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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, Latin and Greek origin, and the meaning of Marlene is "star of the sea; from Magdala". Blend of the names Maria and Magdalene, 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.

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

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%) but a rare surname for all people. (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)

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

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

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 (usage of 0.3223%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.24%, down 25.5%), with versions like Marlene, Moriah, Mayra, Marie and Magdalen 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Arlene, Jolene, Lena, Madeline, Magdalen, Magdalena, Magdalene, Maria, Mariah, Marie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marietta, Marla, Marlee, Marleigh, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Marley, Marlie, Marlo in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marlyn, Mayra, Moriah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lena, Madeline, Maria, Mariah outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.