Meaning and Name Origin
Arlene \a-rle-ne, 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.
Arlene▼ has 29 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 and Lina▼.
Arlene▼ has 44 more related forms via Charlene, Marlene: Char, Charla▼, Charlaine, Charlanna, Charlayne, Charleen▼, Charleena, Charleene, Charleesa, Charlena, Charlie▲, Charlien, Charlina, Charline▼, Charlisa, Charlita, Charlyn, Charlyne, Charlynn, Marla▼, Marlaina, Marlana, Marlane, Marlayna, Marlayne, Marlea, Marlee▲, Marleen, Marleena, Marleene, Marleina, Marlen, Marlena▼, Marleni, Marley▲, Marlie, Marlin, Marlina, Marline, Marlyn▼, Marlynne, Marna, Shalene and Sharlene▼.
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)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Arlene for girls. Arlene was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex position of #69 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Arlene and corresponding names. Prominent alternative forms of Arlene are Arleen, Arlie, Arline, Arly, Charla, Charleen, Charlene, Charlie (#229 in 2014), Charline, Lena (#279), Lina (#767), Marla, Marlee (#470), Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Marley (#202), Marlie, Marlyn and Sharlene. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during 1930-1939 and are now significantly less popular, with versions like Marla, Marlena, Marlene, Marlyn and Sharlene falling out of style. Charlie (#229), Lena (#279), Marlee (#470) and Marley (#202) are four of the more chic names for newborns among these, with Charlie, Lena and Marlee going through a resurgence in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Arlene▼ is pronounced similarly to Arlenne, Earlene▼, Erlene, Erline and Orlene. Other suggested similar baby names are Ailene, Alene▼, Allene▼, Ardene, Arene, Argene and Arlenna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Arlene.