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Quick Facts on Marie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 573
ma-REE (French) or MAH-ree (English)
Simple meaning:
Beloved (see more meanings below)

Characteristics of Marie

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Marie

Marie is the French, German, Scandinavian and Czechoslovakian form of the Latin Maria. Mary is considered the English version of the same name, all of which originated from the Hebrew Miriam (Miryam). It is widely held that Miryam was borrowed from the Egyptian element “myr” meaning “beloved”. There are several other unproven theories as to the name’s etymology, including “bitter” and “rebellious” (which fits nicely with Miriam’s story in the Bible) and “wished for child” (which essentially means the same thing as “beloved” anyway). Another commonly accepted meaning for the “Maria/Mary” names comes from the Latin “stella maris” meaning “star of the sea”. It provided the imagery of the Virgin Mother as a guiding star to Christians/Gentiles. In any case, all of these Mary names ultimately hail from the ancient Miriam who was borne from the Bible, specifically the book of Exodus in the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, as the older sister of Moses and Aaron. (For more information on Miriam’s biblical story, please see that name). In Latin and Greek, the old Hebrew name became Maria and the English obviously use Mary. Mary (Maria/Marie) is most familiar to Westerners thanks to the New Testament which features a few women named Mary – but most importantly the Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene one of Christ’s favored disciples. Because of Mary’s importance among Christians, the name was considered too holy for use until later in the Middle Ages. Now we can say with confidence that the Mary family of names (in all of her various linguistic formations) is the most successful in the history of womankind. Some example of the names which grew from the seed of “beloved” Miriam? Maria, Mary, Marie, Marianne, Marion, Maia, Mara, Mia, Maike, Maja, Malia, Maura, Maureen, Molly, Marilyn, etc. And that’s just a partial list! Marie is used among English speakers (along with Mary and Maria), but it is widely considered the French, German and Scandinavian form of Mary. Marie is a very high ranking name in Belgium, Austria, Germany, Norway, Denmark and France. It is now much less common in the United States than it once was.

Popularity of the Name Marie

Right now in the United States, Americans prefer the Spanish Maria, the largely African-American Mariah, the English Mary, the Hawaiian Malia and the Hebrew Miriam to the French/German Marie. And its popularity pretty much follows in that order. But there was a time in history when the pretty two-syllable Marie ruled the charts. Well maybe not as much as Mary, but in the late 19th century up through the first half of the 20th century, Marie was running strong. The name’s peak popularity was right at the turn of the 20th century when Marie was a Top 10 favorite in the country. In fact, she was the 7th most common choice for baby girls for three years between 1901 and 1904. Marie stayed on the Top 100 list up through 1958. In the past 50+ years, however, Marie has had to step aside for more modern or casual forms of the Mary names (for instance Mia, Molly, Mariah and Malia). Even the old perennial favorite Mary is taking a back seat to the more fanciful three-syllable Latin/Spanish Maria. Marie’s drops on the popularity charts have become more pronounced in the past 20 years making this old favorite considerably underused today (except as a common middle name). It’s also a great compound name such as in the case of Marie-Claire or Marie-Louise. We love the name Marie. It’s just so French and elegant in its simplicity. It automatically makes us think of Marie Antoinette, the intelligent, feisty, glamorous, courageous, yet ill-fated 18th century Queen of France. Or Marie Curie, a pioneering scientist and winner of two Nobel Prizes (in physics and chemistry). Marie is a classic name now forgotten or overlooked by most Americans. That’s good news for parents still attracted to this French beauty.
Popularity of the Girl Name Marie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Marie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Marie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Marie

    Marie Cardona (The Stranger) Marie Cardona is a character in Albert Camus’ 1942 novel, The Stranger. She is Meursault’s mistress, if such an intimate term may be used to describe anyone or anything in Meursault’s affectless life. Marie herself is full of life, young, simple and good-hearted. She works as a typist, she loves comedies and swimming, she is physically sensual and a happy sexual partner to Meursault, engaging in frequent PDAs with him. She unabashedly loves him, and she seems to be clear on his detachment; she still wants to marry him, even though he has told her he probably does not love her. Our Marie could probably muster up enough love for the both of them. Naturally, a full-bodied, fully engaged woman such as Marie would pick a partner like Meursault! When he kills the nameless Arab and goes to prison, the nicest thing we can say about him is that his sexual union with Marie is the only thing he misses. We’re rather relieved on her behalf that he is sentenced to be executed.

