SEARCH FOR A PERSONAL NAME Whats in a name - a survey of first names

Use * for one or more unknown letters
Use ~ before name for Soundex search
Marian (F)>

Marian (female)

Synonym(s):Sarah (F)
Variants:Maria (F) Mariana (F) Marianne (F) Marion (F) Meran (F)
Derivative of:Ann (F) Mary (F)
Can be spelt:Marien (F) Merian (F)
Masculine form:Marian (M) Marion (M) Marius (M)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

1. English, originally a spelling variant of Marion in medieval times but more recently revived as a combination of Mary and Ann.

See Marion for more detailed notes, in particular the equivalence to Sarah.

There is a connection with the male name Marian which is more distantly derived from the Roman name Marius.

2. Marian is also one of a large number of Dutch and Flemish variants of Maria [q.v.], derived from the Hebrew name Miriam/Mariamne.