French derivative of Mary
"drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"

Marion Origin and Meaning

The name Marion is both a boy's name and a girl's name of French origin meaning "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved".
Fun fact: Marion was the birth name of movie star John Wayne. Although commonly thought of as a female name today, it was actually more popular for boys until the late 19th century, and was given to roughly equal numbers of boys and girls throughout the 1970s-2000s.

Marion as a male name derives from a French surname related to Marie, which ultimately comes from the Hebrew name Maryam/Mariam. The original meaning of Maryam is uncertain, but theories include "drop of the sea" (from Hebrew roots mar "drop" and yam "sea"); "bitter" (from Hebrew marah "bitterness"); and "beloved" (from the Egyptian root mr).

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Famous People Named Marion

  • Marion Mitchell Morrisonbirth name of John Wayne, American actor
  • Marion Gordon "Pat" RobertsonAmerican media mogul
  • Marion Shepilov BarryAmerican politician; former mayor of D.C.
  • Marion Michael "Mike" RoundsU.S. Senator from South Dakota
  • Marion MotleyAmerican NFL player
  • Marion Hugh "Suge" KnightAmerican record producer and executive
  • Marion "Preacher" CoxAmerican NASCAR car owner
  • Marion Stevenson ButtsAmerican NFL player
  • Marion Sylvester Barber Jr. and IIIAmerican father and son NFL players
  • Robert Marion BerryU.S. Congressman from Arkansas
  • Marion Christopher Barry (b. 1980)son of politician Marion Barry
  • Crawford Marion Turner (b. 2010)son of country music singer Josh Turner

Marion in Pop Culture

  • Marion Mosebycharacter on TV's The Suite Life
  • Marion Pardoncharacter in film "The Californians"
  • Marion Anthony "Fat Tony" D'Amicocharacter on TV's "The Simpsons"