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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Mariana

The name Mariana is of Latin origin and means “star of the sea,” and “grace.” It is derived from Mars, the Roman god of war and the counterpart of the Greek Ares. The masculine equivalent of the name is Marianus, which is derived from Marius. The name has several variants across cultures and languages. Mariano is one such variation in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Maria is the diminutive and more popular form of Mariana. The name is associated with Virgin Mary and is often bestowed to baby girls in her honor. It is the French equivalent of the Greek name Mariamne, deriving from the Hebrew name Miriam or Mirjam. The name was later converted into Marianna in Greek.

Marian is another version of Maraina, which originated in the Middle Ages as a variation of Marion, a French diminutive of Marie. Following the Norman Conquest in the eleventh century, the Norman-French took Marion to England, where the name was changed to Marian. Marianna could have been developed later as a more elaborate version of Marian.

Mariana became popular in the late 19th century when combining different names to form a new, unique name became a trend. Several nicknames can go well with Mariana. They include Ana, Mara, Mia, and Marianita.

Though not popular, the name found mention in popular culture as well. Mariana is a fictional character in William Shakespeare’s play “Measure for Measure,” a classic five-act “dark” comedy. The play was believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604 and performed in 1604. It narrates the story of Mariana who was set to marry Angelo. The play has made Mariana popular among the masses and contributed to its growth significantly.


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Famous People With The Name Mariana

  • Mariana StarkeEnglish author best known for her travel guide to France and Italy, served as a popular companion for British travelers in the early 19th century
  • Mariana NicolescoRomanian operatic soprano and a regular performer at La Scala in Milan
  • Mariana Avitia Martínez Mexican recurve archer, first Mexican to win an Olympic medal in archery after winning bronze in the women’s individual event at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Marianna PinedaAmerican sculptor known for the eight-foot bronze statue of the Hawaiian Queen Lili’uokalani
  • Mariana Griswold Van RensselaerAmerican author focusing on architectural criticism

Mariana On The Popularity Chart

Mariana is a name that has grown in popularity in recent years. It is among the 250 most popular girl’s names in the US. Check out the graphs below for detailed information.

Popularity Over Time

Mariana’s popularity peaked in 2005, with 2062 babies per million being given this name. Have a look at the graph to know more.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The name Mariana ranked its lowest at 874 in the year 1982. As of 2021, the name is ranked at 250. Check out the graph to understand the name’s ranking trends.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Mariana

Maria rolls off the tongue quite nicely. If you liked the sound of Mariana, you would love these similar-sounding names as well.

Names With Similar Meaning As Mariana

Looking for more names associated with the sea? Here are some options that have meanings similar to Mariana.

Name Numerology For Mariana

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