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.Creative forms:
(female) Arleneia, Arlete, ..
(male) Arlein, Arlenio, .. Middle name pairings:
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)
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 #1376 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
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 in recent rankings), 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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.