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What does Marlene mean?

Marlene /mar-le-ne/ 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.

Affiliated girl names: Arlene, Jolene, Lena, Marlo and Madeline.

Marlene has 7 more different relations via Magdalene, Maria, Marlee, Marley: Maree, Marialena, Marie, Marieanne, Marielena, Mariette and Marleigh.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Marlese, Merlene, ..

(male) Marlean, Marleno, ..

How popular is Marlene?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Marlene for girls. Marlene entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its top position of #58 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is currently at #1172. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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 (#1172 via latest list) are Madeline (#89 via latest list), Maria (#115), Marley (#202), Lena (#279), Marlee (#470), Marie (#579), Jolene (#720), Marleigh (#937), Marlie (#1204), Arlene (#1482), Magdalene (#1636), Marlyn, Marna, Marlena, Marlo, Marline, Marlane, Marielena, Maree, Mariette, Marla, Marleen, Marlana and Marlen. Other variants, like Marieanne, are seldom used. These relations of Marlene were popular as baby names 124 years ago (usage of 2.47%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.71%, 71.2% less), with versions like Marie becoming somewhat outmoded. Marleigh, Marlee and Marley are three of the more fashionable names for newborns among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlene, Arlene, Jolene, Lena, Madeline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Magdalene, Maree, Maria, Marie, Marielena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariette, Marla, Marlana, Marlane, Marlee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marleen, Marleigh, Marlen, Marlena, Marley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlie, Marline, Marlo, Marlyn, Marna in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Marlene is alike in pronunciation to Marlenn, Marlenne, Marlinn, Marlon, Marlyne, Marlynn, Marrlen, Marrlin, Merline, Merlyn, Myrleen, Myrlene and Myrline. Other recommended names are Cailene, Charlene, Corlene, Darleane, Darlena, Darline, Darlyne, Darylene, Earline, Erlene, Gaylene, Harlee, Harlene, Jaylene, Kaelene, Kalene, Karene, Karlee, Karlen, Karlene, Karline, Karlyne, Kaylene, Laraene, Lurlene, Madalene, Madelene, Maelee, Marcele, Marcena, Marceyne (see Marcene), Mareen, Mareena, Marelyn, Marena, Mariane, Marieke, Marilena, Marilin, Marilyn, Marilynn, Marilynne, Markee, Marlele, Marlette, Marlyse, Marne, Marnee, Marsee, Martine, Marylin, Marylyn, Maurene, Maylene, Melene, Mylene, Myrene, Raelene, Raylene, Sharlene, Starlene and Talene. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marlene.