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Quick Facts on Marianna

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 901
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Marianna

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Marianna

We can approach the name Marianna from a couple different perspectives. Way back in the Middle Ages the female name Marian developed as a variant of Marion which was a French diminutive of Marie (English: Mary). The Norman-French brought Marion to England after the Norman Conquest in the 11th century where it was adopted as Marian (as evidenced by Maid Marian in the Tales of Robin Hood). Marianna could have been created later as an embellished form of Marian. Secondly, Marianna came into vogue in the late 19th century due to a fashionable trend which was emerging at the time whereby separate female names were combined to create one new name: Rosemary, Marianne, Ruthann, etc. In this case, Marianna is simply Mary + Anna. Lastly, Marianna is the English form of the Spanish Mariana which may have developed as the female form of an Old Roman family name Marianus – itself coming from either Mars (the Roman god of war) or the Latin word “mas” for “male” or “maris” meaning “sea”. Marianna is commonly used in Poland where it’s pronounced “mahr-YAHN-nah”.

Popularity of the Name Marianna

Marianna dates back to the late 1800s in America. The name entered the 20th century at the bottom of the Top 1000 list so it was still considered pretty rare. The 1930s were probably the best years for Marianna and still only then she was used with the slightest of moderation. The name would disappear from the charts completely for 40 consecutive years – from the mid 1950s until her reappearance on the Top 1000 list in 1995. Again, the name climbed to higher levels of usage but still floundered and couldn’t find its way up the charts. Today, Marianna is retreating back to the very bottom of the Top 1000 list despite a renewed interest in these Latinate, flowery four-syllable female names (Arianna, Adrianna, Julianna). Marianna for some reason just isn’t making the cut. The Spanish form of Mariana (with one “n”) is much more popular than the English form.
Popularity of the Girl Name Marianna
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Marianna

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Marianna

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Marianna

    Maid Marian (Adventures of Robin Hood) Maid Marian is the traditional companion of the legendary Robin Hood of medieval lore. Marian has been a highly popular fictional character, having been depicted in various guises down through the years. Some depictions have Marian cast as a demure young maiden, patiently pining after Robin Hood, but eschewing his wayward ways. Others have her as a bold and fully vested member of the Merry “Men”, wielding a bow and arrow with the best of them. She can match Robin Hood parry for thrust, and she is his equal partner in love and war. This Marian has no problems with robbing from the rich (we’re just not sure if she gives it to the poor). You can imagine to which Marian we throw our support!

    Marianne Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility) Marianne Dashwood is one of the Dashwood sisters in Jane Austen’s 1811 novel, Sense and Sensibility. She, her sisters and her mother have been turned out of their home by the despicable half-brother, John Dashwood. What is a quartet of needy ladies to do! Why, they find a guardian, of course, preferably one who can set them up in a conveniently located little “cottage” as they go about their duties, the main of which is finding husbands. Marianne is a fetching young girl of high “sensibility”; she is passionately inclined toward romanticism and holds back no feelings or opinions. When she falls for the dashing but dissolute Willoughby, we just know she’s going down for the count. Under Miss Austen’s gently satiric pen, Marianne exhibits all the well-rehearsed histrionics of girls of her time thwarted in love – she swoons, she cries, she falls ill and, in general, makes everyone around her miserable. Conveniently and luckily for Marianne, there is another gentleman in her life, the worthy Colonel Brandon, ready to step in and save the day. It is he whom she eventually marries, having made the transition from sensibility to sense, and having “learned to love” him. We hope she retains a little of the old passion for the new husband, however.

  • Popular Songs on Marianna

    Popular Songs on Marianna

    Marianna - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Marianna.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Marianna

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Marianna

    Marianna May and Nursey (Tomie dePaola) - A little rich girl is miserable because she isn't allowed to do anything but sit still and keep her white dresses clean, until Mr. Talbot the iceman has a clever idea. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Marianna

    Famous People Named Marianna

    Famous People Named Marianna - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Marianna.

  • Children of Famous People Named Marianna

    Children of Famous People Named Marianna

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

  • Historic Figures

    Marianna - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Marianna

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Marianna

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