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Meaning and name origin

Marlow \m(a)-rlow, mar-low\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Marlow), is pronounced MAR-loh. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Marlow is "driftwood". The original phrase literally means "lake leavings". It became the name of a place in Buckinghamshire, England, and then was used as a surname designating families from that area. Marlowe and Marley are occasionally used for girls. English playwright Christopher Marlowe.


Marlow has 2 variant forms: Marloe and Marlowe.

There is 1 feminine form of Marlow: Marlo.


Marlow is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2560 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Marlow and its variant forms. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Marley (#821). (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marley in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Marlow is also pronounced similarly to Marlea and Marly. Other suggested similar baby names are Barlow, Carlow, Farlow, Harlow and Marlon. These names tend to be more commonly used than Marlow.