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Maren is also a commonly used name in Norway.
-- Lunalumiere  1/11/2005
In Norway, it is pronounced as MAH-ren.
-- Ylva  4/26/2006
Maren is a beautiful name for a girl. The one girl I know with this name prounounces it mare-in. I like the spelling Maryn.
-- Anonymous User  6/12/2006
In Nordic mithology, also in Latin, there were "marens", night creatures, who bothered people when they slept. Today, we have "nightmares", as reminescents.
-- gate  6/22/2006
How about that? My name cracked the top 1000 in each of the last two years. However, I still have yet to actually meet another Maren.
p.s. I LOVE my name.
-- Anonymous User  10/24/2006
My mother is of primarily Norwegian descent. She pronounces it as Mah-hren. She has an umlaut over the a: Mären. As for my opinion, the pronunciation of Mair-in is ugly and incorrect.
-- seaweed  11/9/2006
That makes me sad. D: This is how you pronounce my name. I know there are other people out there with my name but I've yet to meet a single one! All throughout school I've just been able to write my first name, since there's no other Maren in my schools.
-- neramarola  2/12/2010
I know a girl with this name, hers is spelled Marin and pronounced Mahr-in.
-- Annabeau  2/14/2007
My husband's great, great grandmother came to Nebraska from Denmark. Years ago, before we even had our daughter, we saw her headstone while visiting an old cemetary during a family reunion, and we thought the name was pretty. Our daughter is now 13, and her name is Maren Kirstine Rasmussen. We pronounce it Mare-in, however we have been told in Denmark is it Mah-ren. We thought it would be interesting to give a child a name with history, however she has been called everything from Maryann to Marian!
-- allisonr  3/11/2007
Maren Kirstine Kierkegaard was one of Soren Kierkegaard's sisters.
-- lcgirl20  11/15/2007
It is probably said the same way as Sharon or Karen.
-- Anonymous User  12/9/2008
I love the name `Maren´. It sounds so cute!
-- SkullRose  4/4/2009
I like it pronounced ma-rehn and I hate it when it's spelled Marin because Marin is a Croatian and Romanian male name.
-- enchy  7/17/2009
In Denmark it's pronounced Mahr-un (mahr with the same kind of a sound as in car). It's considered quite the oldfashioned unelegant hill billy name and is strongly associated with dimwitted milkmaids. I don't know why, but being Danish I can't seem to get past that image myself. No offence to people with this name.

I think the name Maren is dying out here.
-- Anonymous User  7/7/2010
The name Maren was given to 226 baby girls in the US in 2012. I think it would be beautiful pronounced mah-REN, but I'm not sure if that's how you say it.
-- Oohvintage  7/16/2013
If you're at all familiar with Latin-based languages, the pronunciation is MAH-ren. It is absolutely NOT like Karen or Sharon. It means star of the sea and is a derivative of Mary. In Italian, "mare" is sea; it's pronounced maah-rea.
Maren is a Scandanavian and Scottish variation of Mary, but that doesn't mean we get to bastardize the pronunciation. Sorry for the rant: I'm Italian and my daughter's name is Maren. I live in Texas, and she - at 3 - corrects people when they mispronounce her name.
-- ajcolangelo  5/28/2014
My name, strangely enough, is also Maren. I also have been called many different names over the years, the most common being Marilyn, Maria, Marie or Marian. I correct people by saying that my name is Maren like Karen but with an M. My name was originally my great grandmother's who was Danish and and I love the fact that it is very different from the all too common names out there. I would not want to change it.
-- Tiggerknowsbest  6/1/2015
I love the name Maren.. Rhyming with Karen. Beautiful!
-- Anonymous User  7/30/2015
Rhymes with Karen.
-- Anonymous User  7/30/2015
I was named after my great, great grandmother from Tonder Denmark. I am Marentina.

Mahr-en is the pronunciation. [noted -ed]
-- purecosmo85  9/2/2015
My cousin named her oldest daughter this and I had never heard of it before. It's a lovely name for a lovely girl.
-- Anonymous User  12/6/2015
Pretty name.
-- Anonymous User  3/15/2016
My daughter's name is Maren & I have always pronounced it Ma-REN. She says I should have spelled it Marin, because that is the normal spelling of how it is pronounced. I say "Who wants to be normal?" I love the name!
-- Newdeal2012  7/4/2016
I like it spelled Meryn. Rhymes with Teryn.
-- Anonymous User  8/24/2016
My great aunt came to this country, from Norway, at age 10 along with her mother and father and ten siblings. My grandmother, one of the sibs, was a baby. The aunt's name was Maren, pronounced similarly to Karen. Admission officials at Ellis Island did as what happened to so many people back then, not familiar with the name, made it Marion. She was Marion for the rest of her long life.
-- Owlmom  1/20/2017

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