What does Arlene mean?
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.
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▼.more]
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)
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 Baby Names, 2014)
Prominent alternative forms of Arlene are Arleen, Arlie, Arline, Arly, Charlene, Lena (#279 in recent rankings), Lina (#767), Marlee (#470), Marlen, Marlena, Marlene and Sharlene. These forms of Arlene were popular during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.383%) and are somewhat less common today (usage 0.114%, ▼70%), with versions like Arleen, Charlene, Marlena, Marlene and Sharlene falling out of style. Lena and Marlee are two of the more chic names for newborns among these, with both names going through a resurgence in popularity.
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Arlene▼ is pronounced similarly to Arlenne, Earlene▼, Earline▼, Erlene, Erline and Orlene. Other suggested similar baby 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.