What does Marilyn mean?
Marilyn [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.
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.Creative forms:
(female) Malilyn, Marila, ..
(male) Marilan, Marile, .. Middle name pairings:
Marilyn Evalyn (M.E.), ..
How popular is Marilyn?
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. Demographics)
Marilyn was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its highest position of #16 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #426 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Marilyn (#426 last year) appearing in the Top 2000 are Lynn, Maralyn, Maren (#1113 last year), Maria (#109), Mariam (#563), Marian (#1104), Mariana (#296), Mariann, Marianna (#853), Marianne (#1985), Marie (#564), Mariel (#1839), Mariela (#1560), Mariella (#1433), Marielle (#1808), Marilee, Marilla, Marillyn, Marilynn, Marilynne, Marin (#1471), Marion (#1527), Mariska, Marita, Maritza (#1201), Marla, Marlo, Marlyn, Mary (#124), Maryann (#1809), Marylee, Marylin, Marylou, Marylyn, Marylynn, Mimi and Sherilyn. Other forms, like Marjan, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Marilyn reached its most widespread 125 years ago (median #1632) and is now significantly diminished (#1573, down 93.6%). Mary has generally been popular among parents, though Marianna has grown popular as well over time, while forms such as Marylou are no longer trendy.
Marilyn▼ is pronounced similarly to Maraline and Marilene. Other recommended names are Cailyn, Caralyn, Carilyn, Carlyn, Carolyn▼, Charilyn, Darlyn, Darolyn, Darylyn, Harolyn, Jamilyn, Jerilyn, Kailyn, Karalyn, Karelyn, Karilyn, Karilynn, Karlyn, Karolyn, Katilyn, Kerilyn, Laralyn, Lorilyn, Madalyn, Madelyn▲, Madilyn▲, Madisyn▲, Madlyn, Maralina, Marcelyn, Marcilyn, Marcilynn, Marialena, Marielena, Marien, Marilda, Marilena, Marilis, Marilou, Marilu, Marinn, Marlana, Marlane, Marlayna, Marlayne, Marleen, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene▼, Marleni, Marlenn (see Marlin), Marlin, Marlina, Marline, Marlinn, Marlon, Marlyne, Marlynn, Marlynne, Marlys▼, Marrlen, Marrlin, Marvelyn, Maryn, Merlyn, Saralyn, Tamilyn and Taralyn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marilyn.See names in meaning and etymology.