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

For more information, see also related girl names Geri, Jeralyn, Mimi and Sherilyn.

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.


Marilyn is a very popular first name for females (#80 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

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