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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.
Marlene is a very popular first name for females (#240 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#70351 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Marlene for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Marlene and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Arlene, Jolene, Lena, Madeline, Magdalene, Maria, Marla, Marlee, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Marley, Marlie, Marlo and Marlyn. (2015 statistics).
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.
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