PRONOUNCED: mah-ree-AH-nə (German) [key]
Meaning & History
Originally a French diminutive
. It is also considered a combination of MARIE
and ANNE (1)
. Shortly after the formation of the French Republic in 1792, a female figure by this name was adopted as the symbol of the state.
OTHER LANGUAGES: Maia (Basque), Maja, Mare, Marica, Maša, Mojca (Croatian), Madlenka, Maja, Marika, Máša (Czech), Maarika, Marika (Estonian), Maike, Mareike (Frisian), Marika (Greek), Mari, Marica, Marika, Mariska (Hungarian), Mæja (Icelandic), Mairenn, Máirín, Maureen, Mallaidh, Maurine (Irish), Mariella, Marietta, Mimi (Italian), Malle, Molle (Medieval English), Maja, Marika, Maryla, Marzena (Polish), Mariazinha (Portuguese), Manya, Masha, Maryana (Russian), Maja (Serbian), Maja, Marika (Slovak), Maja, Marica, Maša, Mojca (Slovene), Marita (Spanish), Maritza (Spanish (Latin American)), Mairwen (Welsh), Mirele (Yiddish)