Marian

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141k
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since 1880
Last Name
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Marian

"Marian" is a name of English origin, and it means "Bitter, or From the Sea". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ma"ri*an
Pertaining to the Virgin Mary, or sometimes to Mary, Queen of England, daughter of Henry VIII.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Of or relating to or venerating the Virgin Mary
Wiktionary

A variant of Marion, a medieval derivation of Mary, often also interpreted as a contraction of Mary and Ann, or as a variant of Mariana.

  1. A female given name.

Mary +‎ -an

  1. (historical) One of the Scots who remained loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots in the disputes following her deposition.

Mari +‎ -an

    Marian was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, French, German, and Polish

    Notable Persons Named Marian

    Marianne Faithfull is a rock music, folk music, jazz, and blues musician. Her ongoing career started in 1964. Marianne was given the name Marian Evelyn Faithfull on December 29th, 1946 in Hampstead, London, England.

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    Marion Ross is an actress. She has been prominent since 1953. Marion was given the name Marian Ross on October 25th, 1928 in Minnesota, United States.

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    Marian was given the name Marian Lois Shields on July 30th, 1937 in Chicago.

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    Marian Rivera is an actor, model (people), dance, music artist (occupation), and celebrity. Marian was born on August 12th, 1984 in Madrid.

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    Marián Hossa is a hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. He has been prominent since 1996. Marián was born on January 12th, 1979 in Stará Ľubovňa.

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    Marian Gold is a musician. His ongoing career started in 1982. Marian was given the name Hartwig Schierbaum on May 26th, 1954 in Herford, West Germany.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Marian

    Ferdinand Marian was an actor. Ferdinand was given the name Ferdinand Haschkowetz on August 14th, 1902 in Vienna. He passed away on August 7th, 1946.

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    Michele was born on April 7th, 1963.

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    Victor Marian is a soccer player for the FC Costuleni, FC Unisport-Auto Chișinău, FC Nistru Otaci, FC Politehnica Chișinău, FC Rapid Ghidighici, AFC Rocar București, FC Milsami Orhei, and Moldova national football team. Victor was born on September 10th, 1984 in Chișinău.

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    Adrian-Mihail Marian is a designer. Adrian-Mihail was given the name Adrian Marian on May 15th, 1955 in Deva, Romania. Adrian-Mihail is also known as Adrian Marian.