    Marie St. Clare (Uncle Tom’s Cabin) Marie St. Clare is the mother of the saintly Little Eva in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 anti-slavery classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, but that is her only association with virtue – of her own character it can only be said that she is quite the opposite of virtuous. Indeed, she is a first-rate villainess. She is seemingly void of human feelings, neglectful of her husband and daughter, and downright cruel to the slaves. She is a foolish and self-centered hypochondriac, who hardly even notices when her little daughter contracts a fatal illness. She ignores her husband’s dying wish and proceeds to sell the slaves at auction. It’s hard to find any redeeming quality in this Marie, but she does provide some much needed vinegar amidst all that sugar. And - what a wonderful name – Marie St. Clare – just beautiful!

    Miss Marie (The Bluest Eye) Miss Marie is one of the three prostitutes who live in the apartment over the Breedloves in Toni Morrison’s first novel, 1972’s The Bluest Eye. Also known as the Maginot Line due to her extreme size, Miss Marie is an affectionate and open friend to young Pecola. She loves life, loves to laugh, loves to talk, loves to eat, loves to joke, loves to get the better of men and loves to set society’s rules upside down. And we can be sure that she knows that miraculously having blue eyes wouldn’t solve any problems for Pecola, a lesson the young girl will learn for herself. However hard the outcome, it is the Miss Maries of the world who ease the journey there.

  • Popular Songs on Marie

    Popular Songs on Marie

    Absolutely Sweet Marie - a song by Bob Dylan

    Ask Marie - a song by Sonny James

    Little Marie - a song by Chuck Berry

    Marie - a song by Bruce Springsteen

    Marie - a song by Frank Sinatra

    Marie - a song by Randy Newman

    Marie - a song by Tommy Dorsey

    Marie - a song by Johnny Hallyday

    Marie Christine - a song by Gordon Lightfoot

    Marie Leveau - a song by Bobby Bare

    Marie Marie - a song by The Blasters

    Oh Marie - a song by Perry Como

    Oh Marie - a song by Sheryl Crow

    Sugar Marie - a song by John Mellencamp

    Sweet Marie - a song by Hank Snow

    Sweet Marie - a song by Thin Lizzy

    The Day I Met Marie - a song by Cliff Richard

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Marie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Marie

