A lovely and “summery” Greek name is the female name Marina. Common in other languages as well, the name Marina comes from the Latin word mare and it refers to the “one that comes from the sea”.


Sound of name Marina: Ma-ri’-na

Male version of name Marina: Marinos

Nameday of name Marina:
July 17th

Origin of name Marina – Agia Marina (St. Marina)

Name Marina was included in the Greek Orthodox Calendar due to Agia Marina, or St Marina in English, a woman from Antiochia who lived during the time of Claudius. She was the only daughter and her father was a pagan. She was 12 years old when her mother died and her father gave his daughter to a Christian woman to bring her up. Marina was taught into Christianity and adopted the new religion. The ruler of the region Olymvrios learned about Marina and decided to talk to her into getting back to paganism. Marina was a beautiful girl and Olymvrios asked her to marry her, but she denied both him and paganism. The Church claims that Marina was imprisoned after suffering numerous tortures, such as burning with torches and cutting pieces of flesh. When Marina again refused to become a pagan again and marry Olymvrios, he ordered to have her capsized, as it was done.
The Greek Orthodox Church celebrates her memory on July 17th.

Nicknames deriving from name Marina

Marina doesn’t have many nicknames or diminutives. The most common ones are Rina, Ria, Marinaki.

The name’s fairy reveals the meaning of name Marina

Marina is a positive person, practical and quite smart. She is afraid of love because she feels insecure and cannot control herself. She can be quite jealous if provoked.

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