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What does Marla mean?

Marla Pronunciation of Marla as a girls' name is pronounced MAR-lah. It is of English and Latin origin, and the meaning of Marla is "star of the sea". Variant of Marlene. Also possibly from Migdal (Hebrew) "tower". See also Marlee and Marlo. Actress Marla Gibbs. Also form of Mary.




VARIANTS Marlette, Marlys

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA MARLEE, MARLENE, MARLO Marlaina, Marlana, Marlane, Marlayna, Marlayne, Marlea, Marlee, Marleen, Marleena, Marleina, Marlen, Marlena, Marleni, Marley, Marlie, Marlin, Marlina, Marline, Marlon, Marlow, Marlowe, Marlyn, Marna

(female) Malla, ..

(male) Marmac, ..

Marla Roslyn (M.R.), ..

How popular is Marla?

Marla is a very popular first name for females (#506 out of 4276, Top 12%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Marla entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its top rank of #243 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Marlana, Marlane, Marlee (#482 FROM RECENT DATA), Marleen, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene (#1383), Marley (#221), Marlie (#1494), Marline, Marlo (#1980), Marlow, Marlowe (#1041), Marlyn, Marlys, Marna and Mary (#126) are the popular variation forms of Marla listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Marleni, are uncommon. These forms of Marla were at the peak of their popularity 78 years ago (USAGE OF 4.68%) and are now significantly less common (USAGE 0.3%, 93.6%), with forms like Mary becoming less trendy. Marlee, Marley and Marlowe are three of the more contemporarily stylish baby names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marla, Marlana, Marlane, Marlee, Marleen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Marley, Marlie in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlys, Marna, Mary in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Marla is alike in pronunciation to Marleah, Merla, Mirla and Myrla. Other recommended sound-alike names are Carla, Darla, Earla, Karla, Mala, Mara, Marell, Marella, Marfa, Marga, Maria, Marial, Mariela, Marilla, Marilu, Marja, Marra, Marta, Marva, Marya, Maryl, Marylea, Marylu, Merl, Merle, Merola, Morela, Murle and Myrle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marla.

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