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I've heard Marlene be pronounced as "mar-LEEN-a" and I've taken to pronouncing it as "mar-LAYN-a".
gaelruadh19  4/28/2005
In the Netherlands (I'm not sure about other non-English countries) it's pronounced as mar-LAYN-uh.
marlene  10/1/2005
I just love this name. It's an oldie but a goodie. It sounds very classy.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
Marlene Dietrich's name is either pronounced mar-LEN-a or mar-LANE-a - not MAHR-leen.
ADT  6/19/2006
I have a friend who pronounces it Mar-LEN.
prisca  7/2/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Marlene here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
Marlene came onto the top 1000 list in the 1920's with its most popular year being the 1930's.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2006
I just love this name, very classy. I have only known one person with this name, many years ago, and she was very smart, sweet, quiet and pretty and pronounced her name MAHR-leen.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2006
I like the German pronunciation of this name, especially since it reminds me of Marlene Dietrich. But I don't like the English version that much. It sounds like the Irish names ending in '-een, ' some of which I like but others sound very dated.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2007
Abby Dalton's birth name is Marlene Wasden.
CharlieRob  5/5/2007
I love this name! My aunt has this name and it fits her to a tee. Pretty, sophisticated, and sweet.
Honeyrose  7/29/2007
Marlene is the name of a character in Squaresoft's legendary title Final Fantasy VII, and many related works.
Lomesir  12/20/2007
There was a character mentioned in Harry Potter named Marlene McKinnon. She was in the Order of the Phoenix and died during the first war.
― Anonymous User  2/26/2008
Pronounced mahr-LE-na (German), second a pronounced like first E.
Sirup  4/8/2008
This name is also used a lot in Norway, pronounced something like Mahr-LEN-uh with a long e sound.
― Anonymous User  4/17/2008
I don't like the -ene ending of this name. It makes it sound like an old-fashioned US country girl name.
slight night shiver  4/30/2008
The German name Marlene is neither pronounced mar-LEN-a nor mar-LE-na, it's neither a "len" sound in the middle nor a "lee" sound. It's mar-LEH-nə, with the "nə" pronounced like the first syllable of the name "Nerissa" in English. The "leh" syllable is roughly pronounced like "lay" in English, but without so much "ay", just a long German "e".
LoQuiero  4/15/2009
This is the name of a character in Only Fools and Horses.
― Anonymous User  4/15/2010
Seeing as this name came from a combination of Maria and Magdalene, then the name's true meaning is "Daughter of Maria/Mary". Magdalene means "Woman of Magdala" from Magda of Magdala and -lene which apparently means "of" like for example names of Arabian origins ending in -ez which means "son/daughter of". Combining the Mar from Maria and the -lene from Magdalene should give the name Marlene this meaning "Daughter of Maria/Mary". Besides, "Woman of Maria" sounds silly.
Ryuu Lynx  8/7/2010
I already think this sounds like an "old lady name" (there really isn't a lot of youth to it), but it doesn't help that I went to grammar school with an horrible girl named Marlene. I admit, that has colored my perception.
erb816  9/6/2010
Marlene is my grandmas name. It's OK but won't suit a child. I only know one Marlene (grandma) so if your name is Marlene, you probably won't meet any other Marlene's! Marlene may sound like a boring name, but my grandma isn't! Marlene may sound boring because it's a bit dated. But, in my family, it's used as a middle name recently.
Melys11  1/2/2013
This name is really starting to grow on me. I like it pronounced mar-lane.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
I used to have this as a first name. I was born in 1972, so it was uncommon by that time. Nobody could remember it, spell it, or pronounce it, and it was viewed as a "weird name". No matter the pronunciations I tried, I always thought it was a horrible name that didn't suit me at all. I was so happy when I finally legally changed it in my twenties. Granted, this is just my personal feeling, but please consider how this name will sound for a girl in this day and age. Anyone who doesn't remember the song "Lili Marleen"--when it came out--is too young and modern for this old, dreary name.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2014
One of the most classiest names for a girl. I don't know why this name is almost never used anymore.
twlightblack11  2/28/2015
Marlene is the name of the leader of the Fireflies, a rebel group searching for a cure in the game of the Last of Us.
Jackun  3/22/2015
The name Marlene was given to 214 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
I do happen to like this name but I admit, it does sound dated. I can only picture the name on an older woman such as in her late 40's or older. It doesn't sound fitting for a modern day child but someone may think otherwise. Marley is always a nickname option.
― Anonymous User  12/6/2016
Marlene Weingärtner is a retired professional tennis player from Germany. She is a former top 40 player in both singles and doubles.
lilolaf  4/15/2017
I love my contemporary name, Marlene Hurwitz!
marlenehurwitz  6/3/2017
Marlene Dietrich's given name was always Marie Magdalene Dietrich, not Maria von Losch. [noted -ed]
otter  7/11/2017
I have this name. I pronounce it Mar-LEN. A lot of people say it Mar-LEEN though I'm fine with that. I love my name. It's unique and I've never met anyone with the same name as me.
Marlene1218  8/20/2017
The name Marlene was given to 150 girls born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2018

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