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 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.
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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Marilyn and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Marilyn (#405 last year) appearing in the Top 1000 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 these girl names reached its most widespread during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.3801%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.1384%, down 63.6%), 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.