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Famous bearers: Marilyn Monroe and Marilyn Manson.
heartagram666  12/6/2005
Marilyn Monroe was just her stage name. Her birth name was Norma Jeane Mortensen.
CharlieRob  5/5/2007
Marilyn Monroe (aka Norma Jeane Baker) hated the name "Marilyn Monroe" because she thought it sounded fake. She was proud of the name "Norma Jeane Baker" and didn't really want to change it, but her producer (? or someone) made her. I like the name Marilyn though. It's only tainted for me because Marilyn Monroe (or should I say, Norma Jeane Baker) disliked it so.
katykat  7/13/2007
There seems to be a bit of debate up there over Marilyn Monroe's ACTUAL surname.
The lovely Ms. Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but she went by Norma Jean Baker in life, and in some of her early modeling and acting was credited as "Norma Jean Dougherty."
DaphneSusan  12/31/2010
Now that you say about an Egyptian meaning, I once dreamed I was in front of a lot of giant doors, with strange symbols, lines, and some time after that I found that those doors belonged to Egyptian mythology. Rare, I didn't new that!
Mari21  12/6/2005
I'm happy with the name Marilyn.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2005
Marilyn is the birth name of actress Kim Novak - born Marilyn Pauline Novak.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2005
Marilyn Rowe was a ballerina.
lindamaree  3/8/2006
Marilyn Miller was the actress whom inspired Norma Jeane Dougherty to name herself Marilyn (Monroe).
lindamaree  3/8/2006
Seems like a feminine name.
lindamaree  3/8/2006
I immediately think of Marilyn Manson, who of course chose the name after Marilyn Monroe and convicted mass-murderer Charles Manson for shock value.
Dray  8/22/2006
I've never really liked this name much and I don't know why. Even Marilyn Monroe can't make it pretty enough for me---and now I have the much less pleasant association of Marilyn Manson!
― Anonymous User  6/2/2007
Most people I know pronounce it MAR-ill-in.
Michelle_Candice  7/3/2007
I never liked this name until I started listening to Marilyn Manson. Now I absolutely love it. He's also made me think of it as a name better suited for men than women. Also, in the cartoon 6Teen, one episode features a male character named Marilyn.
Hato-chan  9/22/2007
I know a young mother who named her daughter Marilyn after Marilyn Monroe. This was just three or four years ago. I was surprised at how refreshing this name sounded for a baby and how nice it was to hear something different from all the trendy names in vogue today. It made me consider this name in a new light and I realized how pretty it really is.
queenv  9/29/2007
This name is so sweet.
pennycarroll  2/20/2008
A famous bearer is Marilyn vos Savant (born August 11, 1946), American magazine columnist and author. She rose to fame through her listing in the Guinness Book of World Records as having "Highest IQ". She's written her "Ask Marilyn" column in "Parade" magazine, where she answers questions for readers on smany subjects. She is the wife of scientist Robert Jarvik.
AndrewJKD  4/1/2008
It's actually a very pretty name, but people would surely assume anyone named this since the 1950s or so was named after Marilyn Monroe. I'm pretty sure this name will be associated with her for a long time to come, and it sounds a tad old-fashioned, but not in a bad way. Some people have expressed interest in using this as a male name, inspired by Marilyn Manson. Now that's what I call sheer lunacy. This name is extremely feminine, and a boy named Marilyn would suffer. Suffer, I tell you! I HIGHLY doubt people will listen to Marilyn Manson's crappy music decades from now, or even a decade from now. Somehow I doubt it has that staying power. The band became popular and famous because of the lead singer saying controversial things, and because of the controversial lyrics of the band. Sorry, but that's nothing new, and it's no recipe for decades of success. So, people will basically just say ''Marilyn who?'' to the boy and beat him up. I'm not happy about the idea, but people are cruel. Especially in middle school.
slight night shiver  4/30/2008
This name sounds pleasant to me. I think it might be a nice name for a boy. I've heard of this name being used for boys on a few occasions (and no, I'm not talking about Marilyn Manson, that's not his real name I don't care much for him). It's pretty.
Pippin  5/6/2008
It's okay. I like it better spelled Marilynn.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2008
Even with the association with Marilyn Monroe, all I'm reminded of is what it is, Mary and Lyn. Which aren't very interesting to me. I sounds more like an old woman to me. Not that it's a bad name, I just don't see it as a young hip supermodel-actress kind of name.
not_another_Jessica  12/17/2008
Marilyn is the normal teenage girl in the old show "The Munsters".
camilana646  3/27/2009
Marilyn Manson ruined this name. Bleh.
Kerules  4/8/2009
Wide range of associations- from the intellectual to the fashionista to the awful musician. The latter two are the reason why this name isn't very common despite the "-lyn" name trend. Marilyn is a pretty name, though, and I'd like to see it make a revival.
lucyskydiamonds  2/26/2010
Marilyn Horn is a great American opera singer.
― Anonymous User  3/13/2010
I had no real thoughts on this name before I listened to Marilyn Manson. Now, I loathe the man, his name, and his awful music. But his personality is even worse. He and his image has always struck me as being completely fake, ugly and perverted. So no, I don't have the most positive associations with this name. Even the Marilyn Monroe association can't redeem it for me (though I've never even liked her that much either, but she's certainly a better namesake than Marilyn Manson). But, associations aside, the name is actually rather pretty. Though the -lyn ending feels quite 1950s to me, it gives it a sort of old-fashioned charm and quaintness. So, I don't think Marilyn is a bad name per se, just, for me, it has become tainted with bad associations.
shotgun_wedding  4/2/2010
This is such a beautiful name, in my opinion, and Miss Monroe adds to that.
I love Marilyn Monroe, she's watching me from my bedroom wall right now [a poster, obviously] and she's gorgeous. She came out with so many great quotes and I was going to post them, but I feel they'd be inappropriate. She was such a sad person, though, which is heartbreaking.
alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
While I adore Marilyn Monroe, I just don't think Marilyn is a good choice for a baby of early 21st century. There's something about it that just doesn't seem right for a baby, at least at this point in time.
GibsonGirl  8/21/2011
Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson) was an iconic American actress.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
Goes well with Pearl.
555jazzy  10/20/2012
Pretty, but everyone would think its after Marilyn Monroe (which, of course, wasn't her real name) this isn't bad, but I'd think the constant references would get annoying. But that's what happens when the name is so well known on a certain person, such as Elvis.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2013
Marilyn Milos (b. 1940) is an American nurse and human rights activist. She is best known for her work as the founder and director of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC), an organization that opposes nontherapeutic genital surgery of children.
GoodNightingale  9/20/2013
I was born in the year 2000 with the name Marilyn. I have NEVER met another girl my age with the name as I was named after my grandmother. I used to adore my name but I have wanted to change my name for a few years now because I hate the way it sounds (when said fast or slurred it sounds like "Merlin"). However, I do think that my first and middle names go perfectly together - Marilyn Loraine. So if you're considering this name think about the middle name too. With love, Marilyn Loraine.
MailynLoraine  7/16/2014
My name is Marilyn, & I was born in the 1960s. I was named after my mother who was named after Marilyn Miller, an actress & Ziegfield Folly popular in the 1930s. I was the only one in school with the name & have never met anyone my age named Marilyn. I do like it though, because it reminds most people of Marilyn Monroe, forever the most popular Hollywood sex symbol. I've read some comments saying it sounds like an old lady, etc. It absolutely doesn't. The name is timeless.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2014
Marilyn is a lovely name for a girl. Very pretty looking and sounding and ages very well.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2015
Pretty name. It rolls nicely off the tongue, and reminds me of daffodils, for some reason.
Hushpuppy  7/13/2015
Since I have been the bearer of the name Marilyn for over 56 years, I feel a bit entitled to comment. In younger days I did not really care for the name. Now, I like it. Once read the meaning as blessed fragrance. My 2nd name, Grace, I feel compliments quite well.
As for the spelling it should just be Marilyn. People mix up the I and the y all the time, no need to make it even more difficult. It is an uncommon name these days and perhaps not heard of with current baby names. But recently, I heard of a baby girl on the way to friends that is named Madeline Grace. Close enough! Very lovely name! Enjoy your name... what ever it is.  1/31/2016
I was named after my mother and my Grandmother. At least 3 generations before me. Now 2 generations after me. Let's share the beautiful heritages that our names are.  1/31/2016
It is a combination of Mary and Lynn, which could both be masculine. Mary is mostly feminine, and Lynn is too. Marion is a better name for boys. Naming a boy Marilyn is equal to naming a girl Jacob. Marilyn Monroe was the most famous bearer, Marilyn Manson used her name. Naming your daughter Marilyn honors Ms. Monroe.
Eileen1209864  4/26/2016
I am a relatively young Marilyn (in my 20's). My mom went almost 9 months planning on naming me Harbor Sophie. On her way to the hospital she heard Elton John's song Candle in the Wind (written to honor Marilyn Monroe) and changed her mind.

