G. A. Henty's "In the Reign of Terror"
Elena Marie Gilbert, lead character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Marie-Laure LeBlanc, one of the main protagonists along with Werner Pfennig in 'All The Light We Cannot See'
Marie Kanker, antagonist of "Ed, Edd n Eddy"
"Oh Marie," song by Sheryl Crow
"Marie Christine," song by Gordon Lightfoot
Marie Callender's, restaurant and frozen food
Marie Claire, women's magazine
Marie character in the videogame "Splatoon"
Marie means Pearl

Marrie, Mariette, Maree, Marielle, Mariel


mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


I think its way overused as a middle, but it could sound really cute and refreshing as a first.

Zell Says:


I think the bitterness referred to in the meaning is related to the sea, if that helps at all.

indiefendi2 Says:


if you want a fresher way then do Marielle.

Daiseymae Says:


I really love this name. It is so feminine and pretty.

paulapuddephatt Says:


How is Marie more dated than Maria? And it's certainly not more dated than Mary. All three of these names have been overused as middle names, and make lovely first names. Marie is my personal favourite. It's classic, and easy to imagine on a child or woman of any age.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Meaning is the same for all Mary variants. I must admit, it isn't the most inspiring one ever.

foreverharriet Says:


Very pretty, but I prefer the prounciation 'mah-ree' insead. 'muh-REE' to me looks like Murray (as in Andy Murray)

MJadeF Says:


It's a pretty name, but I could never use it. It's so popular as a middle name and I don't like it enough to ignore it's popularity.

Yessica Says:


I knew a girl named Jae-Marie, cute but might not age well.

Nozomi Says:


This name is so pretty :) I would love to meet a little Marie.

vintageisfave Says:


I don't think this name is dated. I may like Mary and Maria more, it certainly sounds fresh to me.

malloree Says:


This name to me feels REALLY overused as a middle and I don't like how Americans pronounce it. It's alright, but like violetgray said the "Murray" sound does kinda ruin it for me. There are more prettier and less common french names other than Marie out there.

beth Says:


It's one of my daughter's two middle names. It's also my sister in law and mother in laws middle name. I love it, it flows really well with her other names... Louisa Faye Marie x

LawsonSandy2010 Says:


I've only met one and she's in her 40's. I would love to meet a little girl named Marie!

MommaMcguire Says:


Love this name but hate the meaning.

ThistleThorn Says:


I think I prefer Mary or Maria. But this is pretty, I know at least twenty people with the middle name Marie, but I've never met a Marie.

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


This is my middle name as I imagine it is a lot of people's here on Nameberry, but I really want to use it in a first name spot for a daughter, I think it is beautiful! And there are so many names that fit beautifully in the middle name spot!

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:


This is the name of one of my best friends.

Caritas Says:


I don't see why this is dated. I think it's lovely, as a first or middle.

violetgray Says:


I love this name as a first name. I think its so sweet and soft sounding. But I like the way the French pronounce it more. The people around me tend to pronounce it "Mur-ee" kind of like Murray which is what stops me from putting it on my list. That and its the middle name of a lot of women in my family.

jojobabyberry Says:


This is probably my favorite filler middle name, I much prefer it over Elizabeth or Grace. It's much more original in the first name spot though.

Lilibet Says:


Fresh and pretty in first name place. An underused classic as a first name.

Guest Says:


The ultimate filler middle name. Always seems to be used with Sophia and Gina.

Malbeth8 Says:


This is my best friends name!! I think it is beautiful!!!!