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What does the name Marie mean?

The different meanings of the name Marie are:
  • Hebrew meaning: Bitter
  • French meaning: French form of Mary or Maria
The meaning of the name “Marie” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: Controversy surrounds the origins of the name Marie, although it’s most commonly thought to be the French or Czech version of Mary. The name has been used in France as a unisex name for centuries, but the number of women using the name is much higher than the number of men. Marie can hold many meanings such as “beloved”, “bitter”, “disappointment” and “star of the sea”. The other possible origin of the name is that it was derived from the German name Maria, which is also taken from the name Mary. It’s unclear which name came first, but the original name was Mary in both cases.

Marie is most often seen as a first name in Europe in countries such as France, Belgium, and Austria. Many English speaking countries use this name as a middle name rather than a first name. In these countries it’s more common to see people use variations of Marie, such as Mary, Maria, or Marilyn. It’s most often misspelled as Maree, Mari, or Maire. Many people also tend to pronounce it the name way as “Mary”, though this is not correct. The name Marie is often found in compound names such as Anne-Marie, or Marie-Louise.

The popularity of the name Marie was not high in any English speaking countries around the world in 2014. Its popularity peaked in these countries around the 1890s-early 1900s. In the US the name Marie was in the top 100 baby names from 1880 until 1957, with its peak as 7th most popular in 1904. Similarly in the UK it was the 141st most popular baby name in 1860 before it fell from popularity. In 2014 the name was 579th most popular in the US, but in Belgium it was listed as the 6th most popular baby girl name and in Austria it was the 7th most popular baby girl name.

Notable famous people who share the name Marie include Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist who won a Nobel prize twice - for physics in 1903 for her work on radiation, and for chemistry in 1911 for discovering polonium and radium; Marie Antoinette, ex Queen of France who was executed during the French revolution; Marie Osmond, an American singer; and Princess Marie of Denmark.