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    How popular is the baby name Marian in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 56 56 0
    1881 45 39 6
    1882 47 42 5
    1883 47 47 0
    1884 66 61 5
    1885 69 64 5
    1886 60 55 5
    1887 85 85 0
    1888 97 92 5
    1889 90 90 0
    1890 117 112 5
    1891 108 108 0
    1892 169 164 5
    1893 140 140 0
    1894 124 124 0
    1895 265 265 0
    1896 272 267 5
    1897 309 309 0
    1898 348 343 5
    1899 342 336 6
    1900 416 408 8
    1901 304 296 8
    1902 343 338 5
    1903 360 355 5
    1904 412 406 6
    1905 460 455 5
    1906 498 498 0
    1907 566 556 10
    1908 584 579 5
    1909 646 641 5
    1910 816 806 10
    1911 895 884 11
    1912 1,327 1,313 14 #93 girl name
    1913 1,469 1,452 17 #93 girl name
    1914 1,896 1,862 34 #90 girl name
    1915 2,637 2,612 25 #86 girl name
    1916 3,231 3,198 33 #72 girl name
    1917 3,296 3,267 29 #74 girl name
    1918 3,540 3,503 37 #76 girl name
    1919 3,299 3,262 37 #81 girl name
    1920 3,874 3,844 30 #73 girl name
    1921 4,096 4,064 32 #69 girl name
    1922 3,978 3,950 28 #67 girl name
    1923 4,064 4,029 35 #65 girl name
    1924 4,234 4,196 38 #64 girl name
    1925 4,006 3,979 27 #67 girl name
    1926 3,905 3,859 46 #70 girl name
    1927 3,748 3,720 28 #74 girl name
    1928 3,930 3,886 44 #71 girl name
    1929 3,477 3,446 31 #75 girl name
    1930 3,253 3,213 40 #80 girl name
    1931 2,901 2,862 39 #84 girl name
    1932 2,858 2,837 21 #86 girl name
    1933 2,656 2,637 19 #89 girl name
    1934 2,444 2,426 18 #97 girl name
    1935 2,292 2,265 27
    1936 2,085 2,059 26
    1937 1,923 1,904 19
    1938 1,883 1,866 17
    1939 1,855 1,837 18
    1940 1,704 1,693 11
    1941 1,690 1,678 12
    1942 1,845 1,837 8
    1943 1,801 1,793 8
    1944 1,599 1,588 11
    1945 1,457 1,447 10
    1946 1,648 1,648 0
    1947 1,615 1,606 9
    1948 1,399 1,387 12
    1949 1,363 1,363 0
    1950 1,267 1,258 9
    1951 1,245 1,236 9
    1952 1,255 1,244 11
    1953 1,373 1,366 7
    1954 4,027 4,014 13
    1955 1,513 1,497 16
    1956 1,263 1,249 14
    1957 1,350 1,350 0
    1958 1,060 1,051 9
    1959 1,075 1,069 6
    1960 1,031 1,021 10
    1961 912 906 6
    1962 912 901 11
    1963 860 853 7
    1964 764 757 7
    1965 600 600 0
    1966 524 518 6
    1967 488 480 8
    1968 400 389 11
    1969 351 343 8
    1970 381 381 0
    1971 323 315 8
    1972 269 262 7
    1973 265 265 0
    1974 243 237 6
    1975 211 206 5
    1976 225 217 8
    1977 216 205 11
    1978 200 200 0
    1979 189 189 0
    1980 223 215 8
    1981 204 204 0
    1982 238 232 6
    1983 186 180 6
    1984 199 199 0
    1985 200 200 0
    1986 212 207 5
    1987 179 179 0
    1988 183 177 6
    1989 201 193 8
    1990 213 203 10
    1991 237 232 5
    1992 216 216 0
    1993 176 170 6
    1994 186 181 5
    1995 153 153 0
    1996 164 159 5
    1997 160 160 0
    1998 130 124 6
    1999 171 171 0
    2000 315 315 0
    2001 205 205 0
    2002 197 197 0
    2003 190 190 0
    2004 208 208 0
    2005 209 204 5
    2006 202 202 0
    2007 181 181 0
    2008 201 194 7
    2009 169 169 0
    2010 210 210 0
    2011 151 151 0
    2012 185 185 0
    2013 172 172 0
    2014 189 189 0
    2015 234 234 0
    2016 210 202 8

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    Popularity of Marian as a first name

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    Popularity of Marian as a last name

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    Common last names for Marian

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Miller
    • Brown
    • Jones
    • Williams
    • Davis
    • Anderson
    • Thompson
    • Wilson
    • Taylor
    • Moore
    • Clark
    • Thomas
    • Martin
    • White
    • Hall
    • Young

    Common first names for Marian

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Marian U.S.
      White 80.67% 64.26%
      African American 2.86% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.89% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.79% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 9.79% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Marian

    People with the last name Marian are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Marian

    • How Popular is the name Marian? Marian is the 496th most popular name of all time. As a last name Marian was the 28,465th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Marian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 141,485 babies born with the first name Marian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Marian to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Marian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 56 new born babies.
    • When was Marian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Marian is Wednesday, July 29th, 1868.
    • What year had the most people named Marian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Marian was in 1924 with a total of 4,196 babies. That's a lot of babies named Marian!
    • Random Marian Factoid: According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Marian ranks 48th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 30 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 1927.
    • Weird things about the name Marian: Your name in reverse order is Nairam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mairna. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Marian? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 838 people with the last name Marian.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Marian? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Marian as their last name since less than 1 person in 357k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
    • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.