Marius comes from a Roman family name which can either be used as a masculine form of Maria (the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”) or it could be derived from Latin mare meaning “sea”, maria being its plural form.
Marius could also be derived from the name of the Roman god of war, Mars, a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible that Mars is related to a much older source, perhaps from Etruscan Maris (the god of fertility and agriculture), his name of unknown meaning. Mars could also be a contracted form of an older name, Mavors, a cognate of Oscan Mamers, which could possibly be related to Latin mah or margh (to cut) and vor (to turn) essentially meaning “turner of the battle”. Mars could also be derived from the same Proto-Indian-European root as Sanskrit marici meaning “ray of light”, or Proto-Indian-European mer meaning “to die”. It could also be associated with Latin marceo meaning “to (cause to) wither” and “to (make) shrivel” and Latin marcus meaning “hammer”, which would make sense since Mars is the god of war.
Marius is also s surname originating from the given name.
Origin: Hebrew, Egyptian, Proto-Indo-European, possibly Etruscan
- Marijus (Lithuanian)
- Mariusz (Polish)
- Mario (Italian, Spanish, German, Croatian)
- Marijo (Croatian)
- Marios (Greek)
- Mário (Portuguese)
- Marinho (Portuguese diminutive of Mário)
- Màriu (Sardinian)
- Maria (Latin, Ancient Roman)