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What does Marlow mean?

Marlow \m(a)-rlow, mar-low\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' 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 variants: Marloe and Marlowe.

Marlow has 3 more related forms via Marley: Marlea, Marleigh and Marly.

Marlow has 1 feminine form: Marlo.


Marlow is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#2511 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

The only popular related form of Marlow (#unlisted) rated in the Top 1000 is Marley (#821 in 2014). These boy names reached the top of their popularity in the year 2008 (usage of 0.237%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.179%, down 24.5%). Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Marlow and associated names. (2014 Birth 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

Suggested similar baby names are Barlow, Carlow, Farlow, Harlow and Marlon. These names tend to be more frequently used than Marlow.