Marie is a Czech and French form of the biblical name Maria (see Mary).
What does the name Marie mean?
Marie means “sea of bitterness”, “drop of the sea”, “star of the sea”, “rebelliousness”, “exalted one” or “wished for child” (from Maria).
Other variants and nicknames
There are other variants of Marie in different languages. In English there is Marilyn, Mary and Mariah. In French there is Marion, in Italian Mariella, Marietta, Marina, Marisa and Milva. In Denmark and Norway, Maren is used and in Finland, Mirja. An Irish form of Marie is Máire and a Polish form is Maryla. In Russian there is Mascha and in Slavic Marija. Male versions of Marie are Marian, Mario and Marius. Popular nicknames are Ria, Ree, Mimi, May, Mae, Mare or Mamie.
Marie as a middle name
Marie is a popular middle name in English speaking countries. Most common combinations are Ann-Marie, Selena Marie, Eva Marie, Isabella Marie or Elena Marie. In the US, it is common to use a loved one’s first name as a middle name. During the 1950s and 60s, Marie was a very common first name. Therefore, many girls carry Marie as a middle name in the US today.
Famous people named Marie
The former French Queen Marie Antoinette (1755 - 1793) was beheaded during the French Revolution in 1793. Her daughter Marie Sophie Hélène Beatrice de Bourbon (1778 - 1851) was supposedly the only surviving member of the royal family.
The physicist and chemist Marie Curie is most known for her groundbreaking research of radioactive materials. She discovered radioactivity as well as the elements radium and polonium.
Marie Fredriksson (1958 - 2019) was part of the Swedish Duo Roxette. After long sickness she passed away in 2019. Her band was known for songs such as “It Must Have Been Love” or “Listen To Your Heart”.
The American Country Singer Marie Osmond (born 1959), dropped her first name Olive and performs solely under her middle name.
Marie Lu (born 1984) is an American science-fiction author. She has published over 45 books.
The English children’s book author Marie-Louise Jensen** (born 1964) has published six children’s books.
Marie in movies and television
The true crime story “Unbelievable” on Netflix portrays the story of 18-year-old Marie Adler. No one believes that Marie was a victim of a crime until more women are attacked as well. The last name of Marie was changed on the TV-Show, her real last name is unknown.
Marie is the white little Kitten in Disney’s 1970 animation film “Aristocats”.
The heroine of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” is called Marie Stahlbaum.
On the TV-Show “Breaking Bad”, Marie Schrader, played by Betsy Brandt (born 1973), is the sister-in-law of main character Walter White.
Marie Calvet, played by Julia Ormond (born 1965), is a recurring character on the TV-Show “Mad Men”.
In the long running sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Marie Barone, played by Doris Roberts (1925 - 2016), is the mother of main character Ray Barone.