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What does Arlene mean?

Arlene Pronunciation of Arlene [ar-lene] as a girls' name is pronounced ar-LEEN. Modern coinage of unclear origin. Possibly feminine form of Arlen, from Irish Gaelic meaning "pledge, promise". Or possibly a coinage based on Marlene or Charlene. Made famous in the 1950s by American actress and beauty columnist Arlene Dahl. Actress Arlene Francis.

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VARIANTS Arla, Arlan, Arlana, Arlean, Arleana, Arlee, Arleen, Arleena, Arleene, Arlen, Arlena, Arleta, Arletha, Arletta, Arlette, Arleyne, Arlie, Arliene, Arlina, Arlinda, Arline, Arluene, Arly, Arlyn, Arlyne, Arlynn, Lena, Lene, Lina

RELATED FORMS VIA CHARLENE, MARLENE Marlane, Marlee, Marleene, Marlen, Marlena, Marleni, Marline, Shalene, Sharlene

(female) Aglene, Arlete, ..

(male) Arlein, ..

Arlene Nevaeh (A.N.), ..

How popular is Arlene?

Arlene is a very popular first name for females (#225 out of 4276, Top 5%) but a unique surname for all people. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Arlene reached its apex position of #67 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #1376 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Arlene name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Arlene outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Arlene (#1376 IN RECENT RANKINGS) are Arla, Arlean, Arlee, Arleen, Arlena, Arleta, Arletha, Arletta, Arlette (#1663), Arlie, Arlinda, Arline, Arly, Arlyn, Arlyne, Charlene (#1532), Lena (#272), Lina (#857), Marlane, Marlee (#454), Marlen, Marlena, Marlene (#1174), Marline and Sharlene. These forms of Arlene were popular 9 decades ago (USAGE OF 0.85%) and are now significantly less common (USAGE 0.14%, 83%), with versions like Lena becoming less in vogue. Marlee is the most chic name for newborns among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Arlene, Arla, Arlean, Arlee, Arleen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Arlena, Arleta, Arletha, Arletta, Arlette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Arlie, Arlinda, Arline, Arly, Arlyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Arlyne, Charlene, Lena, Lina, Marlane in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlee, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Marline, Sharlene in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lena, Lina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Arlene is pronounced similarly to Arlenne, Earlene, Earline, Erlene, Erline and Orlene. Other suggested similar names are Abalene, Abilene, Adalene, Adene, Adilene, Adline, Adriene, Ailee, Aileene, Ailene, Alane, Aldene, Aleine, Alena, Alene, Alenne, Aline, Alleine, Allena, Allene, Alleyne, Alline, Alyne, Ardena, Ardene, Ardine, Arena, Arene, Arete, Ariane, Ariele, Arjane, Arlea, Arlet, Arleth, Arley, Arlise, Armen, Armyne, Arthene, Arwen, Aryane, Athene, Carlene, Celene, Colene, Corlene, Dalene, Darlene, Eilene, Elene, Ellene, Harlene, Helene, Ilene, Illene, Irelene, Irene, Jolene, Kalene, Karlene, Kylene, Lurlene, Melene, Mylene, Myrlene, Nolene, Orlee and Orlena. These names tend to be less commonly used than Arlene.