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What does Marilla mean?

Marilla Pronunciation of Marilla [mar-il-la] as a girls' name is pronounced ma-RILL-ah. The meaning of Marilla is "shining sea". Variant of Muriel. Marilis is a short form of Amaryllis.

Associated with: shining (light), sea.


Marilla has 2 variants: Marella and Marilis.

Related girl names: Mariel and Mary.

6 more alternative forms via Amaryllis, Muriel: Merial, Meriel, Merrill, Murial, Muriella and Murielle.

Creative forms:
(female) Malilla, Marilka, ..

(male) Mariler, Marillo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Marilla Dayanna (M.D.), ..

How popular is Marilla?

Marilla is an uncommonly occurring first name for women but a somewhat prominent last name for all people (#140756 out of 150436, Top 94%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Marilla reached its peak rank of #1176 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Marilla are Mary (#124 the previous year), Mariel (#1839), Muriel and Merrill. Other forms, like Muriella, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Marilla reached its apex in the 1880s (adoption of 8.23%) and has become significantly less since (adoption 0.17%, 98% less), with forms such as Muriel falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marilla, Mariel, Mary, Merrill, Muriel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Marilla is alike in pronunciation to Mariela, Mariella, Marilee, Marilou, Marilu, Marrilee, Marylea, Marylee, Marylou, Marylu, Merola, Mireilla, Mirella, Mirilla, Morela, Morella, Myrella, Myrilla and Myrrilla. Other recommended names are Bazilla, Camilla, Carlla, Carmilla, Cyrilla, Darille, Gavrilla, Kamilla, Korilla, Madella, Mahalla, Marcila, Marcille, Marelda, Marelle, Maria, Marial, Maricela, Maricella, Maricia, Marielle, Marika, Marilda, Marilin, Marilisa, Marillyn, Marilyn, Marinda, Marisha, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Marivella, Mariza, Marlea, Marleah, Marlee, Marley, Marlie, Marsala, Marsiella, Martella, Maryl, Matilda, Mercilla, Merielle, Meryll, Milla, Mireille, Mirell, Mirelle, Mirielle, Pamilla, Radilla, Sirilla and Syrilla. These names tend to be more commonly used than Marilla.

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