What does Marlene mean?
Marlene \m(a)-rle-ne, mar-lene\ as a girls' 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 variants: Marla▼, Marlaina, Marlana, Marlane, Marlayna, Marlayne, Marlea, Marlee▲, Marleen, Marleena, Marleene, Marleina, Marlen, Marlena▼, Marleni, Marley▲, Marlie, Marlin, Marlina, Marline, Marlyn▼, Marlynne and Marna.
Marlene▼ has 27 more different forms via Magdalene, Maria, Marlee, Marley: Magdalen▼, Magdalena▼, Magdalina, Magdaline, Magdalini, Magdeleine, Magdelena, Magdelina, Magdeline, Maree, Mariah▲, Marialena, Marialinda, Marialisa, Marie▼, Marieanne, Marielena, Marietta▼, Mariette, Marika, Marja, Marleigh, Marya, Mayra▼, Mayria, Moraiah and Moriah▼.
Marlene is a very popular first name for women (#240 out of 4276, Top 6%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#70351 out of 88799, Top 79%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Marlene for girls. Marlene entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its top position of #63 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Marlene and related names. Prominent related forms of Marlene are Madeline (#89 a year ago), Maria (#115), Mariah (#136), Marley (#202), Lena (#279), Marlee (#470), Marie (#579), Jolene (#720), Marleigh (#937), Magdalena (#976), Moriah (#977), Marlie, Marlo, Mayra, Marlyn, Marla, Magdalene, Magdalen, Marietta, Arlene, Marlen and Marlena. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 and are somewhat less popular today, with versions like Marlene, Moriah, Mayra, Marie and Marlyn becoming somewhat outmoded. The most fashionable birth names in this list are Lena (#279), Madeline (#89), Mariah (#136), Marley (#202) and Marlee (#470), with Lena, Madeline, Mariah and Marlee having a resurgence in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Marlene▼ is alike in pronunciation to Marlenn, Marlenne, Marlinn, Marlon, Marlyne, Marlynn, Marrlen, Merline, Myrlene and Myrline. Other recommended similar baby names are Carlene▼, Darlene▼, Earlene▼, Harlene, Karlene, Maraline, Marcene, Marilena, Marilene, Marlele and Maylene. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marlene.