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Meaning and Name Origin

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 (#2560 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Marlow and associated names. The only popular related form of Marlow (#unlisted) rated in the Top 1000 is Marley (#821 in 2014). This boy name reached the top of its popularity in 2008 and is somewhat less popular today. (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.