GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: German, English
PRONOUNCED: mahr-LE-nə (German), MAHR-leen (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Blend of MARIA and MAGDALENE. It refers, therefore, to Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament. The name was popularized by the German actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), whose real name was Maria Magdalene von Losch.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Marlen (German), Marleen, Marlena (English)
DIMINUTIVE: Marla (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Marleen (Dutch), Marlène (French), Marlena (Polish)
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