What does Marlin mean?
Marlin [mar-lin] as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Marlin) has its roots in Old English, English and Welsh, and Marlin means "land near the lake; sea fortress". Marlin is a variant form of Marland (Old English). Marlin is also a derivative of Marlon (English): possibly (Old French) "little hawk". Marlin is also used as a variation of Merlin (Welsh).
(male) Marlik, Morlin, ..
(female) Marann, Marmil, .. Middle name pairings:
Marlin Emmit (M.E.), ..
How popular is Marlin?
Marlin is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#609 out of 1220, Top 50%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#5858 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Marlin reached its peak position of #294 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is presently at #1852. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. Marlan, Marland, Marlen, Marlon (#817 in 2015), Merle, Merlin and Merlyn are the popular related forms of Marlin (#1852 in 2015) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Marlin reached its peak in the 1920s (average #1140) and is now significantly reduced, with versions such as Merlin becoming less fashionable.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Aarin, Arlin, Bartin, Berlin, Cardin, Carlin, Carmin, Darin▼, Darvin, Darwin, Daylin, Earvin, Farin, Farlie, Garlan, Garlen, Garlin, Garlind, Garlyn, Garrin, Garwin, Gaylin, Hamlin, Harbin, Harkin, Harlan, Harlen, Jaelin, Jarin, Jarrin, Kaelin, Karlan, Karli, Karlin, Katlin, Larin, Larrin, Machin, Malik▼, Malin, Mallen, Mallik, Malvin, Marden, Mardyn (see Marden), Marino, Mario, Marion▼, Marlea, Marley▲, Marlow, Marly, Marmion, Marti, Martijn, Martin▼, Martino, Marton, Marven, Marvin▼, Marwin, Maslen, Masling (see Maslin), Maslon, Masslin, Maurin, Murvin, Nalin, Parkin, Paulin, Tallin, Tarin, Tarrin, Warrin and Waylin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marlin.See names in meaning and etymology.