Meaning and Name Origin
Marlena \m(a)-rle-na, mar-lena\ as a name for girls. Marlena's name origins are Hebrew and German, and the meaning of Marlena is "woman from Magdala". Marlena is a variant of Madeline (Hebrew): variant of Madeleine, which is the French version. Marlena is also 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.
Marlena▼ has 33 more different forms via Madeline, Marlene: Dalenna, Madalena, Madalene, Maddelena, Madelena, Madelene, Madelina, Madena, Madina, Madlen, Madlin, Madlyn, Magdalena▼, Mala, Malena, Malina, Marla▼, Marlane, Marlayne, Marlea, Marleah, Marlee▲, Marleen, Marleene, Marlen, Marley▲, Marlie, Marlin, Marline, Marlyn▼, Marlyne, Marlynne and Marna.
Marlena is a very popular first name for women (#1275 out of 4276, Top 30%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Marlena for girls. Marlena was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #657 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Marlena and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Marlena rated in the Top 1000 are Madeline (#89 the previous year), Marley (#202), Marlee (#470), Magdalena (#976), Marlie, Marlyn, Marlen, Marla and Marlene. These girl names were at the height of their popularity in 2008 and are somewhat less popular today, with the forms Marlene, Marlyn, Marlena, Marla and Magdalena falling out of style. Madeline (#89), Marley (#202) and Marlee (#470) are three of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this list, with Madeline and Marlee undergoing a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Marlena▼ is pronounced similarly to Merlina. Other recommended similar baby names are Carlena, Darlena, Earlena, Karlena, Maralina, Marcena, Mareena, Marena, Marialena, Marielena, Marilena, Marilene, Marlenn, Marlenne, Marlinn, Marlon, Marlynn, Marrlen and Myrlene. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marlena.