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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Polish (also Marasz), Czech, and Slovak : from a derivative of the personal names Marek or Martin.
  • Czech (Mářas) : from the name for a man who was the son or husband of a woman called Máří, Czech form of Maria.
  • Croatian : from a pet form of any of several personal name beginning with Mar-, e.g. Marijan, Marin, Marko.
  • Polish : topographic name from Polish dialect maras ‘marsh’.
  • Greek : nickname from Albanian marrë ‘crazy’, ‘wild’, ‘strong’. This element is also found as part of composite names such as Maragiannis ‘crazy John’.

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