Origin of the name MARMAR.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MARMAR.
Persian Arabic name, meaning "marble." (An
English and Arabic Dictionary, Catafago, 1873)
Latin. Probably from Greek Marmaros
(q.v.), meaning "to flash, shine, sparkle," which is akin to the
Arabic Marmar, though some prefer to derive it from μάρναμαι
("to fight"). It is
another name for Mars, the god of war.
... The Sabine words Marmar and
Mamers (akin to μάρναμαι)
are evidently names of the heaven-god. (The Encyclopaedia Britannica,
... The first element in Marusar
or Maursar seems to be reduplicated in Marmares, the name of a Parthian
king mentioned by Ctesias as contemporary with Astibaras king of the Medes
(Spiegel: Erânisch. Alterth. II, p. 259); and again in
Mermeroes, that of a Persian general of the time of Justinian (ibid.
III, 412); while the second recurs in Manisares, the ruler of a part of
Armenia and Mesopotamia in the time of Trajan (circ. 114 A.D.).
If we were dealing with Semitic terms, it would be natural to think of the
Aramean mārē, "lord," in trying to explain the name
before us. Mari' was the name of a king
of Damascus reduced by the Assyrian Rimmon-nirâri (circ. 804 B.C.).
But a Semitic etymology being inappropriate, we may think of the
widely-ramifying Aryan root MAR
"to shine," "sparkle," "flash," and of the
stem mâra, "brilliant," "illustrious," which
Fick sees in the Gallic Indutio-marus, and the German Mâroald, Mârwin,
Wolf-mâr, and the Slavonic Vladi-mîr; or of the root MAR "to
pound," "crush," and the Greek μάρναμαι "to
fight," and the Latin war-god Marmar, Mavors, Mars; or perhaps of the
(Hesych.) = μαρϜο-,
in the sense of "gentle," "mild," (Ahd. maro, maraw-êr,
Ags. mearu, mürbe, zart, schwach: Fick), and the Latin family-name Maro,
and the Gallic chief Maro-boduus. However this may be, the other half of
the compound name Maresere or Māursara may obviously be explained by
reference to the Zend çara, or sara, which means (1) head, (2) rule, (3)
ruler according to Justi, and is identical with the Sanskr. çiras, Armen. çar
(sar). (Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology, v.10, 1888)