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noun Ma*roon"
In the West Indies and Guiana, a fugitive slave, or a free negro, living in the mountains.

Etymology: F. marron, abbrev. fr. Sp. cimarron wild, unruly, from cima the summit of a mountain; hence, negro cimarron a runaway negro that lives in the mountains

verb Ma*roon"
To put (a person) ashore on a desolate island or coast and leave him to his fate.

Etymology: See Maroon a fugitive slave

adjective Ma*roon"
Having the color called maroon. See 4th Maroon.

Etymology: F. marron chestnut-colored, fr. marron a large French chestnut, It. marrone; cf. LGr. ma`raon. Cf. Marron

noun Ma*roon"
  1. A brownish or dull red of any description, esp. of a scarlet cast rather than approaching crimson or purple.
  2. An explosive shell. See Marron, 3.
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  1. An exploding firework used as a warning signal
  2. A dark purplish-red to dark brownish-red color
  3. A person who is stranded (as on an island) ("when the tide came in I was a maroon out there")
  4. Leave stranded on a desert island without resources ("The mutinous sailors were marooned on an island")
  5. Leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue ("the travellers were marooned")
  6. Of dark brownish to purplish red

Derived from the American-Spanish cimarrón, meaning “fugitive, wild, untamed, feral, estray”.

  1. An escaped negro slave of the Caribbean and the Americas or a descendant of escaped slaves.
  2. A castaway; a person who has been marooned.

French marron (“chestnut; brown”).

  1. A dark red, somewhat brownish, color.


  1. (nautical) A rocket-propelled firework or skyrocket, often one used as a signal (e.g. to summon the crew of a lifeboat or warn of an air raid).

From an intentional mispronunciation of the word moron used by the cartoon character Bugs Bunny.

  1. (slang, derogatory) An idiot; a fool.

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Maroon

    Patrick Maroon is a hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League. He was most active from 2008 to present. Patrick was born on April 23rd, 1988 in St. Louis.


    Joseph Maroon is a neurosurgeon. Joseph was born on August 31st, 1940 in Wheeling, West Virginia.


    Fred was born on September 24th, 1924. He breathed his last breath on November 5th, 2001.


    Darren was born on May 4th, 1966 in Australia.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Maroon U.S.
      White 90.19% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.62% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.94% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.08% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Maroon are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Maroon

    • How Popular is the name Maroon? As a last name Maroon was the 27,481st most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Maroon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Maroon is Tuesday, February 9th, 1886.
    • How unique is the name Maroon? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Maroon. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Maroon: Your name in reverse order is Nooram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rmonoa. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Maroon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 877 people with the last name Maroon.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Maroon? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Maroon as their last name since less than 1 person in 333k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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