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Meaning and Name Origin

Marlin \m(a)-rlin, mar-lin\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Marlin). Blend of Mary (Latin) "star of the sea" and Lynn (Spanish) "pretty".


Marlin has 6 variants: Marlen, Marlenn, Marlinn, Marlyn, Marrlen and Marrlin.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Marlene.

Marlin has 47 more related forms via Lynn, Mary: Mair, Mal, Malia, Mallie, Mamie, Manon, Mara, Mare, Maree, Marella, Marelle, Maren, Maria, Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann, Marice, Marie, Mariel, Marilee, Marilin, Marilla, Marilyn, Marin, Marion, Marita, Marja, Marjan, Marje, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maryann, Maryjo, Marylee, Marylin, Marylou, Marylu, Marysa, Maryse, Marysia, Maureen, Maurine, Maymie, Mayria and Mollie.


Marlin is a somewhat popular first name for women (#3788 out of 4276, Top 89%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#5577 out of 88799, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Marlin and related names. Lynn, Malia (#345 the previous year), Mallie, Mamie, Mara (#695), Maren, Maria (#115), Mariam (#568), Marian, Mariana (#331), Mariann, Marie (#579), Mariel, Marilee, Marilyn (#405), Marin, Marion, Marita, Marla, Marlen, Marlene, Marlo, Marlyn, Mary (#120), Maryann, Maryjo, Marylin, Marylou, Maureen, Maurine, Maymie and Mollie (#803) are the popular alternative forms of Marlin (#unlisted). These girl names reached the top of their popularity during 1940-1949 and are now significantly less popular, with forms like Marie, Marlene, Maryjo, Marylin and Mollie falling out of style. The trendier birth names among these are Malia (#345), Mara (#695), Mariam (#568), Mariana (#331) and Marilyn (#405), with Mariana enjoying a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lynn, Malia, Mallie, Mamie, Mara, Maren, Maria, Mariam, Marian, Mariana in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mariann, Marie, Mariel, Marilee, Marilyn, Marin, Marion, Marita, Marla, Marlen in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marlene, Marlo, Marlyn, Mary, Maryann, Maryjo, Marylin, Marylou, Maureen, Maurine in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maymie, Mollie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria, Mariam, Mary, Mollie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Marlin is alike in pronunciation to Marlane, Marleen, Marline, Marlon, Marlyne, Marlynn, Merline, Merlyn and Myrline. Other suggested similar baby names are Carlin, Karlin, Madlin, Maralin, Maralina, Maraline, Maralyn, Marelyn, Marlaina, Marlana, Marleina, Marlena, Marleni, Marlie, Marlina, Marlis, Marrilin, Marrin, Marylyn and Merlina. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marlin.