Home > Arlene


+ to list (0)

What does Arlene mean?

Arlene /ar-le-ne/ 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.

Associated with: modern, beauty


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 9 more related forms via Charlene, Marlene: Marlane, Marlee, Marleene, Marlen, Marlena, Marleni, Marline, Shalene and Sharlene.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Arlele, Arlete, ..

(male) Arlein, Arlenio, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Arlene for girls. Arlene reached its apex position of #67 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #1482 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Prominent alternative forms of Arlene (#1482 in recent rankings) are Arla, Arlean, Arlee, Arleen, Arlena, Arleta, Arletha, Arletta, Arlette (#1818 in recent rankings), Arlie, Arlinda, Arline, Arly, Arlyn, Arlyne, Charlene (#1432), Lena (#279), Lina (#767), Marlane, Marlee (#470), Marlen, Marlena, Marlene (#1172), Marline and Sharlene. These forms of Arlene were popular 8 decades ago (usage of 0.85%) and are now significantly less common (usage 0.14%, 84%), 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.