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Subject: Re: Name genders
Author: Anneza   (Authenticated as Anneza)
Date: April 26, 2010 at 3:18:56 AM
Reply to: Re: Name genders by Cleveland Kent Evans
That's interesting! I'd always thought that Marion = Little Mary (strictly fem) and Marian = Connected to Mary (in this case the virgin Mary: either gender).

In British English Marion would have a short a sound as in clap, and Marian when used of Roman Catholic Orders etc a long a sound as in mare; but though I've met one woman named Marian who pronounced it with the mare sound, I think I'm right in saying that the short a has taken over for both spellings of the given name. Not sure what happens in the States!

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