Marian is probably a name many will associate with Maid Marian, a heroine in English folklore and the love interest of Robin Hood. Marian is an English female name, a variant of Marion, itself a medieval French diminutive of Marie, which ultimately derives from Hebrew Miriam, a name of uncertain origin though several meanings have been ascribed to it such as “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, “obstinacy” or “wished for child” from a Hebrew root word. It’s also possible that it might have originated from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr or “love” via mr.
Marian is also a Polish, Czech, and Romanian male given name, in this case derived from Marianus, a derivative of Marius, a Roman family name on uncertain etymology and meaning. It’s been linked to Mars, the Roman god of war, but also as a masculine form of Maria (the Latinate form of Miriam) or from Latin mare “sea”, maria being its plural form. It’s also been linked to Latin mas “man, male”, but ultimately Marius may have originated from a Sabine origin.
Marian is also a Romanian, English, and French surname originating from the given name.
Meaning: a diminutive of Mary, meaning uncertain though various meanings attributed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, “obstinacy”, “wished for child”, “beloved” or “love”; a combination of Mary + Ann “favor, grace”; possibly from Latin “sea” or “man, manly”; may also be related to the Roman god of war, Mars
Usage: English (female only), Polish, Czech, Romanian, German (male)
- Marion (French, English)
- Marianne (French, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish)
- Marielle (French)
- Mariette (French)
- Marise (French)
- Maryse (French)
- Manon (French, Dutch)
- Mariana (Ancient Roman, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Bulgarian)
- Marián (Czech, Slovak, Hungarian)
- Marion (English)
- Marianus (Ancient Roman)
- Marius (Ancient Roman, German, Romanian, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, French, Lithuanian, English)
- Mariano (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
- Mario (Italian, Spanish, German, Croatian)