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Marlin (boy)

What does Marlin mean?

Marlin Pronunciation of 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).

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


Marlin has 8 variants: Marlan, Marlen, Marlinn, Marlonn, Merlen, Merlinn, Merlyn and Merlynn.

3 more alternative forms via Marland, Marlon, Merlin: Marlond, Marlondo and Merle.

Creative forms:
(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)

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

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

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlin, Marlan, Marland, Marlen, Marlon in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merle, Merlin, Merlyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested 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.

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