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What does Marlo mean?

Marlo Pronunciation of Marlo [mar-lo] as a girls' name. Modern name: possibly variant of Marlene or from the surname Marlow. Popular in the 1970s due the actress Marlo Thomas.

Associated with: modern, surname.


Marlo has 3 variants: Marlon, Marlow and Marlowe.

Related girl names: Marla and Mary.

16 more alternative forms via Marlene: Marla, Marlana, Marlane, Marlea, Marlee, Marleen, Marlen, Marlena, Marleni, Marley, Marlie, Marlin, Marlina, Marline, Marlyn and Marna.

Creative forms:
(female) Malo, Marlia, ..

(male) Marle, Marmo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Marlo Summer (M.S.), ..

How popular is Marlo?

Marlo is a very prominent first name for women (#1697 out of 4276, Top 40%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#52500 out of 150436, Top 35%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Marlo entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #639 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Marlo are Marla, Marlana, Marlane, Marlee (#454 from current records), Marleen, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene (#1174), Marley (#218), Marlie (#1202), Marline, Marlowe (#1145), Marlyn, Marna and Mary (#124). Other forms, like Marlina, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Marlo was at its most widespread a century ago (average #1875) and is now significantly lower (#1519, down 96%), with forms such as Marla becoming less stylish. Marlee and Marley are two of the more fashionable birth names in this list.

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

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

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

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

Similar Names

Marlo is pronounced similarly to Marleah, Merla, Mirla and Myrla. Other recommended names are Mable, Maeko, Magli, Mal, Mala, Mali, Mally, Mando, Mara, Marah, Marci, Marcy, Mare, Maree, Marell, Maren, Marfa, Marg, Marga, Margalo, Marge, Margi, Margo, Margot, Margy, Mari, Maria, Marie, Mariko, Marilou, Marilu, Marin, Marion, Maris, Marit, Marja, Marje, Marji, Marjo, Marjon, Marjy, Marlis, Marlys, Marne, Marni, Marra, Mart, Marta, Marte, Marth, Marti, Marty, Marva, Marve, Marya, Maryjo, Maryk, Maryl, Marylou, Marylu, Maryn, Maryon, Marys, Merl, Merle, Murle and Myrle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marlo.

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