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Gender: Female Origin of Marilla: Latin, 'shining sea'

The name Marilla is a girl's name of Latin origin. Marilla and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF (12)".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Marilla

Marilla Marks Young Ricker, American suffragist
Marilla Waite Freeman, American pioneering librarian
Marilla Guss, Australian skier

Pop Culture References for the name Marilla

Marilla Cuthbert and Bertha Marilla "Rilla" Blythe, characters in the "Anne of Green Gables" series
Marilla Rowens, widow in "Elsie Verner" (1861) by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Marilla Brown, character on TV's "Designing Women"
Marilla, New York, USA


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.