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Gender: F Pronunciation: Ma-REEN-a Meaning of Marina: "from the sea" Origin of Marina: Latin Marina's Popularity in 2016: #685

This pretty sea-born name was used to dramatic effect by Shakespeare in his play Pericles for the virtuous princess who says she is "Call'd Marina, for I was born at sea."

Marina was an epithet of Venus, and there was more than one saint of that name. It was used in Britain from as early as the fourteenth century.

Although it reached as high as Number 219 in 1994, Marina never had the trendy feel of cousins Melissa and Marissa. It's now very popular in Spain--just outside the Top 25.

A prominent current bearer is Marina Abramovic, widely publicized New York-based Serbian performance artist. And actor Matt LeBlanc chose the name for his daughter, Marina Pearl.

Famous People Named Marina

Marina, Princess of Greece & Denmark, wife of Britain's Prince George, Duke of Kent
Marina Petrovna Golitsyna, Princess of Russia; great-granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I
Marina Abramović, Serbian-American performance artist
Marina Teresa Squerciati, American Actress
Marina Lambrini Diamandis, Welsh singer of Marina and the Diamonds
Marina Vyacheslavovna Anissina, French-Russian Olympic ice dancer
Marina Erakovic, New Zealand tennis player
Marina Ginesta, Catalan Communist militant during the Spanish Civil War
Marina Ann Hantzis, birth name of American actress Sasha Grey
Marina Inoue, Japanese voice actress
Marina Evelyn Keegan, American essayist
Marina Sirtis, British-American actress
Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva, Russian poet
Marina Tucakovic, Serbian songwriter
Marina Viskovic, Serbian singer
Marina Zivkovic, Serbian singer
Marina Oswald Porter, widow of alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Marina Nery, Brazilian model
Marina Torlonia dei Principi di Civitella-Cesi, Italian-American grandmother of actress Brooke Shields
Marina Louise Bukowski, only child of novelist Charles Bukowski
Marina Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy, daughter of Britain's Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy; great-granddaughter of King George V
Marina Charlotte Alexandra Katharine Helen Windsor, b. 1992, daughter of George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews
Marina Pearl LeBlanc, b. 2004, daughter of actor Matt LeBlanc
Marina Corwin (b. 2008), daughter of biologist and TV personality Jeff Corwin
Marina Irodova (b. 2009), daughter of singer Yegor Irodov

Pop Culture References for the name Marina

A marina is a specially designed harbor with moorings for pleasure craft and small boats.

Marina, character in "Exodus" by Leon Uris
Marina, character in Shakespeare's "Pericles, Prince of Tyre"
Marina Conway, character in movie "Blowing Wind"
Marina Ferrer, character on TV's "The L Word"
Marina Lemke, character in movie "The Butcher's Wife"
Marina Rudd, character in movie "The Mirror Crack'd"
Marina Morrison, character in Ena Lamont Stewart's play "Men Should Weep"
Marina Thwaite, character in The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
Marina Datillo, character on TV's "Arthur"
"Marina," song by Dorival Caymmi
Marina, a character from the video game Splatoon 2

Marina's International Variations

Marine (French) Marna, Mareeba (Swedish) Mariná (Slavic) Marinochka (Russian)