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National Marina Day – June 15, 2023

National Marina Day is observed every June 15 in the U.S. It is a special day for those who are named Marina. Usually given to females, it derives from the feminine gender of the Latin ‘mare’ meaning ‘of the sea.’ This name appears in many European languages, including Japanese. Marina is an example of a multicultural name used among Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese speakers and is popular in France, Germany, and Scandinavian countries, as well as Slavic nations. Although Marina is an intercultural name, it’s also an English word for a harbor located along the coast or on the shore of a body of water.

History of National Marina Day

Marina is the feminine form of the Latin name Marinus, an old Roman name meaning ‘of the sea’ derived from the Latin word ‘mare.’ Marinas are also places that are specially designed for boats such as pleasure yachts and small vessels, which dock or are moored to buoys, in other words, a ‘promenade by the sea.’

The name Marina is also famous for its literary connections. It is the name of a character from Shakespeare’s lesser-known play, “Pericles, Prince of Tyre.” Marina, born on a ship during stormy seas, is the beautiful daughter of the main character Pericles and his wife, Thaisa. In the 1975 animated film “The Little Mermaid,” based on Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known fairy tale, Princess Marina is the youngest mermaid known for her beautiful voice. The name inspires a number of sea-related products, from timber ranges in shades of white and ivory hinting at frothy waves ideal for every sophisticated beach house, foamy mattresses offering a blissful night of sleep, to a brand selling natural coconut-based food ingredients.

Marina also has a religious association. Saint Margaret of Antioch, the early fourth-century famous virgin martyr, is known as Saint Marina in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Currently, the name Marina is favored in Catalonia, Spain, Croatia, Brazil, and Georgia. It is popular in all places where water plays a central role in a nation’s livelihood. To a lesser extent, Marina is also used in Slovenia, Serbia, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France, Australia, Canada, and the U.S.

National Marina Day timeline

1906
Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark

Born on December 13, she later married a British prince becoming Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.

1946
Marina Abramovic

Born on November 30 in Serbia, she is a widely publicized New York-based performance artist.

1957
Marina binti Mahathir

Born on May 11, this Malaysian writer and socio-political activist, was also the daughter of a former Prime Minister of Malaysia.

1985
Marina Dmitrović

Born on March 23, she is a famous Serbian handball player.

National Marina Day FAQs

Is Marina a Hebrew name?

No, Marina is a Greek Girl name meaning ‘Sea maiden.’

Who was Marina in the Bible?

There is no Biblical reference. But there was a Christian Monk called Marina or Saint Marina who was well known.

What is the Marina name Personality?

It’s a name that conveys a highly charged personality that attracts powerful ideas.

National Marina Day Activities

  1. Spend the day beside the sea

    Since this day means ‘of the sea,’ celebrate by grabbing your shades and beachwear and heading for the sunny shores. Enjoy the day breathing in the cool sea breeze.

  2. Meet a Marina

    If you do not know anyone named Marina, today is an opportunity to meet someone new. Invite someone named Marina via Facebook or Instagram to celebrate this day.

  3. Change your name for one day

    Change your name to Marina for one day. This could be a creative, unique way to celebrate this special day.

5 Interesting Facts About The Name Marina

  1. It was used by Shakespeare

    The name was used by Shakespeare in his play “Pericles” in reference to the virtuous princess who says she is "Call'd Marina, for I was born at sea."

  2. It’s the name of a Roman goddess

    Not just saints in Christiandom bear the name, the Roman goddess Venus also used the name.

  3. It is an ‘old’ name

    The name Marina has been around for a while as ancient text finds its use in fourteenth century Britain.

  4. It’s had competition

    The names Melissa and Marissa have given Marina a head start which saw the name peak at Number 219 in 1994.

  5. The Resort in Singapore

    Marina Bay in Singapore is reputed to have the largest rooftop pool.

Why We Love National Marina Day

  1. Its link to the sea

    Most people love the sea, which has a way of enchanting us, capturing our imagination, and intriguing us with unexplored mysteries. The name reminds us of this mystic place.

  2. It celebrates diversity

    Marina is not a common name and this makes it pretty special. On this special day, knowing someone with this name enables us to celebrate the diversity of life.

  3. You can honor a friend

    If you have a friend named Marina, this is your opportunity to honor her. You can cook her dinner or buy her a sentimental gift.

National Marina Day dates

YearDateDay
2023June 15Thursday
2024June 15Saturday
2025June 15Sunday
2026June 15Monday
2027June 15Tuesday

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