Gender: Female Meaning of Marilla: "shining sea" Origin of Marilla: Latin

Marilla Origin and Meaning

The name Marilla is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "shining sea".

Marilla is a names that's familiar via its resemblance to Mary and variations, but also distinctive: It hasn't been on the Top 1000 since the 1800s and was given to only nine baby girls last year. Delicate and sweet, which began life as a short form of the flower name Amaryllis. Marilla Cuthbert was a character in L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables.

Not heard much since the 1880s, Marilla could make a distinctive alternative to Marissa.

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diamondestiny Says:


I don't like this, Marella is so much better.

Toronto87 Says:


Kind of in love with this name. Beautiful meaning and a tie to my favourite books as a child (AOGG).

5sparrows Says:


Love it! <3 Loved L.M. Montgomery's characters (both Marilla Cuthbert and Little Rilla Blythe). Love how the names sounds and feels as it rolls off the tongue. Beautiful.

ElsaAnne Says:


I love the pronunciation and meaning of this name!

EllaYu Says:


Not quite. It's not pronounced "Morilla". It's pronounced "Marilla" as it's spelled. Gorilla is not pronounced "Garilla"

But yeah, close enough.

yvonne_virginia Says:


Love the nn potential in Rilla for this name!

Toronto87 Says:


It rhymes with gorilla.

Pebbles320 Says:


I had Anne of Green Gables on cassette when I was little, and the narrator pronounced it to rhyme with 'gorilla'. There might be other pronounciations though, as you suggest the 'll' is pronounced as a 'y' in a lot of languages.

alexisintexas Says:


Is this name pronounced as "Maria," or does it rhyme with "gorilla"?

Toronto87 Says:


i love this name and was a diehard anne of green gables fan as a child. I think it's more substantial than Marissa and little bit more finished sounding than Mara. I don't know anyone with the name. I'm surprised it's not more popular. I kind of group it with other names that are gaining popularity like Lydia and Harriet.