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What does Marleen mean?

Marleen /mar-leen/ as a name for girls is of Hebrew derivation, and the meaning of the name Marleen is "woman from Magdala; star of the sea; from Magdala". Marleen is a variant form, with the prefix Mar-, of Madeline (Hebrew): version of Madeleine. Marleen is also a variation of Marlene (German, Latin, Greek).

Associated with: star, sea


Marleen has 9 variants: Marlane, Marlayne, Marleene, Marlen, Marlin, Marline, Marlyn, Marlyne and Marlynne.

Marleen has 18 more alternative forms via Madeline, Marlene: Madlen, Madlin, Madlyn, Malena, Marla, Marlaina, Marlana, Marlayna, Marlea, Marleah, Marlee, Marleena, Marleina, Marlena, Marleni, Marley, Marlie and Marlina.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Maleen, Malleen, ..

(male) Marbon, Marchen, ..

How popular is Marleen?

Marleen is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2415 out of 4276, Top 56%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Marleen for girls. Marleen entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its top position of #891 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marleen name in U.S.

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

Prominent related forms of Marleen rated in the Top 2000 are Madeline (#89 last year), Madlyn, Malena (#1849), Marla, Marlana, Marlane, Marlee (#470), Marlen, Marlena, Marlene (#1172), Marley (#202), Marlie (#1204), Marline and Marlyn. Other variants, like Marleena, are seldom used. These forms of Marleen were at the top of their popularity 6 years ago (adoption of 0.62%) and are somewhat less widespread today (adoption 0.4%, down 34.7%), with versions like Marla becoming less stylish. Marlee and Marley are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marleen, Madeline, Madlyn, Malena, Marla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlana, Marlane, Marlee, Marlen, Marlena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlene, Marley, Marlie, Marline, Marlyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Marleen is pronounced similarly to Marlenn, Marlenne, Marlinn, Marlon, Marlynn, Marrlen, Marrlin, Merlyn, Myrleen and Myrlene. Other recommended names are Arleen, Caileen, Caleen, Caraleen (see Caroline), Careen, Carlee, Carleen, Carlein, Carlen, Carllen, Carreen, Catleen, Cayleen, Charleen, Darleen, Darleena, Earleen, Faeleen, Harlee, Jaeleen, Jakleen, Jasleen, Kaileen, Kaleen, Karaleen, Kareen, Karlee, Karlein (see Caroline), Karlen, Katleen, Kayleen, Maralyn, Marcee, Marceen, Maree, Marelyn, Maren, Margeen, Marielena, Marien, Marilee, Marilena, Marilin, Marillyn, Marilyn, Marilynn, Markee, Marlele, Marnee, Marsee, Marteena, Marylee, Marylin, Marylyn, Marylynn, Maureen, Maxeen, Pauleen, Pearleen, Raeleen, Rayleen, Sareen, Sharleen, Taleen and Zareen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marleen.