Meaning and Name Origin
Marlana \m(a)-rla-na, mar-lana\ as a name for girls is of German derivation. Marlana is a variation of Marlene (German): blend of the names Maria (Latin) "star of the sea" and Magdalene (Greek) "from Magdala", to honor the Christian Biblical figure Mary Magdalene. Unique as a baby name.
Marlana is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#2856 out of 4276, Top 67%) but an unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Marlana and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Marlana (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Marla, Marlee (#470 a year ago), Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Marley (#202), Marlie and Marlyn. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity in the year 2008 and are somewhat less popular today, with the versions Marla, Marlena, Marlene and Marlyn becoming less stylish. Marlee (#470) and Marley (#202) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns among these, with Marlee having a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Marlana is pronounced similarly to Merlina. Other suggested similar baby names are Carlana, Malana, Maralina, Mariana▲, Marilena, Marlenn, Marlinn, Marlon, Marlyne and Marlynn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marlana.