The name was originally a Frisian diminutive form of Maria, but has been used as an independent given name since at least the 1940s. The name was a subject of a 1962 Jacques Brel song in which the singer recounts his love affair with a Flemmish girl.
Currently, Mareike is the 398th most popular female name in Germany, (2011).
Other forms of the name include:
- Marika (Czech/Estonian/Finnish/Greek/Hungarian/Polish/Slovak)
- Marijke (Dutch)
- Marike (Dutch)
- Mareke (German)