Marian \m(a)-rian\ as a girl's name is pronounced mar-ee-AHN. It is of French origin. Blend of Mary (Latin) "star of the sea" and Ann (Hebrew) "grace"; variant of Mary; anglicized form of Marion. Common in the Middle Ages, and revived in the early Victorian era. Singer Marian Anderson; Robin Hood's love Maid Marian; track celebrity Marion Jones.