Marilla is a variant of the Latin name Mary, meaning “shining sea.” It may also be a shortened form of the flower name Amaryllis. This pretty name fell out of popularity after the 1800s, but its elegant Victorian feel makes it an appealing alternative to Mary. You may know it from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Strict but loving, Marilla Cuthbert is a beloved fictional character who would make a worthy namesake for baby.
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