Meaning and name origin
Marlena \m(a)-rle-na, mar-lena\ as a girl's name is of Hebrew and German origin, and the meaning of Marlena is "woman from Magdala". Marlena is a variant of Madeline (Hebrew): variant of Madeleine, which is the French version. Also a variant 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 is a very popular first name for females (#1275 out of 4276, Top 30%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Marlena for girls. Marlena reached its highest rank of #657 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Marlena and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Madeline (#89), Marlene and Marlena. (2014 statistics).
Marlena▼ is also pronounced similarly to Merlina. Other suggested similar baby names are Carlena, Darlena, Earlena, Karlena, Malena, Maralina, Marcena, Mareena, Marena, Marialena, Marielena, Marilena, Marilene, Marlane, Marlea, Marleen, Marleene, Marlen, Marlenn, Marlenne, Marlin, Marline, Marlinn, Marlon, Marlyn▼, Marlyne, Marlynn, Marrlen and Myrlene. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marlena.