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Marley (girl)

What does Marley mean?

Marley Pronunciation of Marley [mar-ley] as a name for girls (also used less regularly as boys' name Marley) has its root in English, and Marley means "marshy meadow". Marley is an alternate form of Marlee (English): also transcription of Marlene.

Associated with: meadow.


Marley has 4 variants: Marla, Marlea, Marleigh and Marlie.

16 more related forms via Marlee, Marlene: Marlana, Marlane, Marlayna, Marlayne, Marleen, Marleena, Marleene, Marleina, Marlen, Marlena, Marleni, Marlin, Marlina, Marline, Marlyn and Marna.

1 masculine form: Marlow.

Creative forms:
(female) Marle, Marrel, ..

(male) Marme, Marter, ..

Middle name pairings:
Marley Bella (M.B.), ..

How popular is Marley?

Marley is an unusual first name for women but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#5271 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Marley was first listed in 1990 and reached its highest rank of #145 in the U.S. in 2008, and is at #218 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marley name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Marley (#218 via latest list) are Marlee (#454 via latest list), Marleigh (#897), Marlene (#1174), Marlie (#1202), Marna, Marline, Marlyn, Marlen, Marlana, Marlane, Marleen, Marla and Marlena. Usage of these forms of Marley was common in the 1930s (median #1505) and is now significantly lower (#1567, 56% less usage), with versions like Marlene becoming somewhat outmoded. Marley, Marlee and Marleigh are three of the more trendy birth names here.

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

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

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marley and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Marley is pronounced similarly to Marleah, Marlo, Marlow, Marlowe, Merla, Mirla and Myrla. Other suggested similar names are Bayley, Cailey, Carle, Carlee, Carlen, Carley, Carrey, Cayley, Charley, Darcey, Darsey, Hadley, Haeley, Halley, Harlea, Kaeley, Kalley, Karlen, Karly, Kayley, Mable, Macey, Madlen, Maelee, Magaley, Maicey, Maisey, Marcee, Marcy, Marell, Marella, Marge, Margery, Marget, Mariel, Mariela, Marien, Mariet, Marilee, Marilou, Marilu, Marjery, Marjy, Markee, Marlies, Marlon, Marlys, Marne, Marnee, Marney, Marrilee, Marsee, Marsey, Marthy, Marty, Marvel, Mary, Maryl, Marylea, Marylou, Marylu, Mercey, Merl, Merle, Railey, Raley, Rawley and Salley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Marley.

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