Marino last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Marino is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Marino.

Meaning of Marino

An Italian occupational surname referring to a sailor or someone who worked at sea.

Marino, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Marino surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Marino in America

Marino is the 1105th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Marino surname appeared 31,687 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 11 people would have the surname Marino.

We can also compare 2010 data for Marino to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 1105 1042 5.87%
Count 31,687 30,735 3.05%
Proportion per 100k 10.74 11.39 -5.87%

The history of the last name Marino

The surname Marino originated in Italy, with roots dating back to ancient Rome. It is derived from the Latin name "Marinus," which means "of the sea" or "maritime." This name was commonly given to individuals who lived near the sea or worked in maritime professions.

During the Roman Empire, the name Marinus was particularly prevalent in coastal regions of Italy, such as the areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. As the Roman Empire expanded, the name spread to other regions conquered by the Romans, including parts of modern-day France, Spain, and North Africa.

In the Middle Ages, the surname Marino began to appear in various records and manuscripts across Italy. One notable example is the Codex Diplomaticus Cavensis, a collection of medieval documents from the Campania region, which includes mentions of individuals with the surname Marino as early as the 10th century.

The earliest recorded instances of the surname Marino can be traced back to the 12th century. In 1185, a document from the city of Genoa mentions a man named Guglielmo Marino, who was a merchant and ship owner. Another early record from the city of Naples in 1220 refers to a nobleman named Niccolò Marino.

Throughout history, several notable individuals have borne the surname Marino. One of the most famous was Giovanni Marino (1476-1536), an Italian poet and philosopher who is considered one of the founders of the Baroque literary movement. Another notable figure was Giambattista Marino (1569-1625), a renowned Italian poet and playwright who was a prominent figure in the Baroque period.

In the 14th century, the surname Marino was associated with the noble Marino family of Naples, who ruled over the region of Marino, a town located near the city. This connection to a place name was common during that time, as surnames often derived from the locations where families originated or held power.

Other notable individuals with the surname Marino include:

  1. Emilio Marino (1839-1915), an Italian painter and sculptor
  2. Constantino Marino (1871-1941), an Italian sculptor and medalist
  3. Girolamo Marino (1890-1973), an Italian painter and sculptor
  4. Guillermo Marino (1914-1992), an Argentine writer and journalist
  5. Marcos Marino (1937-2021), an Argentinian actor and theatre director

The surname Marino has spread globally due to Italian immigration, and it is now found in various countries, particularly those with significant Italian diasporas, such as the United States, Argentina, and Australia.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Marino

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Marino.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Marino was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 84.02% 26,623
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.82% 260
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 1.08% 342
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.16% 51
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.04% 330
Hispanic Origin 12.87% 4,078

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Marino has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 84.02% 87.16% -3.67%
Black 0.82% 0.63% 26.21%
Asian and Pacific Islander 1.08% 0.90% 18.18%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.16% 0.20% -22.22%
Two or More Races 1.04% 1.25% -18.34%
Hispanic 12.87% 9.86% 26.48%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Marino was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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