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Meaning and name origin

Marlene \m(a)-rle-ne, mar-lene\ as a girl's name is pronounced mar-LEEN, mar-LYNE, mar-LAY-nah. It is of German origin. Blend of the names Maria (Latin) "star of the sea" and Magdalene (Greek) "from Magdala", to honor the Christian Biblical figure Mary Magdalene. Marlene Dietrich made the name familiar in the 1920s. Some contemporary names are spelled phonetically to ensure the desired pronunciation. Actresses Marlee Matlin, Marley Shelton.


Marlene has 23 variant forms: Marla, Marlaina, Marlana, Marlane, Marlayna, Marlayne, Marlea, Marlee, Marleen, Marleena, Marleene, Marleina, Marlen, Marlena, Marleni, Marley, Marlie, Marlin, Marlina, Marline, Marlyn, Marlynne and Marna.

For more information, see also related girl names Arlene, Jolene, Lena, Marlo and Madeline.


Marlene is a very popular first name for females (#240 out of 4276, Top 6%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#70351 out of 88799, Top 79%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Marlene for girls. Marlene reached its highest rank of #63 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marlene name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Marlene and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Madeline (#89), Maria (#115), Marley (#202), Lena (#279), Marlee (#470), Jolene (#720), Marlie, Marlo, Marlyn, Marlene, Marlena, Marla, Arlene, Marlen and Magdalene. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Arlene, Jolene, Lena, Madeline, Magdalene, Maria, Marla, Marlee, Marlen, Marlena in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marlene, Marley, Marlie, Marlo, Marlyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jolene, Lena, Madeline, Maria, Marlee, Marley outside U.S.

Similar Names

Marlene is also pronounced similarly to Marlenn, Marlenne, Marlinn, Marlon, Marlyne, Marlynn, Marrlen, Merline, Myrlene and Myrline. Other suggested similar baby names are Carlene, Darlene, Earlene, Harlene, Karlene, Maraline, Marcene, Marilena, Marilene, Marlele and Maylene. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marlene.