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What does Marlowe mean?

Marlowe /mar-lo-we/ as a boys' name (also used more commonly as girls' name Marlowe) is of Old English derivation, and the meaning of Marlowe is "driftwood". Marlowe is an alternate form of Marlow (Old English) with the suffix -e.


Marlowe has 1 variant: Marloe.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Manlowe, Marrlowe, ..

(female) Marloma, Marlova, ..

How popular is Marlowe?

Marlowe is a rare given name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#5097 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Marlowe for boys. Marlowe was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its top position of #1675 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

The only other prominent variation form of Marlowe is Marlow. Adoption of these forms of Marlowe was at its highest 84 years ago (average #1579).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlowe, Marlow in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Marlowe is alike in pronunciation to Marlea, Marley, Marly and Morlee. Other suggested similar names are Arlowe, Arnowe, Barlow, Barlowe, Carewe, Carlow, Carlowe (see Carlow), Farlow, Harloe, Harlow, Ludlowe (see Ludlow), Maccowen (see Macgowan), Mahlon, Mallon, Mallorie, Mallory, Malory, Marco, Marcos, Mardon, Mareo, Mario, Marion, Markese, Markise, Markize, Marko, Markos, Markov, Marlan, Marland, Marlen, Marlin, Marlinn (see Marlon), Marlon, Marlond, Marlondo, Marlonn (see Marlon), Maro, Marom, Marque, Martie, Marton, Marve, Marwood, Marzo, Maslon, Merle, Morrow, Morrowe (see Murrow), Murrow and Onslowe (see Onslow). These names tend to be more commonly used than Marlowe.