Meaning and name origin
Marilyn \m(a)-ril-yn, mar(i)-lyn\ as a girl's 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 is a very popular first name for females (#80 out of 4276, Top 2%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Marilyn for girls. Marilyn reached its highest rank of #16 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Marilyn and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Mary (#120), Marilyn (#405), Marylin, Marylyn, Mimi, Marilynn, Lynn, Marilee, Geri and Marlyn. (2014 statistics).
Marilyn▼ is also pronounced similarly to Marilene. Other suggested similar baby names are Carilyn, Karilyn, Madilyn▲, Marcilyn, Marilena, Marlen, Marlin, Marlon, Marlyne, Marlynn, Marrlen, Marrlin and Merlyn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marilyn.