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Quick Facts on Mariana

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 340
Simple meaning:
Star of the sea

Characteristics of Mariana

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Mariana

The name Marian was originally a spelling variant of Marion in the Middle Ages; Marion in turn was a French diminutive of Marie. The French brought Marion to England in the 11th century. In the 18th century, combined names came into fashion and Mary + Ann(a) helped spur on the popularity of names like Marianne and Marianna. Mariana is the Latinate and Spanish version of these names. It has been in use since medieval times. Shakespeare used this name in his play "Measure for Measure" which also inspired a poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Mariana is currently the 12th most popular girl’s name in Mexico (2010); the 7th most popular name in Brazil (2009); and the 5th most popular in Portugal (2008).

Popularity of the Name Mariana

Like many Spanish names in America, Mariana has grown slowly and quietly up the charts, along with the growing population of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. The name first appeared on the girl’s naming list in 1980 and reached its peak popularity around the turn of the 21st century. Certainly influencing the name’s usage are our friends south of the border in Mexico where the name is highly ranked for females. As is happening with many native Spanish names, the usage has been showing signs of slight decline in the past few years. Some studies suggest that second and third generation Latinos in the United States, having been more assimilated into American society, are turning to more typical English-speaking names over their own traditions. We hope this decline doesn’t persist because the Spanish bring their own beautiful version of names into the American psyche. Maria, Ximena, Valeria, Valentina, Camila, Sofia, Natalia, Alejandra, Alondra…just to name a few. Mariana is another soft and poetic sounding Spanish name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Mariana
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mariana

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Mariana

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mariana

    Mariana (A Poem) In 1830, Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote one of his finest poems, “Mariana”, based upon this character, as described in Measure for Measure: “Mariana in the moated grange.” This is a Mariana of tragedy, not comedy. This is a Mariana who is forever lovesick and in mourning for her lost love, Angelo – who is very much alive and well, thank you. Tennyson beautifully evokes the stage upon which she leads her “dreary life”, a landscape in which the poplar tree is the most distinctive feature – the poplar tree, which is the classical symbol of a lover who has broken a promise. Tennyson’s Mariana repeatedly wishes she were dead. In our opinion, that would have been a better fate than hitching up with the contemptible Angelo!

    Mariana (Measure for Measure) Mariana is a pivotal character in William Shakespeare’s 1604 play, Measure for Measure. She has been jilted by her one-time fiancée, Angelo, after her dowry was lost at sea when her brother’s ship sank, killing him. Five years later, she still lives alone in a moated farmhouse and bemoans her losses, but she has not renounced her love for Angelo. She proclaims: “They say, best men…become much more the better for being a little bad.” Uh oh, good girl falls for bad boy – timeless. In the usual Shakespearean fashion of changing identities, Mariana poses as the current object of Angelo’s desire (Isabella, a novice nun, no less!) and goes to bed with him. She obviously still has a thing for the guy, but we’re a little concerned about her level of self-respect. The trick is a ploy to save Isabella’s brother, Claudio, from death at the order of Angelo, and as such, it works. When Angelo’s hypocrisy is uncovered, and he is to be brought to trial for his own misdeeds, Mariana pleads for his life. The Duke of Venice acquiesces to her wish, orders them to be married, and says: Joy to you, Mariana! Love her, Angelo.” Well, let’s hope so – he owes her big time.

  • Popular Songs on Mariana

    Popular Songs on Mariana

    Mariana - a song by the Gibson Brothers

    Mariana - a song by Galinha Pintadinha

    Mariana - a song by Mariana Ramos

    Mariana Mambo - a song by Chayanne

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Mariana

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Mariana

    Mariana and the Merchild: A Folk Tale from Chile (Caroline Pitcher) - Old Mariana lives alone in her ramshackle hut on the beach. During the day, longing for companionship, she tries to befriend the village children who tease her behind her back. At night, she hides in her hut, afraid of the sea-wolves that come out to hunt when storms set in. One morning after a vicious storm, Mariana finds a large crab, which splits in two to reveal a Merbaby. Mariana wants to keep the child, and her wish is granted when the infant's mother, a Sea Spirit, asks the old woman to look after her "until the seas lie calm" and it is safe to take her home. As they watch Mariana and her charge laugh and play, the village children overcome their fears, and when the Merchild finally leaves, they comfort the grieving Mariana. At times the language sounds forced, making the rhythm choppy when read aloud. However, Morris's dramatic paintings, done in reds, blues, and greens, make the story come alive. The subtle details in the borders, the clothing designs, and the household interiors provide a sense of setting and time. The realistic portrayal of the people adds to the tale's magic. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Mariana

    Famous People Named Mariana

    Famous People Named Mariana - Mariana of Austria (Queen consort of Spain in the 17th century); Mariana Bracetti (Puerto Rican leader of 1860 independent movement); Mariana Díaz-Oliva (tennis player); Mariana Seoane (Mexican actress and singer); Mariana Trench (deepest part of the ocean); Mariana Duque (tennis player); Mariana Victoria of Spain (18th century Queen of Portugal); Mariana Nicolesco (opera singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Mariana

    Children of Famous People Named Mariana

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Mariana - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Mariana.

  • Historic Figures

    Mariana - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Mariana - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mariana.

Personality of the Girl Name Mariana

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Mariana

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