Meaning and name origin
Arlene \a-rle-ne, ar-lene\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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 is a very popular first name for females (#225 out of 4276, Top 5%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Arlene for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Arlene and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Lena (#279), Lina (#767), Arly, Arline, Arlie, Charlene, Marlene, Arleen and Arlene. (2014 statistics).
Arlene is also 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.