Marianna Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Marianna:
A name that originated as an extended spelling of Marian, a variant of Marion which is a French diminutive form of Marie, a cognate of Mary. It is now used as a hybrid, combining the names Mary and Anne. Var: Mariann, Marianne, Mary Ann, Mary Anna, Mary Anne.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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My name is Marianna. I was named after my Italian Grandmother. The Italian pronunciation is very different from the English possibilities. I grew up with all of my family members using the Italian (or Spanish) pronunciation. Sounds like Muddy-ah-na. I hated being called "Mary Anna" or "Maryanne." Since many Americans cannot pronounce my name with an Italian pronunciation, I now introduce myself as "Mah-ree-ah-na." Its the only English pronunciation I like. I have been called everything in the book: Mary, Marina, Maria, Marion, Mary-Annie, Marietta, and Matilda. It is mispelled 90% of the time. It can be a frustrating name to have at times because of the frequent mispronounciations and misspellings, but I love my unique (in the U.S at least) name. I like that you can choose the pronunciation that suits you most. There isn't just one way, and each pronunciation has its own personality.
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This is my name, named after my mother. It is pronounced Mary-Ann-ah. Growing up, I went by Mari (pronounced Mary) and hated that it was always misspelled, mispronounced, or too similar to Mary which was all too common. I also hated all of the sing songs that were sang to me. I later started going strictly by Marianna which I much prefer as it is unique and I think is quite pretty and receive many compliments on. Some people pronounce it Mary-on-ah which is also pretty so I don't mind or bother to correct them. Most people don't pay enough attention and I am often called MaryAnn and Maria (I have a huge peeve about spelling names incorrectly so this always irks me).
- Nicknames for Marianna
Mary, Marie, Maria, MaryAnn, Virgin Mary
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