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Marian Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Marian is of French and Polish origin.

The meaning of Marian is "bitter".  

It is also of English origin, where its meaning is "bitter, gracious".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 1264  in baby name popularity for girls with 189 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Marian Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Marian has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Marian to other names.


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Related Names

Marian is a form of the name Marianus.

Other Tidbits

Marian falls into the song name category.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Marian in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Marian.

Just for fun, see the name Marian in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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Names Like This

French names have similar origins to those of other old-world European nations. They are often derivations of place names or trade names, or have their basis in history, mythology, religion or nature. They may also be created names.

The popularity of hyphenated names is a unique feature of French given names. For example Paul-Henri or Anne-Marie. A hyphenated name is considered a single unit first name, not separate first and middle names. Hyphenated names may be of the same or different genders. The first part of the name will always indicate the holder's gender.

Masculine names may be made feminine with the addition of -e, -ette, or -ine as suffixes.