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What does Marlon mean?

Marlon Pronunciation of Marlon [mar-lon] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Marlon) is pronounced MAR-lon. It is of English origin. Possibly (Old French) "little hawk", or a variant of Merlin or Marcellus. Modern use is inspired by actor Marlon Brando.

Associated with: old, little, hawk (eagle), modern.


Marlon has 6 variants: Marlan, Marland, Marlen, Marlin, Marlinn and Marlonn.

5 more related forms via Marcellus, Merlin: Merle, Merlen, Merlinn, Merlyn and Merlynn.

1 feminine form: Marlen.

Creative forms:
(male) Malon, Morlon, ..

(female) Marmon, Marson, ..

Middle name pairings:
Marlon Malek (M.M.), ..

How popular is Marlon?

Marlon is a very prominent first name for men (#497 out of 1220, Top 41%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#114852 out of 150436, Top 76%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Marlon entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its highest rank of #278 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #817 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Marlon (#817 a year ago) listed in the Top 2000 are Marcellus (#1245 a year ago), Marlan, Marland, Marlen, Marlin (#1852), Merle, Merlin and Merlyn. Adoption of these relations of Marlon reached its most widespread a century ago (usage of 0.14%) and is now significantly diminished (usage 0.03%, down 81.1%), with versions like Merle becoming less trendy.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aaron, Bardon, Baron, Barron, Barton, Carlin, Carlos, Carlow, Carlton, Caron, Carson, Dallon, Dalon, Darion, Daron, Daylon, Farron, Garlan, Garlin, Garon, Garron, Garson, Garton, Gaylon, Harlen, Harloe, Harlow, Harmon, Haron, Haroon, Jaelon, Jaron, Jaylon, Karlin, Karlton, Laron, Larson, Malin, Mallen, Mallin, Mallon, Marco, Marcos, Marden, Mardon, Mareo, Marko, Marlea, Marloe, Marlond, Marlondo, Marmeon (see Marmion), Marmion, Marmyon (see Marmion), Maro, Marshon, Marston, Martin, Marton, Marven, Marvin, Maslin, Maslon, Mason, Masslon (see Maslin), Maxson, Merton, Myron, Parson, Parton, Talon, Tarron, Vardon, Verlon and Warton. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marlon.