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Origin of the name MARION.
Etymology of the name MARION.
Meaning of the baby name MARION.


MARION.   A variant form of Marian (q.v.), from biblical Mariamne (q.v.), meaning "bitter." (The Robin Hood Garlands and Ballads, Gutch, v.1, 1850).  Usage: America, England, France, Scotland.

Probably the addition of the German diminutive chen, in French on, formed the name of 

A bonny fine maid of noble degree,
     Maid Marion called by name.

Very soon had her fame travelled abroad, for in 1332 the play of Robin et Marion was performed by the students of Angers, one of them appearing as a fillette déguisée.  Marion became a common name in France, and contracted into Manon, and expanded into Marionette, as in a poem of the 13th century where Marion is thus addressed; and in Scotland, where "Maid Marion, fair as ivory bone," likewise figured in rustic pageantry, she took a stronger hold than anywhere else, is in common life yclept Menie, and has escaped her usual fate of confusion with Marianne. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)


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