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Gender: Female Pronunciation: Ma-REEN-a Meaning of Marina: "from the sea" Origin of Marina: Latin Marina's Popularity in 2017: #713

The name Marina is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "from the sea". Marina is ranked #713 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

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.

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.

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Famous People Named Marina

Marina, Princess of Greece & Denmark, Duchess of Kent, wife of Britain's Prince George
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
Marina Malpica, Mexican rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Marina

Marina, character in "Exodus" by Leon Uris
Marina, character in Shakespeare's "Pericles, Prince of Tyre" ("Call'd Marina/For I was born at sea.")
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 Andrieski, character on TV's "The Magicians"
"Marina," song by Dorival Caymmi
Marina, a character from the video game Splatoon 2
Marina, a specially designed harbor with moorings for pleasure craft and small boats.

Marina's International Variations

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


MarinaMoonlight Says:


I changed my name to Marina from Marjorie after I woke up one morning hearing the name. I love my name, and many people compliment it. Marina is now a popular name in my small community by the sea.

Skittlewiddles Says:


My sister's name is Marina and we live in a state that is known for marinas and watercraft. She loves her name. I don't recall a time she has ever gotten teased for her name being a word-name. People usually say how pretty it is.

alextheindigo Says:


I think of Marina and the Diamonds, a very talented and feminist pop star. Not my style but I see why other people like it

paulapuddephatt Says:


This is a beautiful name, love it so much.

marina450 Says:


I have never heard that one! I don't get teased at all with this name.

marina450 Says:


My name is Marina, I like it a lot. My boyfriend calls me Rina.

Yara Says:


Lovely. I can picture the sea every time I say it in my head.

iipostmvh Says:


I agree with the other poster, I don't think most people would make that association. My aesthetician's name is Marina, and until I saw this name on here and read the comments, I never made the connection.

helicoptero Says:


Possibly it depends on where you live, but I don't feel like "marina" is a common enough word to be a problem, and the potential innuendo, if that's what you meant, about sailors seems fairly obscure (to me).

Jessi19lynn96 Says:


I absolutely love this name but I am worried that the whole "a place where sailors dock their boats" thing. Do you feel like there could be way too much teasing potential?

helicoptero Says:


yeah, it must be!

KJGlitter Says:


For the longest time, for some reason, I thought this name was pronounced Mar·i·na instead. I actually think I like that better.

TulliaCicero Says:


Is the "g" at the end of the pronunciation a typo? I've never heard Marina pronounced "Ma-REEN-ahg."

Lena_Aline Says:


I think it's very pretty, but as I live by a marina, it seems too objectified to be a name.

grace147 Says:


Love the meaning and how whenever I read or hear this name I just imagine sitting on a dock with ocean mist in the air. Such a pretty name!

GuineapigGirl15 Says:


Me too! It is such a sweet and beautiful name!

DolphinLover17 Says:


It's soooooo beautiful! I LOVE that name!

DaisyMaisie Says:


this is a pretty name, but it is kind of too close to "Marine" and to be honest, i don't think of the name "Marine" as a name. but Marina is a really pretty name.

AliciaDawn Says:


My mom almost named me this and I'm forever grateful she didn't. It brings to mind the 50's and 60's when names like Maureen where popular. It just sounds don't know...sticky? Like I'm wading through a swamp or something but can't get out. The "a" at the end seems unnecessary and just makes me like it even less. Not a fan at all.

lesliemarion Says:


What a lovely and refreshing name, adore it.

Sorceress Says:


One of prettiest name. Lovely meaning (Of the sea), word name, M name, name ending with -ah. I bet it would be more popular.