|Meaning:||nickname, star of the sea, sea bright, bitter|
|Related Names:||Margaret, Marian, Marie, Marien, Mary, Maryon, Maryonn|
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ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The name Marion derives as an Old French variation of Marie or Mary meaning “star of the sea.” Marion originated during the Middle Ages. However, the name later became a given name in its own right. Marion in Gaelic is Muireall meaning “sea bright.” The name has also been utilized as a pet version of Margaret. As a male name, Marion is a variation of Marian, which stems from the Latin Marianus.
According to the 1990 United States Census , Marion ranked as the 178th most popular female first name, the 290th most popular male first name and the 1,873rd most popular last name.
According to the Social Security Administration , in the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular girls' names from 1880 through 1986, as well as 1988, and in the Top 1,000 most popular boys' names from 1880 through 1992 and then again in 1997. In 2003, Marion ranked as the 1,003rd most popular boy’s name.
- “Marion” is a given first name of babies of celebrities Charles Grodin, Grover Cleveland, Marion Barry and Thomas Edison and a given middle name of babies of celebrities Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne. 
- “Marion” is a name bestowed upon locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, USA.
- “Maid Marian” is the lover of Robin Hood who appears in numerous films and television shows including the 2006 UK television show “Robin Hood.” The legend of Maid Marian dates back to at least the 6th century. 
- Marion Lois Jones (aka Marion Jones-Thompson) – American runner who won five medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, but was forced to return them after she was found to have used performance enhancing drugs. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency demanded her to forfeit all medals won after September 1st, 2000. However, she also won two gold medals at the 1997 Athens World Championships and a gold and bronze medal at the 1999 Seville World Championships. 
- Marion Barber III – Professional National Football League (NFL) player (running back) for the Dallas Cowboys who was elected to a Pro Bowl in 2007. His father, Marion Barber Jr., was also a professional football player. 
- Marion Shepilov Barry Jr. – American politician who was the second Mayor of Washington, D.C., USA, from 1979 to 1991, was arrested for cocaine use and possession and was re-elected as the District of Columbia’s fourth Mayor in 1995, serving until 1999. 
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Author: Rich Kachold
|Meaning||nickname, star of the sea, sea bright, bitter +|
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|Related||Margaret +, Marian +, Marie +, Marien +, Mary +, Maryon +, and Maryonn +|