|Author:||Chrisell (Authenticated as chrisell)|
|Date:||February 2, 2004 at 5:14:49 AM|
|Reply to:||Marilla by Haven|
My baby names book (which is semi-reliable!) lists Marilla as an English elaboration of Mary. Seems about right to me.
http://www.justbabynames.com/ reckons it's a variation of Muriel, Celtic, meaning "Shining Sea". A few different sites share this definition.
http://www.20000-names.com/ thinks it's a flower name - they don't say it but maybe from Amaryllis?
I'm betting on the Mary origin. :-)
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