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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 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 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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marilyn name in U.S.

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

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Geri, Lynn, Marilee, Marilyn, Marilynn, Marlyn, Mary, Marylin, Marylyn, Mimi in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.