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What does Marilyn mean?

Marilyn Pronunciation of Marilyn [mar-i-lyn] as a girls' name is pronounced MARE-a-lin. It is of English and Latin origin, and the meaning of Marilyn is "star of the sea". Modern blend of Mary and the -lyn ending (see Lynn). Actresses Marilyn Miller, Marilyn Monroe; author Marilyn French; opera celebrity Marilyn Horne.

Associated with: star, sea, modern, blend, opera.


Marilyn has 16 variants: Maralin, Maralyn, Maralynn, Marelyn, Marilee, Marilin, Marillyn, Marilynn, Marilynne, Marlyn, Marralynn, Marrilin, Marrilyn, Marylin, Marylyn and Marylynn.

Affiliated girl names: Jeralyn, Mimi and Sherilyn.

32 more related forms via Lynn, Mary: Marella, Marelle, Maren, Maria, Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann, Marianna, Marianne, Marice, Maridel, Marie, Mariel, Mariela, Mariella, Marielle, Marilla, Marin, Marion, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza, Marjan, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maryann, Marylee, Marylou and Marylu.

Creative forms:
(female) Malilyn, Marila, ..

(male) Marilan, Marile, ..

Middle name pairings:
Marilyn Evalyn (M.E.), ..

How popular is Marilyn?

Marilyn is a very popular first name for females (#80 out of 4276, Top 2%) but a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Marilyn was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its highest position of #16 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #426 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Marilyn (#426 last year) appearing in the Top 2000 are Lynn, Maralyn, Maren (#1113 last year), Maria (#109), Mariam (#563), Marian (#1104), Mariana (#296), Mariann, Marianna (#853), Marianne (#1985), Marie (#564), Mariel (#1839), Mariela (#1560), Mariella (#1433), Marielle (#1808), Marilee, Marilla, Marillyn, Marilynn, Marilynne, Marin (#1471), Marion (#1527), Mariska, Marita, Maritza (#1201), Marla, Marlo, Marlyn, Mary (#124), Maryann (#1809), Marylee, Marylin, Marylou, Marylyn, Marylynn, Mimi and Sherilyn. Other forms, like Marjan, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Marilyn reached its most widespread 125 years ago (median #1632) and is now significantly diminished (#1573, down 93.6%). Mary has generally been popular among parents, though Marianna has grown popular as well over time, while forms such as Marylou are no longer trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marilyn, Lynn, Maralyn, Maren, Maria in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann, Marianna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marianne, Marie, Mariel, Mariela, Mariella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marielle, Marilee, Marilla, Marillyn, Marilynn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marilynne, Marin, Marion, Mariska, Marita in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maritza, Marla, Marlo, Marlyn, Mary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maryann, Marylee, Marylin, Marylou, Marylyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marylynn, Mimi, Sherilyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria, Mariam, Mary outside U.S.

Similar Names

Marilyn is pronounced similarly to Maraline and Marilene. Other recommended names are Cailyn, Caralyn, Carilyn, Carlyn, Carolyn, Charilyn, Darlyn, Darolyn, Darylyn, Harolyn, Jamilyn, Jerilyn, Kailyn, Karalyn, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karilynn, Karlyn, Karolyn, Katilyn, Kerilyn, Laralyn, Lorilyn, Madalyn, Madelyn, Madilyn, Madisyn, Madlyn, Maralina, Marcelyn, Marcilyn, Marcilynn, Marialena, Marielena, Marien, Marilda, Marilena, Marilis, Marilou, Marilu, Marinn, Marlana, Marlane, Marlayna, Marlayne, Marleen, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Marleni, Marlenn (see Marlin), Marlin, Marlina, Marline, Marlinn, Marlon, Marlyne, Marlynn, Marlynne, Marlys, Marrlen, Marrlin, Marvelyn, Maryn, Merlyn, Saralyn, Tamilyn and Taralyn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marilyn.

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