What does Marilyn mean?
Marilyn \m(a)-ril-yn, mar(i)-lyn\ as a girls' name is pronounced MARE-a-lin. It is of English origin. Modern blend of Mary (Latin) "star of the sea" and the -lyn ending (see Lynn). Actresses Marilyn Miller, Marilyn Monroe; author Marilyn French; opera celebrity Marilyn Horne.
Marilyn▲ has 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.
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. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Marilyn for girls. Marilyn was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its highest position of #16 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #405 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Marilyn and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Marilyn (#405 last year) are Geri, Lynn, Maren, Maria (#115 last year), Mariam (#568), Marian, Mariana (#331), Mariann, Marianna (#868), Marianne, Marie (#579), Mariel, Mariela, Marilee, Marilynn, Marin, Marion, Marita, Maritza, Marla, Marlo, Marlyn, Mary (#120), Maryann, Marylin, Marylou, Marylyn and Mimi. Usage of this girl name reached its most widespread during the years 1950-1959 and is now significantly less, with versions such as Marie, Mariela, Maritza, Marla and Marlo falling out of fashion. Mariam (#568), Mariana (#331) and Marilyn (#405) are three of the more chic baby names in this compilation, with Mariana undergoing a resurgence in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Marilyn▲ is pronounced similarly to Marilene. Other recommended similar baby names are Carilyn, Karilyn, Madilyn▲, Marcilyn, Marilena, Marlen, Marlin, Marlon, Marlyne, Marlynn, Marrlen, Marrlin and Merlyn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marilyn.