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What does Marley mean?

Marley Pronunciation of Marley [mar-ley] as a boys' name (also used more generally as girls' name Marley) is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Marley is "meadow near the lake". Place name. Musician Bob Marley.

Associated with: old english, meadow, lake (river).


Marley has 3 variants: Marlea, Marleigh and Marly.

Affiliated boy name: Marlow.

1 feminine form: Marlene.

Creative forms:
(male) Macley, Mahley, ..

(female) Marle, Marrel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Marley Myles (M.M.), ..

How popular is Marley?

Marley is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#5271 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Marley was first listed in 1999 and reached its peak position of #763 in the U.S. in 2008, and is currently at #863. (Top Baby 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 variant forms and related boy names. The only other popular related form of Marley (#863 from current records) is Marlow. These forms of Marley were at the top of their popularity in 2014 (usage of 0.01%) and have remained as common to this day (usage 0.01%, 6%). Marley is the most trendy baby name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marley, Marlow in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Marley is pronounced similarly to Marloe, Marlowe, Moorley, Moorly, Morlee, Morley, Morly and Morrley. Other suggested similar names are Arley, Bailey, Baley, Barkley, Bartley, Bayley, Burley, Carey, Carley, Carly, Carrey, Corley, Dailey, Daley, Darbey, Dawley, Earle, Earley, Early, Farlee, Farley, Farly, Farnley, Garlen, Hagley, Hailey, Haley, Halley, Harley, Harly, Hartley, Harvey, Hawley, Hayley, Hurley, Jarvey, Kaley, Larrey, Macey, Malek, Mallery, Manlea (see Manley), Manly, Marek, Markel, Marlan, Marlen, Marlin, Marten, Marty, Marvel, Marven, Massey, Matvey, Maxey, Merle, Merlen, Mersey, Morey, Morrel, Muriel, Oakley, Paley, Parrey, Sorley, Wardley and Warley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Marley.

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