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Quick Facts on Marina

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 600
Simple meaning:
Of the sea

Characteristics of Marina

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Marina

Marina is an example of a multi-cultural name used among Italian, Spanish and Portuguese speakers, popular in France, Germany and Scandinavian countries as well as Slavic nations. It’s also an English word for a basin along the coast or on a shore of a body of water; a place where boats dock and/or are moored to buoys (i.e., a “promenade by the sea”). Marina is the feminine form of the Latin Marius which was an Old Roman given name meaning “of the sea” from the Latin “mare”. From a literary perspective Marina is the name of a Shakespeare character from his little-known play “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” (mostly because Shakespeare’s authorship is in dispute; although his probable collaboration is universally accepted by scholars). In the play, Marina is the beautiful daughter of the titular character Pericles and his trophy wife Thaisa. Marina is born on a ship during stormy seas and as the play states: “My gentle babe Marina - whom, / for she was born at sea, I have nam'd so –“ (Act III, sc. III). From a religious perspective, Saint Margaret of Antioch (the early 4th century famous virgin martyr) is known as Saint Marina in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Today the name Marina is most popular in Spain, Catalonia, Brazil, Croatia and Georgia (all places where water plays a central role in the nation’s livelihood). To a lesser extent, Marina is also used in Slovenia, Serbia, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France, Australia, Canada and the United States. Obviously this name has Cosmopolitan Cool Cachet.

Popularity of the Name Marina

Marina first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1919 but the name didn’t really take hold until the mid-1930s. Marina grew in popularity slowly and sporadically as the 20th century progressed reaching her heights of usage in the 1990s. Her best year ever on the charts was 1994 at position #218 out of 1000. As we’ve cross the threshold into the 21st century, Marina’s waters are calming as the name shows mostly backwards trajectory on the charts. Marina is a gorgeous name used throughout the Western World with lots of frequency. An international favorite and a cosmopolitan choice, the lovely Marina is falling out of style in the United States as she slips back to sea. All the better for parents who prefer underused and non-trendy names anyway. It’s also a creative choice for seafaring parents, those that love to sail, or people whose occupations revolve around the sea (fishermen, navy men, coast guards, etc). Your little Marina will keep you safe. Lastly, consider this “sea” girl for babies born under the three water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces). As another “vocabulary-word” sounding name, Marina actually has a lot more depth and interest than you may have known.
Popularity of the Girl Name Marina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Marina

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Marina

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Marina

    Marina (Pericles, Prince of Tyre) Marina is a character in William Shakespeare’s play, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, thought to be written around 1606/08, and believed to be a work of shared authorship. Marina is the beautiful and virtuous daughter of Pericles and his wife, Thaisa. She was born at sea during an awful storm; her mother, Thaisa, appears to have died in childbirth, and it is thought Marina the infant will not survive the journey back to Tyre. Pericles leaves her in Tarsus with the king and queen who raise her. This is where things really start to go south for Marina. Because she is more beautiful than the royal daughter, her guardian-mother plots to have Marina killed. That plot is thwarted by a group of pirates who kidnap her and sell her into prostitution. The chaste Marina, however, remains so, and persuades all her potential “customers” to leave her to her virtue. Eventually, Marina becomes a tutor for young children. Well, this kind of goodness might be its own reward, but luckily, there’s more. Pericles, who has been told she is dead, is in deep mourning. His friend, Lysimachus, the governor of Mytilene, believes that Marina would be able to cheer him up, and puts them together. This potentially explosive situation is all put to rest – Marina and Pericles are happily reunited, off they go to find Thaisa, who really wasn’t dead, and Marina gets to marry Lysimachus. We may have stretched the convention of coincidence just a wee bit, but, hey, this is Shakespeare.

  • Popular Songs on Marina

    Popular Songs on Marina

    Marina Del Ray - a song by George Strait

    She's bought a Hat like Princess Marina - a song by the Kinks

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Marina

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Marina

    Be Quiet, Marina! (Kirsten Debear) - Meet Marina. She is a four-year-old who likes to dance, play with dolls, go on the see-saw, and dress up. She also screams and shouts and makes a lot of noise. Meet Moira. She is also a four-year-old who likes to do the same things that Marina likes to do. But she likes quiet and when Marina makes a lot of noise, she is freightened. She runs away when Marina makes a lot of noise. At first, Marina, who has cerebral palsy, and Moira, who has down syndrome, could not play together because of their differences. But eventually the two girls become best friends. The story of the friendship that develops between Marina and Moira is written with accessible language and includes expressive pictures that will captivate all children. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Marina (Emilio Urberuaga) - Marina es una pequeña ballena que va siempre con su madre. Junto a ella aprende a disfrutar de todos los momentos del día: la hora de comer, el paseo hasta la isla, la siesta y el juego con el cangrejo, que es un amigo muy especial. 16 pages. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Marina and the Little Green Boy / Marina y el nino verde (Antonio Vicente) - Marina and the Little Green Boy is the first title in a picture book series about a little girl who befriends an alien boy who suddenly appears in her attic. Together they explore Marina's house and family life, as the little green boy makes one hilarious mistake after another in this new and different world. Life with the little green boy takes a little getting used to, but by the end of the book he has somehow found his way into the hearts of everyone he meets. Imaginative illustrations by Miguel Ordóñez bring this hilarious story of friendship to life. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Marina Silva: Defending Rainforest Communities In Brazil (Ziporah Hildebrandt) - Since her girlhood as a poor rubber-tapper’s daughter in Amazonia, Marina Silva has understood that bulldozing the rainforest for development hurts not only the indigenous peoples living there, but destroys natural resources needed by Brazil and the whole world. Overcoming extreme prejudice, Marina attended university. She joined the reform party of Chico Mendes and demonstrated against deforestation. Elected to Brazil’s Senate, the "miracle of Acre" successfully legislated rainforest preservation, defending her people against poverty and protecting their way of life. Marina’s work has generated worldwide recognition, including the Goldman Environmental Prize. This first-ever biography of the courageous leader introduces children to another inspiring woman role model. Recommended for ages 7-13.

  • Famous People Named Marina

    Famous People Named Marina

    Famous People Named Marina - Marina Erakovic (New Zealand tennis player); Marina Lambrini Diamandis (Welsh singer/songwriter of Marina & The Diamonds); Marina Tsvetaeva (Russian poet); Marina Sirtis (actress); Marina Abramović (Serbian artist); Marina Inoue (Japanese singer/actress); Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (British and Greek royalty)

  • Children of Famous People Named Marina

    Children of Famous People Named Marina

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Marina - Matt LeBlanc (actor); Charles Bukowski (American writer); Benjamin C. Bradlee (businessman, editor of the Washington Post)

  • Historic Figures

    Marina - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Marina

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Marina

  • No Variations Found.
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