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Marina is the feminine form of Marinus, an Ancient Roman name meaning “of the sea” or “belonging to the sea”, derived from a PIE root word *móri- (sea, ocean; body of water), though Marinus could also be derived from Marius which could be derived from Latin mas meaning “male” or Latin mare meaning “sea”. It could also be derived from Mars, the name of the Roman god of war. Marina is also the Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian word for “marine”, “coat”, or “seaside”, as well as being a surname derived from the given name, or a locational name for someone who lived near the seaside or a town called Marina. Marina was used in Shakespeare’s play Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Marina is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as:

  • ma 真 “true; reality” + ri 里 “village” + na 奈 “Nara; what?; apple tree” (真里奈);
  • ma 麻 “hemp; flax” + ri 里 “village” + na 奈 “Nara; what?; apple tree” (麻里奈);
  • ma 満 full; fullness; enough; satisfy” + ri 里 “village” + na 奈 “Nara; what?; apple tree” (満里奈);

There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s まりな.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Japanese



  • Maren (Danish, Norwegian)
  • Marijn (Dutch)
  • Marine (French, Georgian)
  • Marna (Danish)
  • Marinella (Italian diminutive of Marina)
  • Marinette (French diminutive of Marine)


Male forms:

  • Marinus (Ancient Roman, Dutch)
  • Marino (Ialian, Spanish)
  • Marin (Bulgarian, Croatian, French, Macedonian, Romanian, Serbian)
  • Marijn (Dutch)


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