    Disney's Marie (Kitty Richards) - Marie, the adorable white kitten from The Aristocats, travels the globe in a fabulous series of books. Precociously funny, Marie takes readers on sight-seeing adventures around the world, offering her petite French perspective on everything she finds. In Marie’s first picture book, the spunky feline gives the reader an insider tour of her own city. Plus, there’s a purr-fect fold of the Eiffel Tower. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Marie (Jean-Philippe Rieu) - On the edge of the forest, upon a soft poppy, lives Marie, a sweet, curious fairy who longs for a best friend and some adventure. When Marie and Sissy Bee go to the meadow to investigate a mysterious red object, the two of them learn an important lesson about the true meaning of friendship. The colorful, whimsical illustrations bring Marie the fairy and all her friends to life in this heartwarming tale. With the book comes a wonderful DVD with animations and music by Jean-Philippe Rieu—brother of the famous composer André Rieu—and his orchestra. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Marie (Laura E. Richards) - 1894. Prolific writer of children's books, Richards is credited with pioneering American writing of nonsense verses for children, but she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for a biography of her mother, Julia Ward Howe, the social reformer who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The book begins: Marie was tired. She had been walking nearly the whole day, and now the sun was low in the west, and long level rays of yellow light were spreading over the country, striking the windows of a farmhouse here and there into sudden flame, or resting more softly on treetops and hanging slopes. They were like fiddle-bows, Marie thought; and at the thought she held closer something that she carried in her arms, and murmured over it a little, as a mother coos over her baby. It seemed a long time since she had run away from the troupe: she would forget all about them soon, she thought, and their ugly faces. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Marie Antoinette "Madame Deficit" (Liz Hockinson) - This series of historical accounts profiles strong women who took extraordinary measures to achieve and maintain power—including murder, deception, and black magic—examining the women’s reputations in the context of their eras. Just how wicked were they? The books allow readers to decide for themselves if these infamous ladies were indeed heartless and evil or simply out of touch and making the most of their circumstances. Before falling victim to the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette—the young, pretty queen who is credited for proclaiming, “Let them eat cake”—lived a life of excess in the French court while her people starved. While most accounts of Marie Antoinette discuss her lavish behavior, this book looks at her roles as a mother, a wife, and a trendsetter. Lively illustrations and an appealing story bring to life the woman whose extravagance incited a revolution. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium (Ann Steinke) - This series introduces young, inquisitive readers to four of the world's greatest science thinkers and the challenges that faced them. Their achievements, which came through personal dedication and sacrifice, have made profound changes in the world. A truly inspiring gift. Here is the story of the brilliant woman of science who unveiled the mysteries of the element radium. Her discovery pioneered exciting research in the field of radioactivity. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Marie Curie: Scientist Who Made Glowing Discoveries (Mike Venezia) - These books are without a doubt the definitive and most entertaining biographies of scientists for young readers. Author and artist Mike Venezia provides hilarious, cartoon-style illustrations to complement his easy-to-read text and full-color reproductions of the scientists' sketches and notebooks. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Meet Marie-Grace (Sarah M. Buckey) - From the American Girls Series. Marie-Grace Gardner has just arrived in New Orleans, and she hopes she never has to move again. The lively city is full of music and masquerade balls! When she meets Mademoiselle Oceane, a talented opera singer, Marie-Grace longs to take lessons. She loves to sing, and she would like to get to know Cecile Rey, the confident girl who is Mademoiselle's student. But Marie-Grace is shy, and starting school reminds her how hard it is to make friends and fit in. Can an unexpected adventure help her feel as if she belongs? Includes an illustrated essay about the history of New Orleans. The story continues in the second book in the series: Meet Cecile. More books in the Marie-Grace series. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Moi and Marie Antoinette (Lynn Cullen) - Marie Antoinette was one of the most celebrated queens in history…but she was once a little girl, too. As told by her vain but devoted dog, Sebastian, here is the story of the young princess's life--from her childhood in Austria, to the elaborate preparations leading to her marriage to Louis XVI; from her unhappy rise to power in turbulent times, to the birth of her own children. Lynn Cullen's spirited text sheds light on a side of Marie Antoinette few have seen--that of a vulnerable young girl thrust into a role much bigger than she could have imagined. Stunning illustrations by Amy Young capture the grandeur of life in 18th century Versailles and the touching intimacy of a child's lasting love for her pet. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    The Secret Diary of a Princess: a novel of Marie Antoinette (Melanie Clegg) - Kindle edition. The dramatic and often tragic years of Marie Antoinette’s early life, told in her own words. This book follows her privileged childhood and adolescence in the beautiful palaces of Vienna as the youngest and least important of the daughters of the all powerful Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and invites the reader to share the long journey, both emotional and physical that ended with her marriage to the Dauphin Louis of France at Versailles. This is the unforgettable story of a charming, fun loving and frivolous young girl, destined for greatness, coming to age in one of the most magnificent and opulent courts that the world has ever seen. “As soon as the introductions were over, the King took my hand and led me to the Dauphin, who I had barely noticed since entering the room. He seemed to be trying his best to hide from view and looked uncomfortable and ill at ease in his suit of white satin, sewn all over with diamonds and gold embroidery and I noticed with irritation that he was scratching at his neck underneath the fine white linen of his shirt collar, leaving red scratch marks beneath his powdered wig. ‘Are you ready?’ the King asked as he gave my hand to the Dauphin. ‘All of Versailles awaits you.’ I nodded, feeling the Dauphin’s hand grow hot and clammy against my own. ‘I am ready.’ Recommended for ages young adult.

  • Famous People Named Marie

    Famous People Named Marie

    Famous People Named Marie - Marie Antoinette (Queen of France); Marie Curie (physicist/chemist); Marie Osmond (singer/TV personality); Marie (the name of several European royalties)

  • Children of Famous People Named Marie

    Children of Famous People Named Marie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Marie - Royalty (several European royals have named their daughter Marie)

Personality of the Girl Name Marie

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Marie

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