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Subject: Re: Meaning of Marlon?
Author: chazda   (guest, 24.175.40.226)
Date: August 30, 2004 at 7:15:45 PM
Reply to: Meaning of Marlon? by Ju-lisha
My dictionary (Leslie Dunkling 1983) says:
"Modern use is due entirely to Marlon Brando..
[his] family is said to be of French origin..
Marlon is not a French first name, and the closest one can get to it in a French context is the family name Marlin, indicating an ancestor whose name was Merlin."

Presumably the French Merlin surname would have been derived like Andy said, since the English male first name Merlin has an unrelated etymology from approximated Welsh.. however my book suggests the feminine English first name Merlin is for the bird.. whoa off topic.

- chazda

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