from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A female given name.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of dicotyledonous plants of the family Asteraceæ. See Silybum.
Latinized form of Marian, ultimately from Mary or Mary + Ann. It is also the feminine form of Latin Marianus, derivative of Marius, but these rather rare Roman names have been completely intertwined with Maria in the Christian era. (Wiktionary)