Show ContentsMarina History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Marina originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Marina came from the name Marino, which is further derived from the Latin Marinus, which means of the sea. During the Middle Ages, parents frequently named their children after saints in the hopes of obtaining the grace and protection of the invoked saint for the child. The name Marino became popular because of devotion to several saints, including Saint Marino the Bishop of Rimini and Saint Marino who, according to tradition, founded the first Christian community on Mount Titano and from whom the Republic of San Marino takes its name. Alternatively, the surname Marini is of local origin, derived from the place named Marino, which is situated near Rome.

Early Origins of the Marina family

The surname Marina was first found in Orvieto, a small city which lies southwest of Perugia, where Ugolino Marini was consul for the town in 1068.

Early History of the Marina family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marina research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1251, 1414, 1528, 1571, 1653, 1627, 1715, 1569, 1625, 1605 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Marina History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Marina Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Marina include DeMarini, DeMarinis, LaMarina, Marinacci, Marinaccio, Marinato, Marinazzo, Marinella, Marin, Marinetti, Marini, Mariniello, Marino, Marinolli, Marinoni, Marinotti, Marinotto, Marinucci, Marinuzzi and many more.

Early Notables of the Marina family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Lucrezia Marinella (c.1571-1653), an Italian author; Onorio Marinari (1627-1715), an Italian painter and printmaker of the Baroque period; and Giambattista Marino (1569-1625), better known as Il Cavaliere Marino, a poet and...
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United States Marina migration to the United States +

Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Marina or a variant listed above:

Marina Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ramon Marina, aged 60, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1837 [1]
  • Rionido Santa Marina, aged 29, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1852 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Marina (post 1700) +

  • Carmen Marina Torres (1956-2015), Colombian actress, best known for her work in Zorro, La Espada y la Rosa, La Tormenta and Telemundo's El Clon
  • Marina Galanou (d. 2021), Greek trans activist, publisher, writer, and columnist
  • Miss Marina Jeffrey-Watson B.E.M., British Reverend was appointed the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to the Church and to the community in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent
  • Marina Lavrentievna Popovich (1931-2017), Soviet Air Force colonel, engineer, and legendary Soviet test pilot, holder of 107 aviation world records
  • Marina Garcia Marmolejo (b. 1971), born Marina Garcia, Mexican-born, American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2011-)
  • Marina Rossell (b. 1954), Spanish Catalan singer
  • Marina Person (b. 1969), Brazilian actress, filmmaker and former MTV VJ
  • Marina Arzola (1939-1976), Puerto Rican Spanish-language poets
  • Marina Colasanti (b. 1937), Brazilian writer, translator and journalist
  • Marina Berti (1924-2002), born Elena Maureen Bertolini, an English-born Italian film actress

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook