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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:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html
-- _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

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