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MARION Family HistoryRecorded in over fifty spelling surname forms ranging from Marie and Maria to diminutives such as Marielle, Mariete, Maryon, and Marusik, and to metronymics Marians, Mariyushkin and Manyurin, this is a name of both uncertain origin and uncertain meaning. In most cases the name probably derived from the Hebrew 'Maryam', as its main popularity followed the famous Crusades of the 11th and 12th centuries to free the Holy Land from the Muslims. The returning knights and warriors often gave their children names associated with the bible, in commemoration of their 'visit', even though all the expeditions were ultimately unsuccessful. The meaning of Maryam is uncertain, but may have been 'wished for', as in a child...
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