I get SO many compliments on my name and more often than not I hear "wow, that's such a beautiful name." I've never personally met another Marilyn under the age of sixty or so.

Basically I'm just commenting to stand up for the name :). I think it's stunning and underused. I hear Monroe all of the time. Very rarely do I hear someone referencing Manson.
MrsMarilynDorsey  5/1/2016
I'm a 42 year old Marilyn. I love my name, always have. My only problem with it is that people usually mispronounce it. So whenever I say "That's not how I pronounce it" they either correct me or very rudely tell me that I don't know how to pronounce my own name. The only place where people seem to pronounce it the way I do is in England. Most people in the South in the States where I now live, they pronounce it Mary-Lyn as opposed to Mar-ill-in, like someone posted before. It really drives me crazy.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2016
Also used for males.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  1/1/2017
Marilyn Chambers was an American pornographic film actress, exotic dancer, model, actress, and vice-presidential candidate. She was best known for her 1972 hardcore film debut Behind the Green Door and her 1980 pornographic film Insatiable. She ranked at No. 6 on the list of Top 50 Porn Stars of All Time by AVN, and ranked as one of Playboy's Top 100 Sex Stars of the Century in 1999. Although she was primarily known for her adult film work, she made a successful transition to mainstream projects and has been called "porn's most famous crossover".
cutenose  3/4/2017
I'm a 25 year old woman with the name Merilyn :) pronounced exactly the same way. I do get people saying they think my name sounds happier and more friendly with that spelling :) I love my name and it's spelling. It sounds glamorous and voluptuous ;) while still sounding sweet and cheerful.
Merilyn  3/4/2017
Marilyn is probably my favourite Mary related name. It's stunning, and the Monroe connection is positive. I think that it's a lovely choice for a modern baby, now that it is no longer super popular.
Paula Puddephatt  5/15/2017
I am Marilyn and I am 70 years of age. There are not so many Marilyn's nowadays. Seems like my age group are the Marilyn's. Maybe it will become popular again.
raindrops keep falli  1/1/2018
My name is Marilynn (pronounced Mare-ra-lynn).
I've always loved my name and the fact that it is not a very common name is a plus. My father was a classical jazz musician who liked the melodic sound of this name. I think that it is a pretty, feminine name for a girl.
― Anonymous User  2/8/2018

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