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What does Marlen mean?

Marlen Pronunciation of Marlen [marlen] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Marlen) is pronounced MAR-len. It is of English and Latin origin, and the meaning of Marlen is "star of the sea". Feminine of Marlon or variant of Marlene.

Associated with: star, sea.


Marlen has 4 variants: Marlenne, Marlin, Marlyn and Marlynn.

Related girl name: Madeline.

20 more related forms via Marlene: Marla, Marlaina, Marlana, Marlane, Marlayna, Marlayne, Marlea, Marlee, Marleen, Marleena, Marleene, Marleina, Marlena, Marleni, Marley, Marlie, Marlina, Marline, Marlynne and Marna.

Creative forms:
(female) Malen, ..

(male) Marle, Marmen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Marlen Abriella (M.A.), ..

How popular is Marlen?

Marlen is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#3022 out of 4276, Top 71%) and also a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#104819 out of 150436, Top 70%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Marlen was first listed in 1990 and reached its highest position of #917 in the U.S. in 2003, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Madeline (#90 in 2015), Marla, Marlana, Marlane, Marlee (#454), Marleen, Marlena, Marlene (#1174), Marley (#218), Marlie (#1202), Marline, Marlyn and Marna are the popular related forms of Marlen appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Marlen were popular with parents a decade ago (average #1375) and are somewhat less common today (#1509, down 36.4%), with versions such as Marla becoming less in vogue. Marlee and Marley are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlen, Madeline, Marla, Marlana, Marlane in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlee, Marleen, Marlena, Marlene, Marley in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Marlen is alike in pronunciation to Marlenn, Marlinn, Marlyne, Marrlen, Marrlin, Merline, Merlyn, Myrleen, Myrlene and Myrline. Other suggested similar names are Cailen, Calen, Callen, Carlee, Carleen, Carlein, Carlen, Carlena, Carmen, Carwen, Darien, Darleen, Darlena, Darlyn, Faren, Farren, Galen, Harlea, Harlee, Kareen, Karen, Karleen, Karlena, Karlene, Karlin, Karlyn, Karmen, Karren, Mable, Madlen, Madlyn, Malea, Maralina, Maraline, Maralynn (see Marilyn), Marcee, Mare, Maree, Marelyn, Marge, Margeen, Marget, Mariet, Marilin, Marillyn, Marinn, Marje, Marleah, Marlele, Marlies, Marlis, Marlys, Marne, Marrilyn, Marrin, Marsee, Maryan, Marylin, Maryn, Maureen, Merle, Murle, Myrle, Tarren and Zareen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marlen.

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